Pegasus World Cup 2022

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Pegasus World Cup Press Release
Updated: January 25, 2022
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2022 PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

When is the Pegasus World Cup & Pegasus World Cup Turf? The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series is on Saturday, January 29, 2022

What time is the Pegasus World Cup? Post time for the Pegasus World Cup is set for approximately 5:45PM ET and the Pegasus World Cup Turf is set for approximately 5:00PM ET.

Where is the Pegasus World Cup? The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is held at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida

What time can I watch the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Series? Approximately 4:30PM ET

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Life Is Good, Knicks Go & Flightline Top G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitations

JAN 10 - Defending champion and projected 2021 Horse of the Year Knicks Go, Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Life Is Good, and undefeated Malibu (G1) winner Flightline highlight a list of 19 horses invited to compete in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Saturday, January 29th at Gulfstream Park.

A total of seven graded-stakes worth $5.2 million in purses will be offered on Pegasus Day, led by the return of the Pegasus World Cup (G1) and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) and the debut of the $500,000 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3).

All three races are for 4-year-olds and up. The Pegasus World Cup and Pegasus Turf are both contested at 1 1/8 miles while the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf, previously run as the Marshua's River, will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Korea Racing Authority's Knicks Go ended 2021 on a four-race win streak, all in graded-stakes, including the Whitney (G1) and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). Winner of the 2020 Dirt Mile, he began last year with an emphatic 2 ¾-length triumph in the Pegasus World Cup and is seeking to become its first repeat champion.

Also among invitees to the Pegasus World Cup from the barn of trainer Brad Cox are Concert Tour and Mandaloun. Gary and Mary West homebred Concert Tour won the San Vicente (G2) and Rebel (G2) in 2021 but has not raced since finishing ninth in the Preakness (G1), all for previous trainer Bob Baffert. Juddmonte homebred Mandaloun ran second to Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and is also coming off a layoff following his triumph in the Haskell (G1).

WinStar Farm's and CHC Inc.'s and Life Is Good was dominant in a front-running 5 ¾-length victory in the Dirt Mile Nov. 6 at Del Mar, his fifth win from six career starts and first Grade 1 after triumphs in the Kelso (G2), San Felipe (G2) and Sham (G3) last year. He has been breezing regularly since mid-December in South Florida for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher.

"Life Is Good we've been pointing for the Pegasus since the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. He got a short freshening at WinStar and he's come in with that as our goal," Pletcher said. "Everything has gone according to plan. He's never run at Gulfstream, but he's the kind of horse where his style should suit Gulfstream well."

Other Pletcher-trained horses on the Pegasus World Cup invite list are Dr Post, Fearless and Happy Saver. St. Elias Stable's Dr Post is a two-time Grade 3 winner that is 2-0 at Gulfstream including the 2020 Unbridled; Repole Stable's Fearless exits a victory in Gulfstream's Harlan's Holiday (G3) Dec. 18; and Wertheimer and Frere homebred Happy Saver won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) as a 3-year-old in 2020 then ran second in defense of his title as well as the Nov. 24 Clark (G1).

The $150,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3) for 4-year-olds and up going one mile on the main track as part of the undercard is also an alternative.

"Not sure who else we could potentially have for it. We're kind of waiting to see how Dr Post and Happy Saver and Fearless train. We also have the mile race that day on the dirt as an option for those horses," Pletcher said. "We're also considering maybe Happy Saver going to Saudi, so we're just kind of, as always, seeing how everyone's training and how they're coming up to these."

Undefeated Malibu (G1) winner Flightline, trainer by John Sadler, has raced only three times but has won those races by a combined 37 ½ lengths while being hand ridden to the finish line in each. Sadler has not announced any plans for Flightline's next race.

Completing the Pegasus World Cup invitations are 2019 American Pharoah (G1) winner Eight Rings; multiple graded-stakes winner Express Train; 2021 Pat O'Brien (G2) winner Ginobili; millionaire 2021 Lecomte (G3) winner Midnight Bourbon; 2019 Belmont (G1) winner Sir Winston and 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Super Stock.

