If Keen Ice were to win Saturday's inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup, besting both California Chrome and Arrogate, he would likely be known as the biggest upset horse of all time. With one major upset already on the books, his victory over Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers, Keen Ice could pose a threat in the Pegasus if a similar speed duel develops on the front end. Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford told thoroughbredracing.com that while he is considering the horse's chances realistically, he is looking forward to the race.
“It's foolish to speculate about beating California Chrome and Arrogate in the same race, but should it happen I think Keen Ice becomes the biggest upset horse in the history of racing,” said Crawford. “Realistically this is an even bigger challenge than the Travers because of two great horses in the field, but it's a no-lose opportunity for us. The connections of California Chrome and Arrogate are going to be more nervous than we are. They're going to be looking over their shoulder at each other and there's a lot at stake for them. For us, it's a free role of the dice.”
A 12-1 on the morning line, Keen Ice is the third choice behind the two top contenders. With his deep closing style, Keen Ice will have to have a very clean trip from jockey Javier Castellano, especially at nine furlongs, an eighth of a mile shorter than the distance at which he won the Travers.
“Without a doubt it's a difficult assignment,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “You arguably have the two best horses in the world showing up, so what we need is a good trip and a favorable pace scenario. If those guys mix it up, we feel Keen Ice will be closing well at the end.”
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