Following a late-closing third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic last weekend, Donegal Racing's Keen Ice is being considered for a try in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, according to drf.com. The Todd Pletcher trainee was the only horse to defeat American Pharoah during his record-setting 2015 season, but struggled through his early 2016 campaign, later diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his hind cannon bone.
The 4-year-old son of Curlin returned to the races in a conditioned allowance at Belmont Park last month, finishing third in the one-turn mile event. He came into the Breeders' Cup as a 32-1 longshot, but nosed out the consistent Hoppertunity for third in the Classic, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Arrogate, to earn $540,000. Despite having won only two races in his career, Keen Ice has earned more than $2.3 million.
“He was probably one race short of having him totally ready to peak (in the Classic),” Pletcher said. “At the same time I thought he ran well. At the end of the day, it was like winning a million-dollar race.”
While Donegal does not own a slot in the race, it is very likely that they would be able to purchase one. Keen Ice would be up against California Chrome and Hoppertunity in the Pegasus, as well as a possible Arrogate and Highland Reel.
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