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Pegasus World Cup Day Stakes Races - Saturday, January 26

Race NameGradePurseDistance/SurfaceRestrictions
La Prevoyante H.III$200,0001 1/2 Miles/TurfF&M 4&UP
Ladies’ Turf Sprint$125,0005 Furlongs/TurfF&M 4&UP
Fred W. Hooper S.III$125,0001 Miles/Dirt4&UP
W. L. McKnight H.III$200,0001 1/2 Miles/Turf4&UP
Hurricane Bertie S.III$125,0007 Furlongs/DirtF&M 4&UP
Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S.$125,0005 Furlongs/Turf4&UP
South Beach S.$125,0007 1/2 Furlongs/TurfF&M 4&UP
Pegasus World Cup Invitational S.I$16,000,0001 1/8 Miles/Dirt4&UP

Pegasus World Cup Contenders

The 2nd running of the Pegasus World Cup is set and 12 horses are confirmed for the $16 million race at Gulfstream Park. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner is the heavy race favorite at 4-5 odds. Find the Pegasus field, post positions and morning line odds below.

PP Contender ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Singing Bullet 30-1 Robby Albarado Dale Romans
2 West Coast 8-1 Javier Castellano Bob Baffert
3 Stellar Wind 30-1 Joel Rosario Chad Brown
4 Sharp Azteca 6-1 Irad Ortiz Jorge Navarro
5 Collected 8-1 Mike Smith Bob Baffert
6 Gunnevera 15-1 Luis Saez Antonio Sano
7 Fear The Cowboy 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione Efren Loza Jr.
8 War Story 25-1 Jose Ortiz Jorge Navarro
9 Toast of New York 20-1 Frankie Dettori James A. Osborne
10 Gun Runner 4-5 Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen
11 Seeking the Soul 25-1 John Velazquez Dallas Stewart
12 Giant Expectations 30-1 Gary Stevens Peter Eurton
13 AE Giuseppe the Great     Nick Zito
14 AE Game Over     Jorge Navarro


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 eight stakes races, five of them graded stakes. Three of the eight are on dirt and five on turf.

The Pegasus World Cup is clearly the highlight. The innovative race, won last year by Arrogate, has had its prizemoney raised to $16 million, and as expected it has drawn an outstanding field. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner heads the field, but his opponents include Collected, West Coast, Sharp Azteca, the top mare Stellar Wind, and the comeback kid from Britain, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Toast of New York.

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 last year to this raceday and was won by Taghleeb.

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 Bird Song, who defeated a field which included 2018 Pegasus World Cup runner War Story.

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 sophomore year now boasting a hefty $16 million dollar purse, the Pegasus is now seated as the most lucrative Thoroughbred race 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 $1million seemed to work and now will await to see how an increase of $6million 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 2017 Pegasus World Cup was won by Arrogate.

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