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Pegasus World Cup Day Stakes Races - Saturday, January 26

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

Pegasus World Cup Contenders

The 4th running of the Pegasus World Cup will soon be set with 12 horses for the $3 million race at Gulfstream Park. Breeders’ Cup Classic and Kentucky Derby alumni are eagerly anticipaged as race favorites. Find the Pegasus field, post positions and morning line odds below.

PP Contender ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 True Timber 15-1 Joe Bravo K. McLaughlin
2 Tax 8-1 Jose Ortiz D. Gargan
3 Diamond Oops 15-1 Julien Leparoux P. Biancone
4 Seeking the Soul 30-1 John Velazquez D. Stewart
5 Omaha Beach SCR Mike Smith R. Mandella
6 Higher Power 6-1 Flavian Prat J. Sadler
7 War Story 30-1 Joel Rosario E. Dobles
8 Mr Freeze 20-1 Luis Saez D. Romans
9 Spun to Run SCR Javier Castellano J. Guerrero
10 Mucho Gusto 9-2 Irad Ortiz, Jr. B. Baffert
11 Tenfold 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione S. Asmussen
12 Bodexpress 30-1 Emisael Jaramillo G. Delgado


The Pegasus World Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park will witness a talented field, but with a collection of strong favorites. World travelers join North American turf titans pointed toward the $1 million race.

PP Contender ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Zulu Alpha 12-1 Tyler Gaffalione M. Maker
2 Arklow 6-1 Luis Saez B. Cox
3 Without Parole (GB) 4-1 Frankie Dettori C. Brown
4 Sadler's Joy 8-1 Javier Castellano T. Albertrani
5 Channel Cat 10-1 John Velazquez T. Pletcher
6 Instilled Regard 10-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. C. Brown
7 Admission Office 30-1 Flavian Prat B. Lynch
8 Henley's Joy 30-1 Julien Leparoux M. Maker
9 Next Shares 30-1 J. Valdivia, Jr. R. Baltas
10 Mo Forza 5-1 Joel Rosario P. Miller
11 Sacred Life (FR) 12-1 Jose Ortiz C. Brown
12 Magic Wand (IRE) 7-2 Ryan Moore A. O'Brien
13 Tusk [AE] 30-1 Paco Lopez S. Joseph, Jr.

Pegasus World Cup Day Stakes Overview

With the former 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 25 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 Pegasus World Cup Turf are clearly the highlights. The innovative races, won previous years by City of Light, Accelerate, Arrogate and Gun Runner, has had its prizemoney reduced from $9 million for dirt and $7 million for turf, and has still drawn an outstanding field. The anticipated return of Omaha Beach heads the field, but his opponents include returning talent Seeking the Soul, War Story, Mucho Gusto, Bodexpress, Tax and Diamond Oops.

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.

Missing this year 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
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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
TIME: 5:34 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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