2020 Pegasus World Cup predictions: Best expert picks for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta
Mucho Gusto, Higher Power, and Tax are all favorites, but does our expert think they can win?
A blockbuster day of racing on Saturday at Gulfstream Park ends with one of the richest races in North America, the 2020 Pegasus World Cup. Saturday's 12-race card features nine stakes races, six of those graded stakes. The slate, which also features the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf, will conclude with the fourth running of the Pegasus World Cup.
This year's race features ten 2020 Pegasus World Cup contenders after the top two favorites, Omaha Beach (7-5) and Spun to Run (7-2), scratched from the race on Thursday. After the defections, the Bob Baffert-trained Mucho Gusto (9-2) is the shortest-priced horse in the current 2020 Pegasus World Cup odds. Post time for the 1 1/8-mile race is 5:34 p.m. ET.
Four years ago, Gulfstream Park announced that the Donn Handicap, which had been one of the top handicap races in the country since it debuted in 1959, would become the Pegasus World Cup. The inaugural running of the Pegasus in 2017 featured a purse of $12 million and attracted a star-studded field, led by 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic champion Arrogate and 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Arrogate won that first running of the Pegasus en route to a sensational season. Gun Runner reigned in the Pegasus in 2018, and City of Light won the race last year.
Given all the hype, there's a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets in a Pegasus World Cup like this, and SportsLine's Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the top 2020 Pegasus World Cup picks possible.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has scored big on some of the biggest races. In last year's Pegasus World Cup, he nailed the superfecta, which paid $67.85 on a $.10 bet. In April, Demling scored the exacta and trifecta in the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial on the same day. One week later, he hit the same bets in the Arkansas Derby. Then in May, he hit his exotic bets in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, turning a $50.40 investment into $208.57.
Here's a refresher on those bet types from horse racing guru Jody Demling:
Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $41.10 on a $1 bet in last year's Pegasus with City Of Light and Seeking The Soul.
Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $52.60 on a $.50 bet last year with City Of Light, Seeking The Soul and Accelerate.
Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $67.85 on a $.10 bet last year with City Of Light, Seeking The Soul, Accelerate and Bravazo.
While Demling has no quibbles with Higher Power (6-1) being one of the favorites, he plans to have tickets with three double-digit, under-the-radar longshots. That could mean a huge payoff in the Pegasus World Cup 2020.
Demling has specific recommendations for trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Pegasus World Cup 2020. And he's sharing them over at SportsLine.
So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling's picks for win, place and show as well as his trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2020 Pegasus World Cup.
Mucho Gusto (9-2)
Higher Power (6-1)
Diamond Oops (20-1)
True Timber (20-1)
Mr Freeze (30-1)
Seeking the Soul (30-1)
War Story (30-1)
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