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Knicks Go, winner of the 2021 Breeders' Cup Classic is being pointed toward the Pegasus World Cup (Photo credit: Bill Denver /Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM).

January Horse Racing Stakes Calendar

The highlight of the January horse racing stakes calendar comes on Saturday, Jan. 29 with the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) on tap at Gulfstream Park.

The Pegasus World Cup will be run for the sixth time with defending champion Knicks Go being pointed toward defending his title.

The Brad Cox trainee won the race last year by 1 ¾ lengths as the betting favorite. He went on to win 5 of his 7 starts in 2021, capping off the year by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar.

The Pegasus World Cup Day card has seven supporting stakes including the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) and the $200,000 Inside Information (G2).

The $75,000 Sunshine Millions Classic is the highlight at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 15. Santa Anita hosts three stakes later that day including the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.

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We had three Road to the Kentucky Derby races on New Year’s Day and there are two more this month. The first is the $200,000 Lecomte (G2) at Fair Grounds on Jan. 22.

The Lecomte, one of six stakes on the card, serves as a steppingstone at Fair Grounds for the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) on Feb. 19 and the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 26, both Road to the Kentucky Derby points races.

Laurel Park has six stakes worth $550,000 on Jan. 22. Among the races is the $100,000 Spectacular Bid for three-year-olds.

Kentucky Derby points will be up for grabs in the $750,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 29. The race is a prep for the $1 million Rebel (G2) on March 26 and the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 2.

We could see a Kentucky Derby hopeful or two exit the seven furlong $200,000 San Vicente (G3) at Santa Anita on Jan. 29. The race is one of four graded stakes on the card.

On Sunday Jan. 30, Sam Houston hosts six stakes including the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3) and the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3).

January Horse Racing Stakes Calendar

Stakes                                       Track    Purse      Distance Surface

January 14, 2022

Queen of the Green             TuP     $60,000         7.5f     Turf

Walter R. Cluer Memorial  TuP     $60,000         7.5f     Turf

January 15, 2022

Franklin Square                      Aqu     $100,000       6.5f     Dirt

Interborough                           Aqu     $100,000       7f         Dirt

Sunshine Millions Classic  GP      $75,000         9f         Dirt

Sunshine Millions Sprint     GP      $75,000         6f         Dirt

Fifth Season                             OP      $150,000       8f         Dirt

California Cup Derby            SA       $200,000       8.5f     Dirt

California Cup Sprint           SA       $150,000       6f         Dirt

California Cup Oaks             SA       $200,000       8f         Turf

Sun Mil F&M Turf Sprint     SA       $150,000       6.5f     Turf

Unusual Heat Turf Classic SA       $200,000       9f         Turf

Gasparilla                                   Tam     $125,000       7f         Dirt

Pasco                                           Tam     $125,000       7f         Dirt

Wayward Lass                         Tam     $50,000         8.5f     Dirt

Likely Exchange                      TP        $100,000       8f         AW

January 16, 2022

Ladies Handicap                   Aqu       $100,000       9f         Dirt

La Senora                                  Sun      $100,000       6f         Dirt

January 17, 2022

Astra S (G3)                              SA       $125,000       12f      Turf

January 20, 2022

Darby’s Daughter                 Hou     $75,000         5.5f     Dirt

My Dandy                                  Hou     $75,000         5.5f     Dirt

January 22, 2022

Jazil                                             Aqu     $100,000       9f         Dirt

Colonel E.R. Bradley            FG       $100,000       8.5f     Turf

Duncan F. Kenner                 FG      $100,000       5.5f     Turf

Lecomte S (G3)                     FG      $200,000       8.5f     Dirt

Louisiana S (G3)                   FG      $150,000       8.5f     Dirt

Marie G. Krantz Memorial FG       $100,000       8.5f     Turf

Silverbulletday                     FG      $150,000       8.3f     Dirt

Sun Mil F&M Turf                 GP      $75,000         8f         Turf

Sunshine Millions Turf    GP      $75,000         9f         Turf

Fire Plug                                 Lrl       $100,000       6f         Dirt

Geisha                                      Lrl            $75,000         8f         Dirt

Jennings                                Lrl            $75,000         8f         Dirt

Spectacular Bid                 Lrl            $100,000       7f         Dirt

What a Summer                Lrl            $100,000       6f         Dirt

Xtra Heat                               Lrl            $100,000       6f         Dirt

American Beauty              OP           $150,000       6f         Dirt

Clockers’ Corner               SA           $70,000         6f         Turf

Leonatus                              TP           $100,000       8f         AW

January 23, 2022

Busanda                                Aqu          $100,000       9f         Dirt

January 28, 2022

A.T.B.A. Sales                     TuP         $35,000         6f         Dirt

A.T.B.A. Sales                      TuP         $35,000         6f         Dirt

January 29, 2022

Toboggan S (G3)                   Aqu     $150,000       7f         Dirt

Frederick Aime Mem.        FG       $75,000         5.5f     Turf

Fred W. Hooper (G3)           GP      $150,000       8f         Dirt

Inside Information S (G2)  GP      $200,000       7f         Dirt

La Prevoyante (G3)               GP      $150,000       12f      Turf

Pegasus F&M Turf (G3)      GP      $500,000       8.5f     Turf

Peg. World Cup (G1)              GP      $3,000,000    9f         Dirt

Peg. World Cup Turf (G1)    GP      $1,000,000    9f         Turf

William L. McKnight (G3)    GP      $200,000       12f      Turf

King Cotton                               OP      $150,000       6f         Dirt

Martha Washington              OP      $200,000       8f         Dirt

Southwest S (G3)                   OP      $750,000       8.5f     Dirt

Megahertz S (G3)                   SA      $100,000       8f         Turf

Palos Verdes S (G3)              SA       $200,000       6f         Dirt

San Vicente S (G2)               SA       $200,000       7f         Dirt

Wishing Well                           TP       $100,000       6.5f     AW

January 30, 2022

Jimmy Winkfield                  Aqu    $100,000       7f         Dirt

Texas Turf Mile                       Hou    $200,000       8f         Turf

Houston Ladies Cl (G3)       Hou    $400,000       8.5f     Dirt

Jersey Lilly Turf                     Hou    $75,000         8.5f     Turf

Connally Turf Cup (G3)       Hou    $200,000       12f      Turf

Pulse Power Turf Sprint     Hou    $100,000       5f         Turf

Stonerside Sprint                   Hou    $75,000         6f         Dirt

Baffle                                           SA      $75,000         6.5f     Turf

Lady of Shamrock               SA      $75,000         8f         Turf

San Marcos S (G2)                SA      $225,000       10f      Turf