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City of Light Shines in Final Breeze for Pegasus World Cup

Jan 19, 2019
Multiple G1 Winner Among Several Pegasus Workers Saturday
Seeking the Soul Works at Fair Grounds
Bravazo & Lukas Arrive

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s multiple Grade 1 winner City of Light, three days after arriving in South Florida, sparkled in his first local work and final breeze ahead a final career start in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

Hall of Famer Javier Castellano was up for the breeze, which saw the 5-year-old son of Quality Road go a half-mile in 47.26 seconds over a fast main track – fastest of 103 horses at the distance. Castellano is named to ride in the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus, the richest race in North America.

“I thought it was a very good work,” trainer Mike McCarthy said. “It looked like the horse got over the racetrack nicely. Javier was very pleased. He cooled out well and looks good.”

Video of City of Light work: click here to view.

City of Light has now had seven works since his front-running triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. 3, which came with Castellano aboard. The previous six had come at McCarthy’s home base of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

“Javier worked him the week before the Breeders’ Cup, and I told him just basically a carbon copy of what we had then, and it was pretty much what I saw,” McCarthy said. “That’s more or less what we see from him all the time.”

Never worse than third in 10 career starts with five wins and $1.66 million in purse earnings, City of Light shipped to Gulfstream Jan. 16. He will retire to stud at Lane’s End following the Pegasus.

“It’s his fourth ship of the year and fourth ship of his career. He doesn’t necessarily need to take his environment with him,” McCarthy said. “He settled in nicely here which is what I wanted to see, and it seems like to this point it’s worked out well.”

Post positions for the Pegasus and the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), the richest grass race in North America, will be drawn Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Gulfstream. The draw can be viewed at and

“It’s a week away,” McCarthy said. “Just hope everybody gets there healthy and go from there.”

Likely Pegasus favorite and 2018 Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate put in his final breeze for the race Saturday at Santa Anita, going five furlongs in 58.80 seconds for trainer John Sadler, fastest of 35 horses. The Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Jan. 22.

Video of Accelerate work:

Also working for the Pegasus Saturday were Gunnevera, third in last year’s race and an earner of more than $4 million in purses, six furlongs in 1:13.20 at Gulfstream Park West; 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible, four furlongs in 48.42 seconds at Palm Beach Downs, fastest of 21 horses; and Cigar Mile (G1) winner Patternrecognition working four furlongs at Palm Meadows in 49.45.

Video of Gunnevera work: click here to view.

Working Saturday for the Pegasus Turf were Accelerate’s Grade 2-winning stablemate Catapult, five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita; 2017 Hall of Fame (G2) winner Bricks and Mortar, five furlongs in 59.50 seconds at Palm Meadows; and Dubby Dubbie, five furlongs in 1:02.80 on the grass at Gulfstream.

Video of Catapult work:

Seeking the Soul Works at Fair Grounds

Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul worked five-eighths of a mile in 59 4/5 seconds Saturday morning at the Fair Grounds in his final major training move for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The work over a fast track was the second-fastest of 42 moves at five furlongs. The clockers caught the Dallas Stewart-trained 6-year-old horse galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:13 right after the track opened at 5:45 a.m.

Told that clocker Don Winfree, a long-time trainer of note, summed up the performance as an “A work,” Stewart said with a laugh, “Let’s go with that. I agree….  The horse worked great. He’s doing great.”

Seeking the Soul finished fifth in last year’s Pegasus. The son of Fipke’s stallion Perfect Soul has a 6-5-6 mark in 23 starts for earnings of $1.7 million, including victory in Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Clark Handicap in 2017. He concluded his 2018 season with victory in Churchill’s Ack Ack (G3), second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile won by Pegasus contender City of Light and most recently third in defense of his Clark title.

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has the Pegasus mount on Seeking the Soul.

The other Fair Grounds-based horse, GMB Racing’s Tenacious Stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat, is to have his final work Sunday for trainer Al Stall. Both horses are to fly to Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday.

Bravazo & Lukas Arrive at Gulfstream         

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas drove through the Gulfstream stable gate Saturday morning at approximately 9 a.m. with his Preakness (G1) runner-up Bravazo. Lukas, who vanned the 4-year-old from Oaklawn Park, comes into the Pegasus World Cup off a second-place finish Nov. 23 in the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs. The son of Awesome Again previously finished third Nov. 3 in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Bravazo, like Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) entry Aerolithe, is expected to go to the track for the first time Sunday morning.

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