Pegasus World Cup Turf Odds, Contender Profile: Next Shares

Updated Pegasus World Cup Turf Horses

By Margaret Ransom

Next Shares – Photo courtesy of Benoit Photo / dmtc.com

Next Shares, one of the runners who brought co-owner Michael Iavarone back into racing after the demise of IEAH Stables (remember Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown?), has been a bit of a head scratcher.

He seems to be either right there for a win or a large chunk, or well back, like his was to finish seventh in last year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf.  He has won four stakes – three graded – since agent David Meah paid $190,000 for him in November of 2017 and his Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) victory at Keeneland in 2018 was spectacular. He’s long on talent — the issue is which Next Shares shows up for the PWC Turf at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

“When I saw him I was instantly ‘wowed’ by him, no horse had ever struck me like he did that day at the Keeneland sale,” Meah said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about him and how I could round up the money to buy him. He just screamed out to me ‘Grade 1 winner’ not just horse. So I bought him, I couldn’t go home without him.

“It took me four days to get him sold and those were the longest four days of my life, but hey look at it now! It’s been a hell of a ride and there are plenty more big days ahead, I think. Richie (Baltas) has done a wonderful job and I believe everyone who invested in my belief and the horse himself have been thoroughly rewarded and are happy.”

Next Shares

Trainer: Richard Baltas

Owners: Debby Baltas, Richard Baltas, Christopher T. Dunn, Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor

Career record: 29-7-4-2

Career earnings:  $1,677,771

Pedigree: Archarcharch—Two Dot Slew, by Evansville Slew

Age: 7

Running style: Closer

Handicapping Insights:

“Seventh in this race last year; can’t recommend.’’ – Ed McNamara

“Comes in off G2 turf win at Del Mar, but with exception of a hot streak in second half of 2018 he doesn’t seem up to the task at this level. More of a turf miler typ.’’ – Noel Michaels

Notes: Bred in Kentucky by Buck Pond Farm … won the Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs, guaranteeing himself a retirement spot at Old Friends when his racing days are over … originally an $87,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling in 2014 and sold to Michael Foster, who sent him to trainer William Cowans in Kentucky … has started at 10 tracks from coast to coast since debut in 2015.

Pegasus World Cup Turf Post Positions
PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 Zulu Alpha Tyler Gaffalione Michael Maker 12-1
2 Arklow Luis Saez Brad Cox 6-1
3 Without Parole Frankie Dettori Chad Brown 4-1
4 Sadler’s Joy Javier Castellano Tom Albertrani 8-1
5 Channel Cat John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 10-1
6 Instilled Regard N/A Chad Brown 10-1
7 Admission Office Jose L. Ortiz Brian Lynch 30-1
8 Henley’s Joy Julien Leparoux Michael Maker 30-1
9 Next Shares Jose Valdivia, Jr. Richard Baltas 30-1
10 Mo Forza Joel Rosario Pete Miller 5-1
11 Sacred Life N/A Chad Brown 12-1
12 Magic Wand Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 7-2

Find more Pegasus World Cup Picks and Pegasus World Cup Turf Entries Profile here:

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Channel Cat

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Mo Forza

Arklow

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