2022 Pegasus World Cup Betting Odds & Pick: Knicks Go The Favorite To Win Again

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Knicks Go crosses the finish line to win the Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire)

Knicks Go is back for another go at winning the Pegasus World Cup after capturing a victory in the invitation-only event last year at Gulfstream Park. NBC has live coverage on Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. EST.

Oddsmakers pegged Knicks Go as the 6-to-5 morning-line favorite, and he’ll start from the rail after drawing the first post position. Life Is Good is the second betting favorite at 7-to-5 odds, and many pundits expect this to be a two-horse race.

The $3 million Pegasus World Cup is contested on Gulfstream’s main dirt track over 1-1/8 miles. FanDuel has a Pegasus World Cup promo, offering a free $5 bet when you deposit $50 by Friday.

Here’s the field for the 2022 Pegasus World Cup by post position:

Post PositionHorseOddsJockey
1Knicks Go6-5Joel Rosario
2Chess Chief10-1Reylu Gutierrez
3Stiletto Boy20-1Kent Desormeaux
4Life Is Good 7-5Irad Ortiz, Jr.
5Empty Tomb20-1Paco Lopez
6Sir Winston12-1Edwin Gonzalez
7Title Ready20-1Tyler Gaffalione
8Endorsed20-1Umberto Rispoli
9Comandeer30-1Julien Leparoux

How To Bet On The 2022 Pegasus World Cup

Knicks Go is the headliner here as he looks to become the first horse to go back-to-back in the Pegasus World Cup since the event began in 2017. Trainer Brad Cox watched Knicks Go win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (and its $3.12 million top prize) at Del Mar last November. He’s won his past four races to seal up 2021 Horse of the Year honors.

With a victory, Knicks Go will surpass $10 million in career earnings before possibly being put out to stud.

Life Is Good won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on the undercard at Del Mar. Knicks Go and Life Is Good are clearly the class of this field. Life Is Good has won five of his past six races, including that Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victory.

Stiletto Boy, with jockey Kent Desormeaux, hit the board in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes with a third-place finish his last time out in December. That came after a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. You’re getting great value here at 20-to-1 odds. If Stiletto Boy can match his Malibu Stakes result, that will bring some pop to our triple payout.

If the two favorites do what we think they will, everybody else will be running for third place. Our betting recommendation is to use Knicks Go, Life Is Good, and Stiletto Boy in a boxed trifecta. ‘Boxing’ the bet means the horses can finish in any order.

The Bet: $50 boxed triple (cost $300) on 1-4-3

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