By Ed McNamara
Winner of the 2019 Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park, Arklow rarely runs a bad race and deserves serious consideration in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1). He was only 1-for-7 last year but was second three times and third once in graded stakes.
His eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) is better than it looks, because he was only 2¾ lengths behind superstar Bricks and Mortar after covering the most ground in the race, according to the Trakus timing system. He’s been very competitive in top company from 1 1/16 to two miles, and the turnback to 1 3/16 miles should suit him well.
Brad Cox, a rising star, is one of the three finalists for the training Eclipse Award, and his horses always deserve a close look. Arklow has stamina and enough tactical speed to stalk a slow to moderate pace, and he can rally off quicker fractions.
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owners: Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway
Career record: 24-6-6-2
Career earnings: $1,816,382
Pedigree: Arch-Unbridled Empire, by Empire Maker
Running style: Midpack/rallier
“Versatile veteran could finish in the money with a decent trip, and a victory would be no shock.” – Ed McNamara
“Seems to do his best running at Belmont, topped by his Turf Classic win, but seems far too inconsistent to trust in a spot like this.” – Noel Michaels
Notes: Cox’s take: “Arklow is doing really well right now. He’s always been a horse that we thought would get better with age. I do think he’s set up for a big year.” … Donegal Racing often gives its horses Irish names. Arklow is a town in County Wicklow, on Ireland’s east coast, south of Dublin. It was settled by the Vikings in the ninth century … Like the Vikings, Arklow has prospered from traveling extensively, having finished in the money 14 times at five tracks in three states.
|Admission Office||Amerman Racing||Brian Lynch|
|Arklow||Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger, Peter Coneway||Brad Cox|
|Channel Cat||Calumet Farm||Todd Pletcher|
|Henley’s Joy||Bloom Racing Stable||Michael Maker|
|Instilled Regard||OXO Equine||Chad Brown|
|Magic Wand||Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier||Aidan O’Brien|
|Mo Forza||Bardy Farm, OG Boss||Peter Mille|
|Next Shares||Debby Baltas, Richard Baltas, Christopher Dunn,
Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan,
Ritchie Robershaw, Mark Taylor
|Sacred Life||Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables, Bethlehem Stables||Chad Brown|
|Sadler’s Joy||Woodslane Farm||Tom Albertrani|
|Without Parole||John D. Gunther, Tanya Gunther||Chad Brown|
|Zulu Alpha||Michael Hui||Michael Maker|
|American Tattoo||Calumet Farm, John Anthony Stables||Todd Pletcher|
|Mr. Misunderstood||Flurry Racing Stables||Brad Cox|
|Synchrony||Pin Oak Stable||Michael Stidham|
|Tusk||Jordan V. Wycoff||Saffie Joseph, Jr.|
For more information/tickets: PegasusWorldCup.com