Let’s Make A Deal: Gunnevera Secures A Spot In Pegasus, Will Skip Harlan’s Holiday

Margoth’s multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Gunnevera, expected to make his final 3-year-old start in the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) Dec. 16, will instead train directly into the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27, 2018 at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Antonio Sano said Saturday that the connections reached an agreement with one of the 12 stakeholders in the Pegasus, each of whom will put up $1 million, to run Gunnevera in the race.

“He’s going to go directly into the Pegasus Cup,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “I found a sponsor for the race, with the condition that he not run in the Harlan’s Holiday and go directly to the Pegasus Cup.”

Gunnevera breezed six furlongs in 1:15 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West. It was the third work for the Dialed In colt since dead-heating for fifth with Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

“He went very easy today with [jockey] Edgard Zayas,” Sano said. “He is doing very, very good.”

This year Gunnevera won the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Tangelo Stakes and was second in the Holy Bull (G2) and third in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1), fifth in the Preakness (G1) and second in the Travers (G1)

The second running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest Thoroughbred race, will be the final start for 2017 Horse of the Year-in-waiting Gun Runner before he is retired to stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.

Among those being considering for the race are Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Forever Unbridled and Clark Handicap (G1) winner Seeking the Soul, both trained by Dallas Stewart for owner Charles Fipke; Cigar Mile (G1) winner Sharp Azteca and Brooklyn (G2) winner War Story, fifth in last year’s Pegasus, both from the barn of trainer Jorge Navarro; Travers and Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner West Coast; Pacific Classic (G1) winner Collected; and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Toast of New York.

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