In the days leading up to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, usracing.com is publishing profiles of the horses in the race set for Saturday, Jan. 29. The profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post positions following the draw.
By Margaret Ransom
Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen trains this son of Dialed In for the partnership of his father, Keith, and his father’s best friend, Irv Woolsey, who is best known as the manager for country music legend George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and others.
The owners paid $70,000 for the colt at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2019 and since then Super Stock has won four races for earnings of more than $1.1 million.
Now a 4-year-old, Super Stock was the upset winner of last year’s Arkansas Derby to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. He finished 16th of 19. He struggled in both the Lone Star Derby and Iowa Derby in the weeks after the Run for the Roses with fourth-place finishes in each before returning to the winner’s circle in the Ellis Park Derby last August.
Three more races closed out his 2021 campaign, with a pair of minor stakes wins, and he now returns to the big leagues in the Pegasus World Cup.
This will be Super Stock’s first start against older horses and in a non-age-restricted race in his career. He has been training at Oaklawn Park all winter with the rest of Asmussen’s Arkansas string.
Betting advice: Likely had a career-best effort in winning 2021 Arkansas Derby at 12-1 odds, but the 1 1/8-mile distance is in his wheelhouse, and he could be a factor if front-running favorites falter in the stretch.
Post position: TBD
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owners: Keith Asmussen, Irv Woolsey
Career record: 15-4-4-3
Career earnings: $1,181,677
Top Equibase speed figure: 106
Pedigree: Dialed In-Super Girlie, by Closing Argument
Running style: Stalker/mid-pack runner
Notes: Asmussen saddled Gun Runner to victory in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup. Super Stock is his second starter in the fifth year of the race … Asmussen is the sport’s winningest trainer with more than 9,600 winners … Luis Contreras had one previous mount, Breaking Lucky was eighth in 2017… Super Stock’s dam, Super Girlie, passed through the auction ring twice, first for $35,000 as an Ocala Breeders’ Sales yearling in 2008, and again this past November for $750,000 in foal to Horse of the Year Authentic.