Giuseppe The Great Available To ‘Take The Shot’ In Pegasus After Allowance Score

by | 12.10.2017 | 6:35pm
Giuseppe the Great takes an allowance race at Gulfstream Dec. 10

Grade 1-placed Giuseppe the Great returned to winning form Sunday at Gulfstream Park, prevailing by a neck in the featured third race, a $50,000 entry-level allowance.

The Nick Zito-trained 3-year-old colt's six most recent starts had come in graded stakes, including a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and second-place finishes in the Jim Dandy (G2) and Woody Stephens (G2).

Following Giuseppe the Great's workmanlike triumph as the 1-5 favorite in a field of six in the 1 1/16-mile allowance, Zito said Mossarosa's Nina Moss would likely entertain a deal with a stakeholder for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) to run the son of Lookin At Lucky in the world's richest race at Gulfstream Jan. 27.

“She has a great quote, ‘If you don't take the shot, you can't score,'” Zito said.

Giuseppe the Great rated off the pace set by Flemish Cap and pressed by Red Crescent along the backstretch and into the far turn before being asked for his run by jockey Luis Saez on the turn into the stretch. The long-striding colt drew up alongside Red Crescent, who had taken over the lead on the turn, and gradually got the job done to win his first race since breaking his maiden at Keeneland April 8.

The ever-superstitious Zito confessed to being a little uneasy about saddling such a prohibitive favorite.

“That's why I went to the grandstand to watch, all the way down [to the top of the stretch]. You know why? That's where the exit is,” said Zito.

Zito didn't mind making the long walk back to the winner's circle to celebrate Giuseppe the Great's popular victory, achieved in 1:45.69 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Should a Pegasus World Cup deal not be made, the 1 1/8-mile Skip Away (G3) on Jan. 13 could be a next-start option.

  • discopartner

    Giuseppe! Good luck, he looks like his name.

  • talkingman17

    Give me a break, better look for another Alw race, barely won.

  • race

    Zito— some great memories, A Pegasus score would bring some new ones —Good Luck Nick!

  • the buzz23

    Pegasus is turning out to be anything but a real championship race. Never understood the concept or the timing of the race. Stronach has spent a lot of capital in this sport, and should be commended for that, but it just doesn’t fit current race cycles for the sport, and is handicapped further by the dilution of top horses to early retirement (usually following the BC).

    • Judoon

      They explained the timing of the race many times. And it actually got California Chrome last time and Gun Runner this time to stick around longer instead of retiring sooner.

      • the buzz23

        Explanations fall well short of reality. The sport will be competing with all sports betting, and needs fresh ideas to bring other generations to the sport. SA fields cards with predominantly 6 and 7 horse fields now. Maybe Mr Stronach more interested in establishing a legacy for all his work. Again much respect for what he has done. SA facilities are first class because he invested in upgrades needed. But reductions in take out and reduced racing days are coming soon.

  • Myrtlewood77

    Look at that time ? Awful ! Giuseppe , please.stay home !

  • I actually like Giuseppe the Great. I want to see him compete in future races. Do not know if he can handle Gun Runner, but he can handle the others. Several of my favorite horses will be running at Pegasus, so this would be a treat.

  • J. Nasium

    Great quote Zito, never heard that one before…LOL….How’s “You can’t win it, unless you’re in it.” I’m waiting for someone to enter a maiden first time starter in this race, win by the length of the stretch, retire right after the winning picture is taken, syndicate for a record number, and not to be seen again in public. This is how you cultivate a sport and bring in new fans….keep it up we need a replacement for dog racing and jai alai.

    • pallyhubris

      Aside from it being the slogan for the NYS Lottery for years I never heard it before either!

  • Richard C

    Who are these stakeholders that have suddenly popped up in PWC stories?

  • FagerPhD

    I could understand taking a shot in whatever that undercard stakes is (Poseidon?) but this is… odd.

  • Scot Morley

    No reason to be in the race other then to fill it. Last is in his future.

  • Kincsem

    that’d be a waste of a million dollars.

  • Erin Thompson

    This is my biggest problem with the Pegasus. In its current form it incentivizes lining up horses who should never line up against Gr. 1 types. Not good for those horses, doesn’t feel good to watch as a fan, and not a good betting product. Getting twelve Gr 1-2 runners in January may just be too much to ask in the current climate of racing/breeding.

  • gus stewart

    ever watch any sporting event that is hyped? Did any of you pay for the Mayweather Mcgregor fight. I didn’t nor watched it. but many people did just because it just was a happening. Well in horse racing there are very few. So tell some stories about owners horses. market it with some ridiculous catch words, and your probably going to get enough takers just to watch it. We in todays world find it difficult to just say no to nonsense, news, sports stories, entertainment people. can you say reality tv or fake news. They do very well!!!!

    • Bryan Langlois

      Agree…which is why no one has properly figured out how to market this sport yet…and it is mind boggling to me that no one gets it.

      • gus stewart

        I was around sports entertaiment for 25 years. Bryan its gone beyond frustration with me being a racing fan. You get it, not any in marketing eithier get it, or can do it. bean bag tossing was on espn last week from two universities. Not kidding. Anytime you have a form of entertaiment in place you can go out and sell it to cable channels to fill time spots. The thing about racing like cards its legal to wager. Many stories can be created with owners people who work around the horses. You just have to be creative in how you market it to the younger market. I got news for the industry. Having whips just dont fly under radar anymore. Im all for safety but that and a few other things and a few folks in biz gotta go.

  • Ida Lee

    You know why it’s called “a horse race” cause no one, and I mean no one, can forecast what’s going to happen at any given time, in any given race….and yeah, I’m going into it again….Solomini was unfairly disqualified this weekend …did not see it coming ….did not like it….. OK…got that off my chest again….on Giuseppe the Great….this guy has been on the verge of winning a big one and I think he has as good a chance in the Pegasus as anyone else cause who knows??? Gun Runner may choose the Pegasus to say…NO MAS …get me Songbird on the phone cause I’m going a-courtin’….

    • Donerail

      Look at the Super High 5 opportunities it creates for us. You probably are working on your bet right now.

  • CEOmike

    This horse reminds me of Michael Jordan who was cut from his high, a big striding adolescent who will suddenly have his body mature into a star, and it might happen in the Pegasus.

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