How to bet the 2024 Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf
A deep field of 13 fillies and mares have been entered for Saturday’s $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park. I feel that the morning-line choice in the field is somewhat vulnerable in the deep field and will search for better value in the affair.
Filly and Mare Turf Wagers
#9 Didia (6-1) is the one to beat in my opinion for conditioner Ignacio Correas. By Orpen, the Argentine is 5-for-7 since coming to the United States led by a nice tally in the Rodeo Drive S. (G2) at Santa Anita two back, which followed a runner-up showing in the New York S. (G1) at Belmont Park in June. The six-year-old was unplaced in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) in her 2023 finale, but she was just 4 1/2 lengths back at the finish and lands in a more realistic spot for her seasonal debut on Saturday.
The bay combines good tactical speed with a sharp turn of foot, and I envision her receiving a very good voyage in this one while avoiding traffic throughout. Jose Ortiz picks up the mount atop the leading selection.
#1 Cairo Consort (15-1) brought $875,000 at auction in November and comes off of a solid run in the Tropical Park Oaks on December 23 when closing fast to finish one length back. Conditioned by Todd Pletcher, the twice Grade-1 placed four-year-old has run well on this course on multiple occasions in the past, and the rail draw seems ideal to match her off-the-pace running style, as well. If her late burst when traveling 1 1/16 miles last time out was any indication, the Kentucky-bred gray will appreciate the move to nine panels under the guidance of Ryan Moore.
#6 Ruby Nell (8-1) is the wildcard in the field for trainer Richard Mandella. The West Coast import possesses substantial early speed as the pacesetter in the cast, and the daughter of Bolt d’Oro could be any kind while running beyond one mile for the first time since the summer. Purchased for $1.2 million as a juvenile, the talented filly has been successful going long on the green in the past, and she will be formidable late if allowed to establish moderate early splits with Frankie Dettori taking the reins.
#2 Chili Flag (20-1) lacks the credentials of many in the contest, but the Chad Brown pupil owns a strong turn of foot and has been consistent in her six tries since coming to the U. S. The chestnut five-year-old was a smart winner of the Forever Together S. at Aqueduct to cap her four-year-old season, and a forward move on this occasion will see her challenging for a piece late at a big number. The Cityscape mare will be asked for her best approaching the turn for home under turf ace Flavien Prat.