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Post Time: Accelerate, Yoshida tabbed as favorites in Pegasus races

The draws for this weekend's third annual $9 million Pegasus World Cup and the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf races were completed this morning at Gulfstream Park.

Accelerate, a current 2018 Horse of the Year candidate and 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic winner was tabbed the 9-5 favorite in the $9M dirt race scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Florida track.  Yoshida (5-2) who competed in last year's Classic, returns to the turf to take on nine challengers in the inaugural Pegasus turf race at 1 3/16-miles.

The two races will be broadcast live on NBC Sports in a 90-minute telecast on Saturday starting at 4:30 ET.  First post for the 12-race card with a guaranteed $1 million Late Pick-4 is 11:30 a.m.

A look at the full fields with post positions and morning line odds are below:

Race 12 $9 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf - 1 1/8-miles
PP Horse Trainer Jockey ML odds
1 Bravazo Lukas Saez 12-1
2 Something Awesome Corrales Prado 20-1
3 City of Light McCarthy Castellano 5-2
4 Seeking the Soul Stewart Velazquez 12-1
5 Accelerate Sadler Rosario 9-5
6 Tom's d'Etat Stall, Jr. Bridgmohan 20-1
7 True Timber McLaughlin Bravo 30-1
8 Gunnevera Sano Ortiz, Jr. 8-1
9 Kulkulkan (MEX) Gutierrez Dettori 30-1
10 Audible Pletcher Prat 10-1
11 Imperative Quartarolo Gaffalione 30-1
12 Patternrecognition Brown Ortiz 10-1


Race 11 $7 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf - 1 3/16-miles
PP Horse Trainer Jockey ML odds
1 Magic Wand O'Brien Moore 9-2
2 Yoshida Mott Ortiz 5-2
3 Channel Maker Mott Castellano 12-1
4 Aerolith (JPN) Kikuzawa Geroux 8-1
5 Next Shares Baltas Gaffalione 15-1
6 Fahan Mura Cerin Maldonado 30-1
7 Bricks and Mortar Brown Ortiz, Jr. 5-1
8 Delta Prince Jerkens Dettori 15-1
9 Catapult Sadler Rosario 7-2
10 Dubby Dubbie Hess Lopez 30-1


Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

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