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Pegasus World Cup 2018

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 27.

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!

Details for Pegasus World Cup Day

  • The Pegasus World Cup is run at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Gulfstream Park gates open at 9:00am ET January 27, 2018
  • Watch and wager on Gulfstream Park and other tracks around the country at

Where Can I Watch the Pegasus World Cup?

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

Pegasus World Cup Contenders

The 2nd running of the Pegasus World Cup is set and 11 of the 12 horses are confirmed for the $16 million race at Gulfstream Park. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner is the heavy race favorite at 3-5 odds. Let’s take a look at his chances and the key contenders.

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


Gun Runner makes the final race of his career, and a win would double his career earnings to nearly $18 million. Gun Runner has never raced at Gulfstream Park, but he’s competed on 10 different tracks with 11 career wins and is training beautifully heading into the Pegasus. He’ll be on or near the lead again, and the pace could be fast in the 1 1/8 mile race.

Collected comes in from the west coast and he’ll be out front in the Pegasus pressing the pace with Gun Runner and Giant Expectations. A winner over Arrogate in the Pacific Classic last summer, he finished 2nd behind Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He likely won’t hold up if the pace is quick as expected.

West Coast was impressive winner in the Travers and 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Still room to move forward as a 4-year-old and another west coast shipper for trainer Bob Baffert with perhaps the best chance to upset Gun Runner.

Sharp Azteca has won 8-of-16 stars including his most recent 5 1/4-length victory in the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1). He breezed a bullet five furlongs over this track in prep and won the Gulfstream Park Handicap last February and finished 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Gunnevera finished second in the Travers (G1) and a dead-heat 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in his past pair of starts to fellow Pegasus contenders. His BC Classic race was a career-best speed figure and local trainer Antonio Sano was very pleased with his workout over the Gulfstream West course.  

Seeking the Soul has finished in the money in six straight races with three wins, mostly in allowance company. He did win the Clark Handicap (G1) in November, but has never raced at Gulfstream in 17 career starts.

Stellar Wind completes her 10-win career in the Pegasus as the only filly in the race. She’s a rare mare with class to run with the boys, but her last race was a bad one in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Five Grade 1 wins in six previous races prior to that defeat.

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