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What horse placed in the "money" (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at the highest post-time odds in either the first two Pegasus World Cup (Dirt) Invitational races?
This year will be the third year for the running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (Dirt). Added this year will be a race with a similar name, but run on the turf. As handicappers often say the first two runnings were run “true-to-form”, meaning the winner looked like the winner from his past performances and was bet according by his fans. In 2017 Arrogate romped to a 4.5 length victory at odds of 0.90-1. In 2018 Gun Runner comfortably won at odds of 1.10-1. Interesting for the 2019 running neither of the winning jockeys from the previous races, Mike Smith (2017) of Florent Geroux (2018) have mounts, although Geroux does have a mount in the turf division of this race. He will ride the 8-1 favorite, Aerolithe. The 2017 dirt division race offered the most excitement for long-shot-players. Shaman Ghost ridden by Jose Ortiz ran second to Arrogate at post-time odds of 19.80-1. Neolithic ridden by John Velazquez ran third at post-time odds of 23.40-1. This year the two riders have similar long-shots. Ortiz is on Patternrecognition at 10-1 for Chad Brown. Velazquez is on Seeking The Soul at 12-1 for Dallas Stewart. Perhaps the two will bring home a big payday for some lucky fan.