The inaugural running of the Group 1 $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational is set to take place at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 28, 2017
James Mcingvale has settled on a runner for the Pegasus Cup, a little know Argentinian bred horse with strong American roots named Eragon.
Eragon is a strong mile horse, the only question mark is his style of the big late finish, the distance will suit but from what I have seen Gulfstream favors the front runners.
I would not dismiss the horse altogether, the Pegasus will be a hard run race and Eragon will be there at the finish with California Chrome and Arrogate.
Eragon is a son of Offlee Wild (April 5, 2000 – September 6, 2016) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse won multiple graded stakes races. As a sire, his most successful offspring was until now was Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern.
For his first season in 2006, Offlee Wild stood at Darley at Jonabell in Kentucky, for a fee of $7,500 per live foal. He had several factors in his favor as a sire, specifically: his female family, through which he was related to leading sire Dynaformer; that he was an outcross for mares from the Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer lines; and that he had been a “solid” racehorse.
Offlee Wild was the leading freshman sire of 2009, with his first crop headed by champion She Be Wild, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Despite this initial success, he was not a popular sire in Kentucky with just 62 foals in his first crop, declining to just 32 by 2009. Bayern, part of his second last crop in Kentucky, then went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Offlee Wild died on September 6, 2016 of a heart attack, suffered while walking from his stall to a paddock at the farm of his owner, Tevfik Celikoglu.
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