Pegasus World Cup Odds, Contender Profile: True Timber

Updated Pegasus World Cup Horses

By Ed McNamara

True Timber – Photo Courtesy of NYRA/ Chelsea Durand Photo

Distance limitations are the Kryptonite for True Timber, who would be a contender at a one-turn mile.

Unfortunately for this sprinter/miler, the $3 million Pegasus World Cup is run around 1 1/8 miles, and True Timber is 0-for-7 going two turns. He’s also 0-for-14 in graded stakes, including a seventh-place finish in last year’s Pegasus World Cup.

True Timber was third in last year’s Cigar Mile (G1) after running second in the 2018 Cigar, but he’s lost his last eight starts. It’s hard to imagine him breaking his three negative streaks in the Pegasus World Cup.

True Timber

Odds: 20-1

Post position: No. 1

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Owner: Calumet Farm

Career record: 22-4-4-7

Career earnings: $950,550

Pedigree: Mineshaft-Queen’s Wood, by Tiznow

Age: 6

Running style: Stalker

Handicapping Insights:

“He’s 0-for-7 going two turns, so forget him.” – Ed McNamara

“Nearly achieved millionaire status with third-place finish in Cigar Mile … Seventh in 2019 PWC, but has proven himself capable of hitting board against top competition … could round out exactas or trifectas.” – Noel Michaels

Notes: McLaughlin’s take: “He’s had two good races this fall and he’s training super. We just hope things keep going well.” … Before True Timber got off the reserve list and received an official invitation to the Pegasus on Jan. 12, McLaughlin said it was “no slam dunk” that he would get in. He said he was considering the Grade 3 Fred Hooper, a one-turn mile on the Pegasus undercard, as a fallback option … McLaughlin, 59, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, is a former champion trainer in Dubai, where he spent 10 years. He trained 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor and 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil. He’s one of the nicest and most approachable people in racing, and he’s remained an elite trainer while battling multiple sclerosis since 1998.

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

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