The 12th and final slot in the third running of the Pegasus World Cup will officially be filled by Imperative, owner Ron Paolucci announced on Twitter on Saturday. McKinzie was ruled out by trainer Bob Baffert on Friday, leaving a stall in the gate open.
Win lose or draw I've gotten where I'm at in life by following my gut (which is way bigger now than this same time last year😭) it tells me imperative is sitting on a monster race – win lose or draw we are putting up our money to find out ! Love to see my little guy trainer win
— Ron Paolucci Racing (@LooochRacing) January 20, 2019
Imperative is a 9-year-old gelded son of Bernardini who most recently finished ninth behind Breaking Lucky in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park. The Anthony Quartarolo trainee was scoped after the race, and found to have a valid excuse.
“He was full of mucus, like five out of five, which kind of explained it, because we were all baffled that he didn't just blow by that field,” Paolucci told HRN. “Since then we've cleared him and he's breezed exceptional.”
The remainder of the field for the 3rd running of the Pegasus World Cup is as follows:
- City of Light
- Seeking the Soul
- Something Awesome
- Tom's d'Etat
- True Timber
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