In the days leading up to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, usracing.com is publishing profiles of the horses in the race set for Saturday, Jan. 29. The profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post positions following the draw on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
By Ed McNamara
Most handicappers will need only a quick glance at this 7-year-old’s past performances before tossing him out. He’s lost seven of his last eight races, with the victory coming last January in the Fair Grounds‘ Grade 3 Louisiana Stakes. That’s his only graded-stakes win in 11 tries.
Trainer Dallas Stewart likes to aim high, so he sent Title Ready to the 2021 Dubai World Cup (11th), 2020 Clark Stakes (10th) and 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic (seventh). There’s no reason to believe he’ll do any better against superstars Knicks Go and Life Is Good. If Title Ready plods up for fifth or sixth in the Pegasus, he’ll add to owner Charles Fipke’s account, but he won’t do the bettors any good.
Post position: 7
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Career record: 28-5-6-5
Career earnings: $673,480
Top Equibase speed figure: 114
Pedigree: More Than Ready-Title Seeker, by Monarchos
Color: Dark bay
Running style: Mid-pack stalker/closer
Notes: Stewart, a 62-year-old native of Mississippi, is a bright, personable guy with a good sense of humor. He’s made numerous splashes in the Triple Crown without ever winning. He ran second with Kentucky Derby longshots Golden Soul (34-1, 2013) and Commanding Curve (37-1, 2014). He also completed the Preakness exacta with Macho Again (39-1, 2008) and Tale of Verve (28-1, 2015). If you wheeled those four under favorites Orb, California Chrome, Big Brown and American Pharoah, you struck gold and blessed Stewart’s name … His specialty is preparing closers with distance pedigrees to peak at 1 1/8 and 1 1/4 miles. Many of his 2-year-olds find their early races too short to do their best.
Ed McNamara is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about thoroughbred racing for 35 years. He has handicapped races for ESPN.com, Newsday and The Record of New Jersey. He is the author of “Cajun Racing: From the Bush Tracks to the Triple Crown” and co-author of “The Most Glorious Crown,” a chronicle of the first 12 Triple Crown champions.