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.
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).
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