Pegasus World Cup Picks & News
The Pegasus World Cup is South Florida’s premiere horse racing experience at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, featuring the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Turf Invitational. Since it was first run in January 2017, it has continued to capture the attention of the horse racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world as a premier luxury and entertainment event on racing and social calendars.
The Pegasus inaugurated an innovative concept in horse racing since the very first race in 2017. The first version of this race offered a purse of $12 million. Each racehorse owner purchased a share in the race for $1 million. They were then entitled to a portion of the profits of the event. The 2018 race offered a record $16 million purse, although this was recently passed by the Saudi Cup. The purse dropped to $9 million in 2019 and again to $3 million in 2020, but the Pegasus is still the richest horse race in the U.S. that is not held as part of the Breeders’ Cup.
Nationally broadcast on NBC and distributed globally, Pegasus attracts A-list celebrity attendees, fashion icons, influencers and avid fans to catch a glimpse of the most iconic horse racing event of the year. A Race that was originally divided into ownership shares, it is now a free entry race with one of the largest purses in North American racing, providing lucrative opportunities for Thoroughbred owners and trainers.
Pegasus now draws the world’s top horses, and it has become the flagship U.S. race outside of the Breeders Cup. While Gulfstream has made numerous changes to the race over its short history, it is now established as a premier Grade I stakes race that draws the early-season buzz. Four year olds and up race 1 1/8 miles over the dirt track at Gulfstream in an early-season test. For fans, this is one of their first chances to see champion 3-year-olds kick off their senior campaign. Gulfstream Park has added a turf race to the program so fans can see champions run on the grass as well.
Historic wins from some of the most celebrated names in Thoroughbred horse racing includes Arrogate and 2021’s Knicks Go. Some other legendary Thoroughbred racehorses, besides Arrogate (Longines World’s Best Racehorse 2016 and 2017 Cup Invitational winner), California Chrome (two-time American Horse of the Year 2014 & 2016 and 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational runner-up), Gun Runner (American Horse of the Year 2017 and 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner), City of Light (2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner), Mucho Gusto (2020 Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner) and Knicks Go (2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner) ridden by award-winning jockeys Mike Smith (Arrogate), Florent Geroux (Gun Runner), Javier Castellano (City of Light), Irad Ortiz Jr. (Mucho Gusto) and Joel Rosario (Knicks Go).
Pegasus continues to draw the best in racing and entertainment through a continued focus on innovation. From the heart pounding thrills along the homestretch, premium dining to wagering throughout, the Pegasus World Cup offers world-class experiences to treat racing fans to a modern day race experience.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series will take place on Saturday, January 28 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Pegasus in 2023 will feature a combined $3 million purse.