The $9 million Pegasus Cup is upon us. Will this third running be another coronation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic champ as the past two have? Well, let’s take a quick look and see if we think Accelerate can live up to his name as he makes the final run of his career over the Gulfstream Park dirt.
The John Sadler trained son of Lookin At Lucky is a deserving morning line favorite. Six wins in his seven starts in 2018 makes Accelerate ( 9 to 5) absolutely the one to beat. Question is, can anyone of the eleven opponents spoil his retirement party? The answer here is… without question. With that kind of money on the line, there are more than just a few talented runners here. And this is a horse race after all.
City of Light (5 to 2) is the most logical upsetter. His win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was very impressive and he was the last horse to finish ahead of Accelerate (Oaklawn Handicap). Trained by Mike McCarthy, this five-year old son of Quality Road could easily undo the going away regalia .
Here is one thought that might rattle the pillars of predictability. Accelerate and City of Light might just be the undoing of each other. What the what??? Yes, these two dirt dynamos could be speed dueling through the final furlong as the late kicking Gunnevera (8 to 1) glides right on by. Or it could be these two headliners are battling and exchanging haymakers while a hot training Seeking the Soul (12 to 1) slides through. Bravazo (12 to 1) is a hard-knocking D Wayne Lukas trainee that brings it every time out and Audible (10 to 1) has the make of a major player too. That makes things about as clear as the mud in cousin Joe Paul’s pig pen.
So what does this hillbilly handicapper really think? Spread things out a bit and bet both Gunnevera and the Soul across the board. Accelerate and City of Light should be in all of your superfecta investments. But who wins?….Don’t think we have been hitting the Shine…but we are taking Seeking the Soul in an upset almost as big as that $9 million in prize money. Good luck!!!!