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Bravazo watches the Pegasus statue from the gap on Friday morning.

2019 Pegasus World Cup Workout Photos

Date: 01/25/2019

The third running of the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is Saturday at Gulfstream Park and all the horses entered are on the grounds now. A full field of 12 was drawn for the World Cup with no also-eligibles. "New" for 2019 is the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), formerly run as the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Here are some photos of the horses prepping for the races from Friday morning. Compared to the last 2 days, it was chilly, with overcast skies and temperatures in the low 60's during training hours.

Bravazo galloped on Friday. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "(Owner Brad Kelley of Calumet) is No. 1, committed to trying to develop world-class horses. He has stepped up in every way to get the numbers. I think the philosophy has been if we cover all the bases, we'll get some world-class horses like Oxbow and Bravazo. They've been aggressive in sending out horses. Not many farms would send out the number of horses they have in training. Some of the Kentucky farms that are very successful only send out eight or 10 horses a year."
Next Shares galloped once around on Friday. Owner Michael Iavarone said, "He hadn't run in a while, and I saw he'd changed ownership and trainers. This horse is kind of a big heavy horse. He closed just unbelievably fast, ran some really fast fractions. I said 'Wow, this horse is really eager. I think if they can get this horse to go a little more ground that they've got something.'"
Something Awesome galloped on Friday. Trainer Jose Corrales said, "The horse has settled very good so far. I'm glad ... the team decided to bring him over here earlier, because it looks like he needed it coming out of the cold. It's like when they run on the sand and they come back tired, but he's settled pretty good and I'm happy with the progress."
Tom's d'Etat will make his graded stakes debut in the World Cup. He comes here off a 4 race winning streak over a 19 month stretch. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said, "His last work (Sunday at Fair Grounds) was the work that focused on getting him ready for the race. Looked like he always does, like he was just galloping, going around there with the greatest of ease. So we were really happy with it. Shaun (Bridgmohan, jockey) was happy."
True Timber, runner-up in the Cigar Mile, galloped once around. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "It's an honor to train for Calumet. They are a landmark in Lexington. The jackets were a hot item as a kid, the red and blue jackets that said Calumet on them. Growing up in Lexington, the high schools used to go there and take yearbook pictures. Calumet was Calumet, and it's great that Mr. Kelley has tried to bring it back to the top level of the thoroughbred industry."
Channel Maker is one of two Bill Mott trainees in the Turf. Owner Dean Reeves said, "He has put up some really great numbers. We looked at him as a horse that, for a number of years, we could run in the top turf races, not only in the United States, but we could take this horse to England or Dubai, wherever we wanted to go. Certainly, we had the Pegasus as a race we were going to point to when we talked about partnering in the horse. English Channel horses seem to get better the older they get. He being a gelding, the bottom line is that he is a horse we'll continue to race. Hopefully, he'll continue to improve."
Magic Wand represents Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien. She comes here off a 4th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. New jockey Wayne Lordan gets the call, and O'Brien opted to take advantage of the 7 pound break by not using Lasix.
Delta Prince gets new jockey Frankie Dettori in the Turf. Dettori said, "I heard he is training well. It looks quite open and he could have a place chance. The owners have been big supporters of American racing and if I can get a piece of the pie that would be great."
Yoshida went out for a gallop. Trainer Bill Mott (right) said, "We weighed our options and thought maybe the turf was the spot to go this time. The ownership group has another horse (Audible) in the dirt race, and this way they can split them up and have a horse in both ends. He seems like with every work he's been picking up in condition, and he's very happy with himself right now." Elliott Walden of co-owner WinStar Farm added, "I always like to be the favorite, because it feels like you're in the right spot if you're the favorite. It doesn't mean he's going to win but it means he's in with a big chance."

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