The 2024 Pegasus World Cup will take place on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the $3 million purse has attracted a strong field from several big-name trainers. Bob Baffert is a two-time winner of this Grade 1 stakes race and he’ll hope to earn a third victory with Preakness Stakes winner National Treasure. He’s the 9-5 favorite in the 2024 Pegasus World Cup odds after drawing the No. 7 post in the 12-horse 2024 Pegasus World Cup field. However, Brad Cox’s First Mission (7-2), Saffie Joseph-trained O’Connor (8-1) and Skippylongstocking (8-1), and Todd Pletcher’s Grand Aspen (8-1) are all strong 2024 Pegasus World Cup contenders, according to oddsmakers.
Post time for the nine-furlong Pegasus World Cup 2024 is 5:40 p.m. ET. With several accomplished horses set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you’ll want to see what Santa Anita-based racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2024 Pegasus World Cup picks.
Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.
Yu also has tremendous handicapping chops. In a wide-open Kentucky Derby in 2021, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager last year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.
Since the end of February, she has crushed the Saudi Cup, riding a 15-1 winner, nailed Derma Sotogake to win the UAE Derby and hit the exacta in the Santa Anita Derby. She has hit the exacta in the Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Gold Cup and had both the winner and exacta in the Summertime Oaks and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Last July, she smashed the Haskell Stakes for a $663 score, hitting 12-1 winner Geaux Rocket Ride as well as the exacta.
Now, Yu has handicapped the 2024 Pegasus World Cup lineup, made her picks and constructed her best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see them.
Top 2024 Pegasus World Cup predictions
One surprise: Yu is completely fading Skippylongstocking, even though he’s one of the top favorites at 8-1. The five-year-old son of Exaggerator (the 2016 Preakness Stakes winner) out of War Chant mare Twinkling has already run 20 times in his career, capturing six wins including four graded-stakes victories.
However, he’s also failed to hit the board entirely eight different times in his career and he was a seventh-place finisher in this race last year. Skippylongstocking will be making his 10th career start at Gulfstream Park and he only won on three of those occasions.
He went to the front to win on off tracks for his two biggest wins of 2023 but Yu doesn’t think he’ll have any chance of setting the pace even if there’s weather on Saturday. She calls him “hard to endorse” and isn’t including him in any of her 2024 Pegasus World Cup bets. You can see all of Yu’s 2024 Pegasus World Cup bets here.
How to make 2024 Pegasus World Cup picks
Moreover, Yu’s top pick is a horse who is “primed for a big effort.” She also is high on a “grinder” who is not among the 2024 Pegasus World Cup favorites. She is including these horses in her 2024 Pegasus World Cup bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2024 Pegasus World Cup? And how has she constructed her wagers? Visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Pegasus World Cup, and find out.