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Pegasus World Cup Day Stakes Races - Saturday, January 26

Race NameGradePurseDistance/SurfaceRestrictions
South Beach S. $125,000 7 1/2 Furlongs/Turf F&M 4&UP
Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. $150,000 5 Furlongs/Turf 4&UP
Ladies’ Turf Sprint $150,000 5 Furlongs/Turf F&M 4&UP
Hurricane Bertie S. III $150,000 7 Furlongs/Dirt F&M 4&UP
La Prevoyante H.III$200,0001 1/2 Miles/TurfF&M 4&UP
W. L. McKnight H. III $200,000 1 1/2 Miles/Turf 4&UP
Fred W. Hooper S.III $150,0001 Miles/Dirt4&UP
Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S.   $7,000,000 1 3/16 Miles/Turf 3&UP
Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. I $9,000,000 1 1/8 Miles/Dirt 3&UP

Pegasus World Cup Contenders

The 3rd running of the Pegasus World Cup will soon be set with 12 horses for the $9 million race at Gulfstream Park. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate should be the heavy race favorite. Find the Pegasus field, post positions and morning line odds below.

PP Contender ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Bravazo 12-1 Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas
2 Something Awesome 20-1 Edgar Prado Jose Corrales
3 City of Light 5-2 Javier Castellano Mike McCarthy
4 Seeking the Soul 12-1 John Velazquez Dallas Stewart
5 Accelerate 9-5 Joel Rosario John Sadler
6 Tom's d'Etat 20-1 Shawn Bridgemohan Al Stall, Jr.
7 True Timber 30-1 Joe Bravo Kieran McLaughlin
8 Gunnevera 8-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Antonio Sano
9 Kukulkan (MEX) 30-1 Fausto Gutierrez Frankie Dettori
10 Audible 10-1 Flavien Pratt Todd Pletcher
11 Imperative 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione Anthony Quartarolo
12 Patternrecognition 10-1 Jose Ortiz Chad Brown


The inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park will witness a talented field, but with a collection of strong favorites. World traveler Yoshida is pointed toward the $7 million race and is the favorite.

PP Contender ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Magic Wand 9-2 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien
2 Yoshida 5-2 Jose Ortiz Bill Mott
3 Channel Maker 12-1 Javier Castellano Bill Mott
4 Aerolithe 8-1 Florent Geroux Takanori Kikuzawa
5 Next Shares 15-1 Tyler Gafflione Richard Baltas
6 Fahan Mura 30-1 Edwin Maldonado Vladimir Cerin
7 Bricks and Mortar 5-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr Chad Brown
8 Delta Prince 15-1 Frankie Dettori Jimmy Jerkens
9 Catapult 7-2 Joel Rosario John Sadler
10 Dubby Dubbie 30-1   Michelle Lovell

Pegasus World Cup Day Stakes Overview

When you’ve got the richest race in the world – the Pegasus World Cup – on your card, you know there’s going to be great racing. But it’s not just the main event of the day which will feature high-quality racing.

Pegasus World Cup Day on January 26 features nine stakes races, five of them graded stakes. Three of the eight are on dirt and five on turf.

The Pegasus World Cup and new Pegasus World Cup Turf are clearly the highlights. The innovative races, won last year by Accelerate and previously Arrogate and Gun Runner, has had its prizemoney split $9 million for dirt and $7 million for turf, and as expected it has drawn an outstanding field. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate heads the field, but his opponents could include McKinzie, Bravazo, Gunnevera, Seeking the Soul and Audible.

Aside from the World Cup, the most valuable races of the day are two grade three events on turf. The W.L. McKnight Handicap is a great contest for 4-year-olds and up over 1 ½ miles. Previously held at the end of December, it was switched two years ago to this raceday and was won by Oscar Nominated in 2018.

The other graded stakes race on turf was also switched from late December. The La Prevoyante Handicap, run over 1 ½ miles for fillies and mares 4 and up, has been a very good race for many years, and is an important race for potential broodmares.

Two grade three races are also held on dirt at Gulfstream Park on Pegasus World Cup day. The Fred W. Hooper Stakes, run over a mile for 4-year-olds and up, has been moved from early March this year. It’s been a competitive race for many years and was won last year by Tommy Macho.

The other is the Hurricane Bertie Stakes, raced over seven furlongs for fillies and mares. It’s been won by a number of good mares over the years, including the fabulous Groupie Doll in 2014.

Punters shouldn’t forget the other three stakes races either, all of which are on turf. Two are for five furlong sprinters – the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, for all horses aged four and over, and the Ladies Turf Sprint, for fillies and mares aged four and over. The other stakes race is the 7 ½-furlong South Beach Stakes for fillies and mares, which has been moved from December.

It all adds up to a great day of racing, which should have good fields with plenty of depth. There should be great opportunities for betting.

Pegasus World Cup History

Arrogate wins the 2017 Pegasus World Cup
Viola Jasko/Coglianese Photos

The Pegasus World Cup features a day full of racing at Gulfstream Park. With it's third year now boasting a split between two features races totaling $16 million dollars in purses, the Pegasus is now seated as having two of the most lucrative Thoroughbred races in the world. The race will be run January 26.

The inagural Pegasus World Cup held in January of 2017 witnessed a clash of elite Thoroughbred atheletes. Arrogate defeated fan favorite California Chrome as Shaman Ghost, Neolithic and Keen Ice rounded out the wager tickets. California Chrome would ultimately not fire and run 9th of 12 contenders.

The premise of each owner buying an entry at the price of $1 million seemed to work and now will await to see how an increase of $6 million in purse value plays out.

Gulfstream Park enjoys warm winter weather being positioned in the state of Florida. This provies a popular location for winter racing and training by horsemen and owners.

For the most up to date Pegasus World Cup coverage, read our Pegasus News and Notes Page!

Pegasus World Cup Details

The Pegasus World Cup will be aired on the NBC Sports Network.
TIME: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM ET

The Pegasus World Cup is run at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida

Gulfstream Park gates open at 9:00am ET January 26, 2019

The 2018 Pegasus World Cup was won by Gun Runner.

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