Concert Tour, Endorsed and Fearless are among the invitees on the also-eligible list, along with Chess Chief, Officiating, Stilleto Boy and Title Ready.

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UPDATE: Gulfstream Park Releases Second List Of Invitees For Pegasus World Cup, Turf

JAN 17 - Defending champion Knicks Go continues to headline the list of invitees for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Korea Racing Authority's Knicks Go, the odds-on favorite to be named 2021 Horse of the Year next month, is most prominent among the 12 names on the second invitational list for the 1 1/8-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and up, which will headline a blockbuster card that will also feature the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) and the $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G3).

Knicks Go, who registered a dominating 2 ½-length front-running victory in last year's Pegasus World Cup and concluded his 2021 season with a dazzling victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar, also headlined the initial invitation list on Jan. 9.

Others on both the first and second invitation lists include Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Life Is Good, Ginobili, Happy Saver, Sir Winston and Super Stock. Chess Chief, Fearless, Law Professor, Olympiad, Stiletto Boy and Title Ready were added to the second list of 12 invitees.

The reserves on the second list of invitations are American Theorem, Commandeer, Endorsed, Forewarned and Happy American.

Pegasus World Cup Turf

Michael Iavarone's Flavius, a Juddmonte homebred who was purchased at the Keeneland November sale, has been added to the list of invitees for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), a 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for 4-year-olds and up. The multiple-stakes winner formerly trained by Chad Brown replaces Two Emmys on the second invitation list, which is once again headed by defending champion Colonel Liam, who captured last season's Pegasus Turf by a head over stablemate Largent.

Other horses on both the first and second invitation lists include Channel Cat, Cross Border, Doswell, Field Pass, Hit The Road, March to the Arch, Never Surprised, Point Me By, Sacred Life and Space Traveller.

The reserve invitees on the second list for the Pegasus Turf are Atone, Bob and Jackie, English Bee, and Law Professor.

Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Bipartisanship, who rallied from off the pace to capture the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream last time out for trainer Graham Motion, and Stunning Princess, who finished a close second the Tropical Park Oaks for trainer Danny Gargan, are new additions to the second invitation list for the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Others on both the first and second invitation lists for 1 1/16-mile turf race for older fillies and mares include Alms, Bodhicitta, Gift List, In a Hurry, Lady Speightspeare, Nicest, Regal Glory, Shifty She, Summer in Saratoga and Sweet Melania.

Defending Champion Colonel Liam Tops G1 Pegasus Turf Invitations

Defending champion Colonel Liam and fellow Grade 1 winners Channel Cat, Hit the Road, Point Me By and Two Emmys are among 18 horses invited to the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park.

A total of seven graded-stakes worth $5.2 million in purses will be offered on Pegasus Day, led by the return of the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Turf and the debut of the $500,000 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3).

All three races are for 4-year-olds and up. The Pegasus World Cup and Pegasus Turf are both contested at 1 1/8 miles while the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf, previously known as the Marshua's River, will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Robert and Lawana Low's Colonel Liam won the Tropical Park Derby during the 2020-2021 Championship Meet as a prelude to his Pegasus Turf victory by a neck over stablemate Largent. Colonel Liam won on to win the Muniz Memorial (G2) and Turf Classic (G1) and was eighth in last June's Manhattan (G1) in his most recent start.

"We've kind of had in mind that our best approach for him to try and defend his Turf title is just to train up to it. He had some time off and he's a horse that we think will run well fresh," Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He's put enough into his training that hopefully we can have him ready to run a good race off the layoff."

Largent and Never Surprised are also on the list of Pegasus Turf invitees. Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Largent won the 2020 Fort Lauderdale (G2) as a prep for the Pegasus Turf and went unraced until finishing fourth in the January 8 Tropical Turf (G3) at Gulfstream. Repole Stable's Never Surprised, placed in three graded-stakes, became a three-time stakes winner with his triumph in Gulfstream's Tropical Park Derby Dec. 26.

