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.
By Jenny Kellner
He’s in and he’s ready to run with the fastest horses in the land as a longshot in the Pegasus World Cup. Good luck with that.
Empty Tomb is one of the seven double-digit odds horses taking on speedballs and favorites Knicks Go and Life Is Good in the fifth running of the Pegasus.
It didn’t take much thought for owner John Grossi and trainer Robert Falcone, Jr., to make the decision to run – they were recruited by Gulfstream Park officials.
The 6-year-old was claimed last summer at Saratoga for $80,000. He finished last in stakes races at Belmont and Parx, but won an allowance race at Aqueduct in November, and ran second in the Queens County. His running style is similar to the favorites, so he’ll have a rugged road ahead.
But with a field of nine entered, third place is worth a few hundred thousand dollars, and fourth is worth over $100,000.
“Even though it looks like everyone else, including us, is running for third-place honors, we’ll take a shot as long as the horse is doing good, which he is,’’ Falcone told drf.com.
Betting advice: Can he finish in the top 5 and a decent check? Don’t think so. His front-running style cannot keep pace with Knicks Go and Life Is Good.
Post position: 5
Jockey: Paco Lopez
Trainer: Robert N. Falcone
Owner: John Grossi’s Racing Corp.
Career record: 24-5-5-5
Career earnings: $356,306
Top Equibase speed figure: 113
Pedigree: Speightstown-Sure Peg, by Arch
Running style: Front-runner/stalker
Notes: Worked 4 furlongs in 49.97 at Belmont on Jan. 22, fifth fastest of 57 at the distance … Was set run in last week’s $100,000 Jazil Stakes at the Big A, but was scratched after the invite to run in a $3 million race.
Jenny Kellner is an award-winning journalist and proud owner of Toby, an 11-year-old prize-winning palomino quarter horse. Jenny was among the first female sports columnists in the United States, and has worked for the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and Newsday. Jenny also was a senior media director at the New York Racing Association, and has been an elementary school and middle-school teacher in New York, and currently in Colorado.