The 2019 Pegasus World Cup | Betting
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Pegasus World Cup Betting 2019
Initial Purse and Buy-In
The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational was January, 28. 2017 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
The 1 1/8 mile race for 4-year-olds and up is the richest horse race in the world. The 2018 edition was raised to a record $16 million purse with $4 million contributed by the Stronach Group. The $1 million entry fees contribute to the race’s purse, and the day’s profits on betting, food and beverage, and ticket sales will be split among the entry owners in a unique race format.
The proposed idea and of the Pegasus World Cup came in 2016 by Frank Stronach during the Thoroughbred Owners Conference at Gulfstream Park.
Under the format, 12 shareholders each pay $1 million to purchase a position in the gate for a then unspecified horse. The shareholder then has the right to race, lease, contract or share a starter, or sell their place in the gate, and would have the first right of refusal for subsequent races.
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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.
Additional Pegasus Handicapping Thoughts
Anticipation and betting interest for the 2018 Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 is building and is likely to eclipse last year’s betting on the race.
Gun Runner makes his final start as the race favorite, and he’ll be crowned 2017 Horse of the Year on Jan. 25. Top contenders include West Coast, a 4-year-old with six wins including last year’s Travers and a 3rd behind winner Gun Runner in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Collected is entered after finishing 2nd behind Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and he also beat Arrogate in last summer’s Pacific Classic. The filly Stellar Wind runs her final race with new trainer Chad Brown after a disappointing finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. War Story was 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at long odds. Giant Expectation was 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and then beat Collected in the San Antonio Stakes. Deep closer Gunnevera finished 5th in a dead heat with Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic but posted a new career best speed figure. The rest of the field with one spot remaining includes Seeking the Soul, Sharp Azteca, Toast of New York and Fear the Cowboy.
The 2017 Numbers
The 2017 Pegasus World Cup was promoted as the final match-up between California Chrome, the two-time American Horse of the Year, and Arrogate, ranked by the IFHA as the World’s Best Racehorse of 2016. Arrogate drew away to win the race by nearly 5 lengths as the 4-5 favorite and paid $3.80 while setting a new track record of 1:46.83. California Chrome was eased up and finished ninth.
The interest in the richest race drew great betting action in 2017 with $4.7 million in the win pool alone. The all-sources handle at Gulfstream on the entire 12-race card was $40.2 million, a record for a single program at the track.