2021 Pegasus World Cup: Mr Freeze

Pegasus World Cup Profile: Mr Freeze

In the days leading up to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, usracing.com will profile the horses in the race set for Jan. 23. The profiles will be updated on Jan. 20 with morning-line odds, post positions and jockeys.

By Ed McNamara

He was last year’s Pegasus runner-up, 4 1/2 lengths behind Mucho Gusto after setting the pace. He’s 2-for-8 at 1 1/8 miles, with three seconds and two thirds, and a winner of four graded stakes. There was no way Mr Freeze was going to catch Knicks Go in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), and he finished sixth. But if the front-running Pegasus favorite tires late (unlikely) in his first try at 9 furlongs, Mr Freeze might have a shot.

Problem: He’s 0-for-6 in Grade 1 races, and not many 6-year-olds make the breakthrough at the top level. I wouldn’t recommend a win bet on him unless he’s double-digit odds, but he’s a must-use for trifecta and superfecta plays.

If you like speedy workouts, then note Mr Freeze worked 5 furlongs in 59.83 seconds at Gulfstream on Jan. 16 (Saturday), the fastest of 39 going the same distance.

Post position: TBD

Odds: TBD

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: TBD

Owners: Jerry Isbister, Jim Bakke

Age: 6

Career record: 18-6-4-2

Career earnings: $1,595,600

Top Equibase speed figure: 115

Pedigree: To Honor and Serve-Heavenly Cat, by Tabasco Cat

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Speed/stalk

Notes: My comment on him before last year’s Pegasus: “Grade B stakes type doesn’t belong in here.” I was right about the Grade B part, but Mr Freeze went off at odds of 7-1 and ran big. He was 30-1 in the morning line, but his chances improved dramatically after 7-5 early favorite Omaha Beach and second choice Spun to Run were scratched.

Pegasus World Cup Contenders

Code of Honor
Shug McGaughey
W.S. Farish
Harpers First Ride
Claudio A. Gonzalez
MCA Racing Stable LLc
Jesus’ Team
Jose D’Angelo
Grupo 7C Racing Stable
Kiss Today Goodbye
J. Eric Kruljac
John Sondereker
Knicks Go
Brad Cox
Korea Racing Authority
Mr Freeze
Dale Romans
Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister
Sleepy Eyes Todd
Miguel Angel Silva
Thumbs Up Racing, LLC
Danny Gargan
R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch
True Timber
Jack Sisterson
Calumet Farm
Math Wizard
Saffie Joseph Jr.
John Fanelli, Khalid Mishref, Cash is King LLC, LC Racing LLC, Collarmele Vitelli Stables LLC, Ioannis, Zouas, Bassett Stables
King Guillermo
Juan Carlos Avila
Victoria’s Ranch

Also Eligibles:

Richard Baltas
Calvin Nguyen
Independence Hall
Michael W. McCarthy
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, Verratti, Kathleen and Verratti, Robert N.
Coastal Defense
Dale Romans
Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust