Gunnevera Targets Pegasus World Cup Invitational
Nov 10, 2017
Sano Says Colt is ‘Perfect’ Upon Return from Breeders’ Cup
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Gunnevera, who finished in a dead-heat for fifth in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar last Saturday, is safe and sound in his stall at Gulfstream Park West after returning from Southern California Tuesday.
“He’s perfect,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “One-hundred percent.”
Sano’s primary goal for Margoth’s multiple graded-stakes winner is the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27.
The Pegasus World Cup, the richest horse race in the world, is once again drawing the attention of the sport’s biggest names. Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner, runner-up Collected and third-place finisher West Coast are being pointed toward the event as well as Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Forever Unbridled and possibly Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) runner-up and Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) winner Sharp Azteca.
“We’ll give it a try. He was only beaten by six lengths [in the Classic],” said Sano, whose 3-year-old colt finished in a dead-heat for fifth in the Classic with Arrogate, the winner of the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational.
Gunnevera captured the Fountain of Youth (G2) over the Gulfstream Park track last March.
“He’ll walk for a week before he goes back to the track,” said Sano, whose plans call for one prep race before the Pegasus World Cup.