Sir Winston Seems To Repeat History In Pegasus World Cup – Horse Racing Information

Sir Winston (Magnificent Once again) and jockey Joel Rosario gain the Belmont Stakes (Gr I) at Belmont Park 6/8/19. Trainer: Mark Casse. Owner: Tracy Farmer

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston is on class for a begin in Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus Environment Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park 2 1/2 many years after reaching his occupation emphasize with a 14-1 upset victory in the 2019 Belmont Stakes.

Between the son of Brilliant Again’s victims in the 3rd leg of the 2019 Triple Crown was War of Will, his far more celebrated stablemate in the barn of Corridor of Famer Mark Casse who was coming off a victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1) 3 months prior.

“I explained to folks just before the Belmont, ‘I think you happen to be missing someone.’ I said, ‘It would not shock me if he won.’ He was doing truly properly,” Casse reported. “I type of experience the exact same way now. I feel he is seriously back to himself and undertaking actually well.”

Due to the fact prevailing in the Belmont, Sir Winston, who is scheduled to take on probable 2021 Horse of the 12 months and defending winner Knicks Go and Breeders’ Cup Grime Mile winner Daily life Is Good in a star-studded Pegasus World Cup industry, has knowledgeable some tough times. None proved far more pricey than a futile vacation to Dubai, exactly where the 2020 Dubai Planet Cup was cancelled significantly less than a 7 days before the race because of to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic.

“We took him to Dubai. We ended up a number of times from jogging and they cancelled the Dubai Entire world Cup. We brought him back and it really knocked him on his rear,” Casse reported. “He just did not occur back the exact same horse. We ran him a handful of moments and he didn’t run terrific. We just sent him household to Tracy’s farm and gave him a lengthy time off. He is arrive again and has gotten improved and greater.”

Sir Winston was out of action for just shy of a 12 months but returned to the races a happier and more healthy horse for a four-race campaign at Woodbine. The Kentucky homebred received an Aug. 19 allowance impressively, prior to finishing a shut 2nd in each the Quality 3 Durham Cup and the G2 Autumn. He capped off his pretty productive season with a victory in the 1 1/2-mile G3 Valedictory Dec. 5.

“He obtained a little unlucky in a couple places. For him to get at a mile and sixteenth, he requirements to have a rather great tempo. He desires matters to go his way,” Casse said. “He could have easily received a pair additional past calendar year.”

Sir Winston, who has created a stable sequence of five exercises at Palm Meadows Teaching Heart in preparation of the Pegasus Earth Cup, has impressed Casse with his enthusiasm through his comeback.

“It’s funny but I consider he enjoys his work now more than just before,” Casse said. “He’s really expert. He generally has been, but he trains superior, functions improved. This is heading to be a heck of a race. Hopefully, we can get a piece of the pie.”

Sir Winston, who has constantly operate his greatest races at distances lengthier than 1 1/16 miles, figures to race off the early pace in the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus, very well behind Knicks Go and Life Is Very good, the entrance-functioning winner of the Breeders’ Cup Grime Mile.

“It seems like there will be some critical pace. Obviously, he desires a ton of matters to go his way,” Casse stated. “He’s emotion truly effectively, and we think he deserves a possibility.”

Sir Winston broke his maiden Sept. 12, 2018 in his third vocation start off subsequent off-the-board finishes in a Churchill Downs dust sprint and a two-switch turf race at Woodbine, scoring in a dead-warmth in a mile-and-70-yard maiden distinctive body weight race in excess of Woodbine’s all-climate floor. He concluded his juvenile marketing campaign with a victory in the Exhibit Stakes at Woodbine, encouraging Casse to consider him on the Highway to the Kentucky Derby.

Subsequent out-of-the-money finishes in the G3 Withers at Aqueduct, G2 Tampa Bay Derby and G2 Blue Grass at Keeneland, Sir Winston failed to advantage a start out in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but he did generate a begin in the Belmont Stakes with a second-location end in the G3 Peter Pan at Belmont.

Even though War of Will faltered in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont to complete ninth, Sir Winston stepped up to put Casse in the winner’s circle, closing from off the speed to earn by a duration in excess of favored Tacitus.

Casse is hopeful that Sir Winston will be equipped to pull off his next massive upset 2 1/2 many years later in the Pegasus Planet Cup.