Pegasus World Cup Odds, Contender Profile: Higher Power

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By Margaret Ransom

Higher Power – Photo courtesy of Santa Anita Park

Hronis Racing owns and John Sadler trains Higher Power, a talented son of Medaglia d’Oro who stepped up to the highest level and won the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar by 5 ¼ lengths for his first graded stakes score. He then finished third after a troubled start in the Awesome Again (G1) before ending 2019 with a strong closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), again after some trouble out of the gate.

Last year, Sadler brought Hronis Racing’s BC Classic winner Accelerate to Gulfstream Park, where he finished third in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) before being retired to stud at Lane’s End Farm.

With another strong contender for big races in southern California moving forward, Sadler decided the place to start the 2020 season for the 5-year-old Higher Power is in South Florida again with a at the $3 million purse in the World Cup.

After a winter freshening, Higher Power has been back on the worktab since late November and represents one of the stronger California-based participants in the 1 1/8-mile race.

Higher Power

Odds: 6-1

Post position: No. 6

Jockey: Flavien Prat

Trainer: John Sadler

Owners: Hronis Racing (Kosta and Pete Hronis)

Career record: 15-5-1-6

Career earnings: $1,376,648

Pedigree: Medaglia d’Oro-Alternate, by Seattle Slew

Age: 5

Running style: Front-runner/Stalker

Handicapping Insights:

Higher Power Pacific Classic

Higher Power at the Pacific Classic

“Only Grade I win in weak Pacific Classic; in over his head.” — Ed McNamara

“No slouch despite never threatening in finishing third in Breeders’ Cup Classic; will need repeat of his best outing to win this but certainly fits in all of the exotics.” — Noel Michaels.

Notes: Known by fans for his nearly all white nose … bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud and purchased for $250,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age sale last April on the advice of Hronis Racing’s bloodstock advisor, David Ingordo … dam is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys … started career in the care of Donnie Von Hemel in the fall of 2017 and was transferred to Michael Stidham late last year before passing through the auction ring.

Pegasus World Cup Post Positions
PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 True Timber Joe Bravo Kiaran McLaughlin 15-1
2 Tax Jose Ortiz Danny Gargan 8-1
3 Diamond Oops Julien Leparoux Patrick Biancone 15-1
4 Seeking the Soul John Velazquez Dallas Stewart 30-1
5 Omaha Beach (SCR) Mike Smith Richard Mandella SCR
6 Higher Power Flavien Prat John Sadler 6-1
7 War Story Joel Rosario Elizabeth Dobles 30-1
8 Mr Freeze Luis Saez Dale Romans 20-1
5 Spun to Run (SCR) Javier Castellano Juan Carlos Guerrero SCR
10 Mucho Gusto Irad Ortiz, Jr. Bob Baffert 9-2
11 Tenfold Tyler Gaffalione Steve Asmussen 30-1
12 Bodexpress Emisael Jaramillo Gustavo Delgado 30-1

Find more Pegasus World Cup 2020 and Pegasus World Cup Turf 2020 Contenders Profile here:

Spun to Run (SCR)

Omaha Beach(SCR)


Math Wizard

Channel Cat

War Story

Mr Freeze

Next Shares

Diamond Oops

Sadler’s Joy

Magic Wand

Seeking the Soul

Mo Forza





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