Pegasus World Cup Turf Profile: Arklow

By Ed McNamara

Arklow Horse

Arklow – Photo Courtesy of Coglianese Photography

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 

Age: 6 

Running style: Midpack/rallier

Handicapping Insights:

“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.


 Pegasus World Cup Turf 2020 Contenders (Invitees)
Horse Owner Trainer
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
Richard Baltas
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


Reserve Invitees in Order of Preference
Horse Owner Trainer
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.

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