03/17/2011 4:24PM

Premier Pegasus

Premier Pegasus
Shigeki Kikkawa
Date Track Race Chart Distance Time BSF Video
3/12/11 SA San Felipe 1 1/16 mile 1:41.20 96 Video
2/20/11 SA San Vicente 7 Furlongs 1:20.20 96 Video
11/20/10 HOL Hollywood Prevue 7 Furlongs 1:22.60 84 Video

Premier Pegasus
Owner: Cho Myung Kwon
Trainer: Cho Myung Kwon
Record: 4-3-0-1
Best Beyer: 96
Breeder: Cho Myung Kwon
Tomlinson Distance Rating: 356

Auction: Homebred
Dosage Profile: 11-6-13-0-0 (30)
Dosage Index: 3.62
Center of Distribution: 0.93


by Dan Illman

Fusaichi Pegasus, a $4,000,000 yearling by the great stallion Mr. Prospector, achieved racing immortality by grabbing the Kentucky Derby in 2000. A winner at distances ranging from 6 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles, Fusaichi Pegasus received a career-high 115 Beyer Speed Figure when taking the Grade 2 Jerome Handicap at a mile. At stud, Fusaichi Pegasus' top performers have done well at nine furlongs and above. Roman Ruler won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at 1 1/8 miles with a 108 Beyer while a fellow 3-year-old of 2005, Bandini, scored the Grade 1 Blue Grass at nine furlongs. Champ Pegasus, a long-winded turf runner, prevailed in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch at 1 1/4 miles and was able to successfully stretch out to 12 furlongs in this year's Grade 2 San Luis Obispo Stakes.

Premier Pegasus is a half-brother to Street Hero, who won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes over Pro-Ride at 1 1/16 miles. The dam, Squall Linda (by Preakness winner Summer Squall), earned all three of her lifetime wins at six furlongs on dirt and she finished third in the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. This is the female family of Trojan Bronze, who took the Grade 1 San Luis Rey at 1 1/2 miles on turf in 1975, and the influential stallion Turn-To.

The sire and broodmare sire combined for a pair of classic victories and Premier Pegasus relished his first start around two turns. Nine furlongs seems well within his range with the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Derby a strong possibility.