Top Horses To Watch At The Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup is one of the most prestigious American annual horse races. With a $3 million purse and a huge range of thoroughbred horses to bet on, this race has become a household name since its 2017 inauguration. If you’re a fan of either horseracing or betting, the chances are you’ve heard of this event and are interested in it.

In the 2022 Pegasus World Cup over $43 million was wagered over the course of 12 races, and it’s likely there will be similar interest in 2023. With this in mind—you might be wondering what some of the top horses are to watch out for. What are some of the best horses for Pegasus odds? If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’re going to take you through a list of the top 7 horses for you to watch and potentially bet on.

Top 7 Horses To Watch At The Pegasus World Cup

1. White Abarrio

Owner: C Two Racing Stable and Antonio Pagano

Trainer: Saffie Joseph, Jr.

White Abarrio is a great horse to keep your eye on because of his prestige. He was a Grade 1 winner over the main track at Gulfstream Park, zipping to victory and winning the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby. White Abarrio is a good choice due to their lineage, as the 4-year-old son of legendary Race Day, who was a good racer in his day.

2. Cody’s Wish

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: William Mott

Cody’s Wish is a now experienced racer, with experience over the course of 2021 and 2022. This 4-year-old stallion is one of the most interesting prospects for this year, with a wealth of competition experience including races at Belmont Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Churchill Downs.

3. Cybernife

Owner: Gold Square

Trainer: Brad Cox

For the first 3-year-old horse on our list, we have Cyberknife who was one of the top picks for 2022. He was a 2-time Grade 1 winner at both the Haskell Derby and the Arkansas Derby. Although Cyberknife has lagged behind some of the older, stronger horses on occasion, you can expect him to come into his own in 2023 so this is an important one to watch in this World Cup and in events beyond.

4. Proxy

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Mike Stidham

Proxy is a Tapit colt and has had a rockier road than some of the other horses on this list, but make no mistake—he’s still a front-runner that you should keep an eye on. With a Grade 1 breakthrough win at Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs in November, there’s a good chance that we could see even more from him during the Pegasus World Cup. Proxy is a good, consistent pick due to his performance over the last year or so, finishing in the first four on all of his 12 previous starts that came before his G1 win.

5. Double Crown

Owner: Lynn and Nora Cash

Trainer: Lynn Cash

Another horse to watch (and one you might be able to get some good odds on), is Double Crown. Double Crown lacks the prestige of some of the other horses mentioned above, but with some G2 career wins and some impressive placements in G1 races, you can expect him to be one to watch. It’s worth noting that Double Crown will be racing on his home track, so this could work in his favor.

6. Brooklyn Strong

Owner: Mark Schwartz

Trainer: Daniel Velazquez

Finally, we have Brooklyn Strong. This is a 4-year-old gelding who has been competing over the course of the last few years. Bred in New York and trained by Daniel Velazquez, he has managed to win some choice races including Belmont Park, Delaware Park and Aqueduct. Although he has no grade 1 wins on his record, he’s won two grade 2 races including the Sleepy Hollow and the Remsen. If you want a more fringe pick then this could be a good choice for you.

7. Charge It

Owner: Whisper Hill Farm LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Charge It is a three-year-old horse that has only just begun to race on the biggest stages. He has a fine lineage—his parents being Tapit and I’ll Take Charge—and he is trained by Todd Pletcher. After some big races including Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and Belmont Park, you can expect Charge It to be a good outlier pick if you’re looking for an interesting bet.

Final Thoughts

If you’re in or around the South Florida area, there is no event more prestigious or large than the 2023 Pegasus World Cup. With so much talent in one place, you can expect a lot of strong bets and some of the most thrilling races you’ll find in all of North America.

When making a bet make sure to properly way up your options and consider the racing history of each horse. We wish you the best with any future bets you decide to make and hope that our list has helped narrow down some of the frontrunners for this year!




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