Clancy's Call: Handicapping The Pegasus World Cup

Bob Clancy's selections for the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup, the 12th race Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.:

Post time: 5:35 p.m.; TV: NBC; Distance: 1 1/8 miles; Purse: $16.3 million; Forecast: Cloudy, breezy and mild (70-75), slight chance of a shower.

WEST COAST (No. 2, 8-1) reeled off five consecutive victories before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Son of Flatter is 2-for-2 at 9 furlongs and should get an ideal trip from the No. 2 post. Four-year-old colt has been working well at Santa Anita for renowned trainer Bob Baffert, who won the inaugural running of this race last year with Arrogate. Wire-to-wire winner of the Travers will come from off the pace this time while the speedy Sharp Azteca leads the way through the early stages. Should be in good shape down the backstretch and might be able to work his way to the front turning for home. Javier Castellano certainly had choices and decided to stay aboard a horse that has been in the money in all nine career starts. Can pull off the upset with his best effort.

GUN RUNNER (No. 10, 4-5) clinched Horse of the Year honors in the BC Classic, his fourth straight win. Brilliant 5-year-old trained by Steve Asmussen deserves to be the odds-on favorite for the final start of his career, but he can't afford to make any mistakes. Jockey Florent Geroux's job gets tougher from post 10 because of the short run to the first turn. Son of Candy Ride will probably be pushed a little bit coming out of the gate to avoid a wide run. If he’s close to the lead and moving comfortably midway through the race, the rest could be running for second.

TOAST OF NEW YORK (No. 9, 20-1) is the wild card in a field of 12. After a three-year layoff following a second-place finish in the 2014 BC Classic, he returned to competition Dec. 6 in Great Britain and won a minor stakes race. Toss his two turf tries and he's never been worse than second in seven starts. Frankie Dettori rides the Kentucky-bred 7-year-old, whose tactical speed makes him an intriguing option for trifecta wagers.

GUNNEVERA (No. 6, 15-1) will surely be passing tired horses through the stretch. Closer has three wins at this track, including the Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes last year. His new jockey is Luis Saez, who rode seven winners at Gulfstream on Wednesday. Logical choice to complete the superfecta.

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