"Never Surprised, we were happy with his race over the course. It's kind of similar to what Colonel Liam did last year, going from the Tropical Derby to the Pegasus," Pletcher said.

Trainer Mike Maker won the 2020 Pegasus Turf with Zulu Alpha, and four of his horses are among the invitee list - Atone, Cross Border, Field Pass and Flavius. Three Diamonds Farm owns Atone, runner-up in the Dec. 18 Fort Lauderdale, and multiple graded-stakes winners Cross Border, third in the 2020 Pegasus Turf, and Field Pass. Maker recently added Flavius, a stakes winner in the U.S. and Europe.

Also invited to the Pegasus Turf are Grade 1-winning millionaire Channel Cat; Fort Lauderdale winner Doswell; 2021 Frank Kilroe Mile (G1) winner Hit the Road; two-time Grade 2 winner March to the Arch; 2021 Bruce D. (G1) winner Point Me By; Irish Group 2 winner Space Traveller, fourth in the Fort Lauderdale; 2021 Mr. D. (G1) winner Two Emmys; and Sacred Life, a Grade 3 winner in the U.S. and France trained by Chad Brown, who won the 2019 Pegasus Turf with Bricks and Mortar en route to Horse of the Year honors.

Atone and Space Traveller are joined on the also-eligible list by Bob and Jackie, English Bee, Flavius and Law Professor.

Four G1 Winners Among Invites for Inaugural Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3)

Grade 1 winners Abscond, Lady Speightspeare, Mucho Unusual and Regal Glory top 15 horses invited to the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf. Abscond in 2019 and Lady Speightspeare in 2020 captured the Natalma at Woodbine; Mucho Unusual won the 2020 Rodeo Drive and Regal Glory won the Matriarch Nov. 28 at Santa Anita to cap her 2021 campaign.

Also on the invite list is Robert and Lawana Low's Sweet Melania, who earned her third career graded-stakes triumph in the Dec. 18 Suwannee River (G3) at Gulfstream. She also shares the shedrow for Pletcher, who joins Richard Baltas (Ginobili, Bob and Jackie, Bodhicitta) as the only trainers with invitees in all three races.

"We plan to run Sweet Melania in there. She ran good in her last start and it's good timing for her to come back. She's really come out of that race in sharp form, so that's what we're thinking there," Pletcher said. "Fingers crossed, [20] days out, we've got some chances. We'll hope everything goes smoothly."

Rounding out the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf invitees are two-time Grade 3 winner Alms; 2020 Yellow Ribbon (G2) winner Bodhicitta; 2021 Edgewood (G2) winner Gift List; 2021 American Oaks (G1) runner-up Nicest; multiple graded-stakes winner Princess Grace; 2021 Noble Damsel (G3) winner Shifty She; 2021 Dowger (G3) winner Summer in Saratoga; and In a Hurry, third to Sweet Melania in the Suwannee River.

2022 PEGASUS WORLD CUP RACE DAY SCHEDULE

Stakes Grade Restrictions Distance/Surface Purse
Fred W. Hooper Stakes III 4YO & Up 1 Mile Dirt $125,000 USD
La Prevoyante Handicap III F&M 4YO & Up 1 1/2 Miles Turf $125,000 USD
W.L. McKnight Handicap III F&M 4YO & Up 1 1/2 Miles Turf $150,000 USD
Inside Information II F&M 4YO & Up 7 Furlongs Dirt $200,000 USD
Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf III F&M 4YO & Up 1 Miles Turf $500,000 USD
Pegasus World Cup Turf I 4YO & Up 1 3/16 Mile Turf $1,000,000 USD
Pegasus World Cup I 4YO & Up 1 1/8 Miles Dirt $3,000,000 USD

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