Can Gunnevera Pull off the Improbable Upset in the Pegasus World Cup?

Gunnevera is 15-1 Long Shot to Win $16 Million Pegasus World Cup

The 2nd running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational is set for Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park, and the post-position draw and morning line odds are tilted towards the heavy favorite Gun Runner (4-5) and a trio of other contenders. Gun Runner is the newly-crowned Horse-of-the-Year Eclipse Award winner and will try to win the final race of his career over 11 other rivals. But the excitement surrounding the world’s richest also includes the opportunity to hit a big long shot score at the betting window, and a horse with familiarity and success over the Gulfstream track is one we recommend wagering on in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup – Gunnevera.

Following Gun Runner is the next trio of contenders that will take plenty of betting action – the pair of forwardly-placed runners Sharp Azteca (6-1) and Collected (8-1), along with Bob Baffert-trained talent West Coast (8-1), who figures to get the best staking trip behind the wall of speed.

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Gunnevera (15-1) Finished second in the Travers (G1) and a dead-heat 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in his past pair of starts to fellow Pegasus contenders. Both those races were 1 ¼ miles and now he cuts back to 1 1/8 miles in the Pegasus. The pace scenario should break his way, and jockey Luis Saez is the hottest rider going (won 7 races at Gulfstream Jan. 24) and is aboard Gunnevera for the first time. This

Gunnevera

late closer will get to track down the ton of speed in this $16 million race. Gunnevera’s Breeders’ Cup Classic race was a career-best speed figure and trainer Antonio Sano was very pleased with his workouts over the Gulfstream West course.

Gunnevera likes the Gulfstream track, having raced six of his 14 career starts over the surface with a pair of wins and five in the money finishes, including the Florida Derby when he had to break from the daunting outside No. 10 post but couldn’t run down Always Dreaming, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Gunnevera got jammed up in the Kentucky Derby last year, and ran against older horses for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He’s our long shot pick to hit the board and make us money, and a shot to pull the shocker with top race announcer Pete Aiello calling the Pegasus from Gulfstream Park.

If you’re wondering how Gunnevera is preparing for the Pegasus, trainer Antonio Sano chimes in with translation through his son Alessandro.

How is Gunnevera training?

Sano: “He is in better condition than he was for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (where he dead-heated with Arrogate for fifth). He is more mature. He’s ready for the race.”

You thought about running Gunnevera in a prep race for the Pegasus. Why did you decide against that?

Sano: “I wanted to let the horse become stronger and more mature and build up stamina. With a prep race, the horse wouldn’t be as fresh as he is now.”

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