NEWMARKET, England (AP) Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien won the 2,000 Guineas for a record-extending ninth time as his son Donnacha claimed victory riding on Saxon Warrior on Saturday.
Maintaining his unbeaten record, Saxon Warrior reportedly strengthened up over the winter and duly cruised to the front from over a furlong out. He never looked like being caught, winning by a length and a half in the colts’ showpiece.
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The 19-year-old Donnacha successfully followed his older brother Joseph, now a leading dual-purpose trainer having left the riding ranks.
Roger Teal’s 50-1 chance Tip Two Win ran a stormer to finish second, and the Charlie Appleby-trained 5-2 favorite Masar was third.
The previously unbeaten Elarqam was fourth.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Gulfstream Park announced the schedule for the 2022-23 Championship Meet, highlighted by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 28.
Also on Pegasus day: The $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, as well as the $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Gulfstream’s top Kentucky Derby prep race, the $1 million Florida Derby, will be run on April 1 as part of a card with 10 stakes races. Other top 3-year-old preps at Gulfstream in early 2023 include the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man on Jan. 1, the $250,000 Holy Bull on Feb. 4 and the $400,000 Fountain of Youth on March 4.
The Pegasus is returning for a seventh time. The format has changed several times in the race’s infancy; the purse structure for the Pegasus World Cup no longer requires owners to put up $1 million apiece for a spot in the starting gate for what was, at its inception, the world’s richest race with a purse that reached $16 million.
This much has remained constant: Winning the Pegasus changes a horse’s resume. No Pegasus winner has ever finished worse than sixth in the yearlong earnings among North American horses, and two past winners – Arrogate and Gun Runner – are two of the three highest-earning thoroughbreds in U.S. history.
Gulfstream’s Championship Meet runs from Dec. 26 through April 2, featuring 60 stakes races, 35 of them graded, and worth a combined $13.6 million.
LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.
Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.
“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.
Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.
Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.