TORONTO, January 27, 2023– There are plenty of Canadian-connected horses and horse people set to take part in Saturday’s highly anticipated Pegasus World Cup card at Gulfstream Park.
Canada’s Champion Female Sprinter in 2020, Artie’s Princess, trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr., tests 1 1/16 miles on the green in the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf. Owned by Ken Ramsey and the Estate of Sarah Ramsey, the 6-year-old Ontario-bred daughter of We Miss Artie sports a record of 7-1-0 from 13 starts.
Channel Maker will make his first start as a 9-year-old in the William L. McKnight Handicap, set at 1 1/2 miles on the grass. Bred by Ivan Dalos and owned by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, R.A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, the chestnut son of English Channel has $3,729,842 in lifetime earnings, along with Sovereign and Eclipse Award to his name. The winner of nine races, along with 20 top-three finishes from 49 starts is trained by Bill Mott.
Harlan Estate, also bred by Ivan Dalos, will also go postward in the William L. McKnight. The Ontario-bred son of Kantharos is 4-5-0 from 17 engagements.
Miss Speedy, bred in Ontario, will contest the Grade 3 Inside Information Stakes at 7 panels on the dirt. The 5-year-old daughter of Souper Speedy filly, is trained by dual Hall of Famer Mark Casse. The dark bay is 4-0-1 from eight lifetime starts and arrives at her latest race off an allowance victory at Woodbine on December 10.
Bred and owned by Charles Fipke and trained by dual Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Roger Attfield, multiple graded stakes winner Lady Speightspeare will go postward in the 1 1/8-mile Turf Invitational. Fashioning a mark of 7-1-3 from 13 starts, the 5-year-old daughter of Speightstown finished third in November’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland.
A lifetime winner of nearly 1,800 races, champion rider Emma-Jayne Wilson will be in the irons when Who’s the Star contests the Turf Invitational. Bred by Oscar and John Penn, and owned by M Racing Group, LLC, the 5-year-old son of Tonalist won six of his 11 starts in 2022, including three straight graded stakes at Woodbine. The Mark Casse trainee capped off his impressive campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes on December 4.
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Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms