A year after adding the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational to his Hall of Fame resume, trainer Todd Pletcher is targeting the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational for his next conquest during the upcoming Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park.
The Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf will co-headline a program with seven graded stakes Jan. 29.
Pletcher, the defending 18-time Championship Meet titlist, is preparing 'TDN Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief) for a start in the Pegasus World Cup, as well as planning for a defense of the Pegasus World Cup Turf by Colonel Liam (Liam's Map).
Life Is Good is fresh off a dazzling front-running victory in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar.
“He's an extremely impressive horse to watch train,” Pletcher said. “What everybody saw in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is what we've grown accustomed to seeing in his training. He's got a lot of brilliance. He's got speed and the ability to carry it over a route of ground. He's just a very, very talented, impressive horse. We're optimistic that he'll continue to stretch out. He certainly trains like a horse that wants to go further. We're excited about getting him back for next year.”
Colonel Liam, meanwhile, has been idle since finishing off the board in the GI Manhattan at Belmont in June. He also won this year's GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic S. at Churchill Downs.
“He's at Palm Beach Downs now and training really well. We're looking forward to having him defend his Pegasus World Cup Turf title,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully, everything goes smoothly. He's doing well at the moment.”
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