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Pegasus World Cup Invitational Race Info
- 2022 Location: Gulfstream Park – Hallandale Beach, Florida
- Inaugural Race: 2017 (Pegasus World Cup Turf 1st ran in 2019)
- Distance: 1 1/8 miles
- Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
- Age Qualifications: Four-year-olds and up
- 2022 Purse: $3 million
- 2022 Race Date: Saturday, January 29
- Post Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
2021 Pegasus World Cup Results
|POST||HORSE||JOCKEY / TRAINER||WIN / PLACE / SHOW|
|4||Knicks Go||Joel Rosario / Brad H. Cox||$4.60 / $3.60 / $3.00|
|5||Jesus' Team||Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Jose Francisco D'Angelo||$8.60 / $4.80|
|3||Independence Hall||Flavien Prat / Michael W. McCarthy||$10.00|
|1||Sleepy Eyes Todd||Jose L. Ortiz / Miguel Angel Silva|
|10||Code of Honor||Tyler Gaffalione / Claude R. McGaughey III|
|2||Coastal Defense||Corey J. Lanerie / Dale L. Romans|
|6||Kiss Today Goodbye||Mike E. Smith / J. Eric Kruljac|
|9||Last Judgment||Paco Lopez / Michael J. Maker|
|12||Math Wizard||Edgard J. Zayas / Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.|
|7||Tax||Luis Saez / Danny Gargan|
|11||Mr Freeze||John R. Velazquez / Dale L. Romans|
|8||Harpers First Ride||Angel Cruz / Claudio A. Gonzalez|
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The Origins of the Pegasus World Cup
The Pegasus World Cup, first ran in 2017 at Florida’s Gulfstream Park, is the brainchild of Austrian businessman and award winning owner/breeder Frank Stronach, who proposed the event to infuse some excitement into a part of the year that is traditionally slow for racing. The Pegasus World Cup replaced the Donn Handicap, which had been raced at Gulfstream Park from 1959-2016, and has assumed its grade one status.
Bob Baffert, trainer of the inaugural races’ winner Arrogate, noted the race’s potential for drawing in horses in the sunset of their career, saying:
The race uses a bold style of funding, where 12 shareholders purchase a slot in the race for $1 million. Those shareholders can race a horse or they can recruit another horse to fill the slot by way of lease, contract, share, or similar arrangement. The shareholders also share in any profits from the race.
The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup featured the two best dirt horses in the world, Arrogate and California Chrome, fresh from their epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup battle. Unfortunately California Chrome didn’t run to his best, though it’s questionable whether he could have beaten Arrogate, who scored a dominant 4 ¾ length victory over Shaman Ghost and Neolithic.
Art Sherman, trainer of 2014 Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, stated that the chance at a record-breaking purse influenced his decision to forego retirement:
In fact, the race drew interest from people like Dan Schafer, a successful businessman who shelled out the required $1 million for a spot in 2017’s starting gate, even though he had never owned a horse before (he would later partner with Ron Paolucci and his horse War Story, who raced to a 5th place finish). 2018’s race is aiming to raise the stakes even higher, as Stronach and his company are planning to contribute an additional $4 million to the already record breaking purse.
Life-changing money aside, organizers hope the race can help put older horses back in the spotlight. Tim Ritvo, President of Gulfstream stated recently:
In 2019, the $16 million purse was split between the main Cup race ($9m) and a new Turf race ($7m) drew a strong field.
In the wake of a rash of thoroughbred fatalities at Santa Anita Racetrack in 2019, a number of changes were made to the Pegasus World Cup in 2020. The 2020 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) became a “medication-free” event as part of a larger industry effort to make the sport safer and more sustainable. Additionally, organizers removed the the entry fee in 2020, and the purses declined from $9 million to $3 million for the main race and from $7 million to $1 million for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
The 2022 event will continue with the same “medication-free” standards and purse amounts established in 2020. Additionally, the winner of the World Cup Invitational will again receive an automatic bid to the 2022 $20 million Saudi Cup!
A new addition for 2022 will be the inaugural running of the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf Invitational. This 1 & 1/16-mile (G3) event will carry a $500,000 purse and replaces the Marshua’s River.
The 2022 Championship session at Gulfstream runs from December (2021) to April 3rd. This year’s stakes schedule is worth $14.26 million, an increase of over $1 million from last winter.