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When is the Pegasus World Cup?

The Pegasus World Cup is on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Where is the Pegasus World Cup?

The Pegasus World Cup is raced at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

2019 Pegasus World Cup To Become Championship Invitational Series

The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup, announced an exciting new element to what has become, in just two short years, one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar. The Pegasus World Cup 2019, to be held on January 26, will be adding a Grade 1 turf stakes to this year's race-day festivities at Gulfstream Park.

The addition of the turf race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles, aims to attract and showcase twelve of the best older turf horses from around the world turning the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational into a Championship Invitational Series. The total purse for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will sit at $7 million with $3 million awarded to the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, to be contested on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize waiting for the winner of the twelve-horse field.

"The appetite for a turf race is strong and the decision to include a premier turf race is part of the ongoing evolution of the Pegasus World Cup," said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. "We are excited to expand this event for both horse owners and fans, adding to what is already an incredible day of entertainment and world-class racing at Gulfstream Park."

Any horse owner who purchases a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be given preference to purchase a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The cost to secure an entry spot and enter a horse is $500,000 per race.

"As an international owner I am thrilled that the Pegasus World Cup will include a turf race," said John Magnier, Founder, Coolmore. "Coolmore, like The Stronach Group, believes in growing our sport and there is no better way to do that than to provide a new platform to showcase the world's best Thoroughbreds."

As an added incentive and as part of the commitment to provide new, lucrative opportunities for horse owners, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.

The Stronach Group will also introduce a new wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.

    Pegasus World Cup Quick Facts

  • The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, first run in January 2017, is the vision of The Stronach Group founder, Frank Stronach.
  • The 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Series will offer a $16 million purse split between two Grade 1 stakes races.
  • The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is contested at 1 1/8 mile on the dirt and will offer at $9 million purse with $4 million awarded to the winner.
  • The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational is run at 1 3/16 miles on the turf and will offer a $7 million purse with $3 million awarded to the winner.
  • The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will replace the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
  • The cost to secure an entry spot for both the Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational are $500,000 per race.
  • A $1 million bonus will be awarded to any horse owner who takes first place in both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
  • Past winners include Arrogate, the 2016 Eclipse Award Winning Champion Three Year Old Male and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, and 2017 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner.
  • The Pegasus World Cup Championship Rings, are awarded to the winning owner, trainer and jockey for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and are valued at over $50,000 a piece!

Gunnevera Will Race In 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational

December 9, 2018 - Salomon Del Valle's Margoth purchased a spot in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), confirming multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera for North America's richest race Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

Gunnevera, who finished third in last year's Pegasus World Cup, most recently ran second in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 3.

"I'm paying all the money myself," said Del Valle, a Venezuelan businessman who entered Gunnevera in a partnership in last year's Pegasus. "I'm happy to be in the race."

The Pegasus World Cup will be accompanied by the inaugural running of $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) on the Jan. 26 program in the newly created $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series. Owners can secure a spot in the starting gate for the Pegasus World Cup for a $500,000 fee and will be given preference in purchasing a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Turf for $500,000. A $1 million bonus is being offered if an owner should win both races.

Gunnevera, who has $4.1 million in career earnings, captured the 2017 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream. The Antonio Sano-trained 4-year-old son of Dialed In has also won the 2016 Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) and has been Grade 1 stakes-placed in the 2017 Travers (G1) and the 2018 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga.

"I have a good chance. He just got beat by a length in the Breeders' Cup," Sano said. "Maybe, there will be more speed in the Pegasus. One more chance. It's in my house."

In addition to Gunnevera, Hronis Racing's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate, Charles Fipke's Seeking the Soul, and Calumet Farm's Bravazo and True Timber are confirmed for the Pegasus World Cup. Tabor, Magnier and Smith's Coolmore has also purchased a spot for a horse to be determined.

Audible, the 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner, is also being pointed to the Pegasus World Cup and is scheduled to be entered in next Saturday's $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream to prep for the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus. Owned by China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing, and Head of Plains Partners, Todd Pletcher-trained Audible finished third in this year's Kentucky Derby (G1).

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Patternrecognition, who defeated True Timber by three-quarters of a length in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct last time out, is also under consideration for the Pegasus.

The Stronach Group, currently negotiating with other groups, has only a few open spots remaining.

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Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Something Awesome Possible for Pegasus

Multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Something Awesome and stablemate Unbridled Juan, determined winner of the Richard W. Small Stakes last time out, are both under consideration for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

Ex-jockey Jose Corrales trains both Stronach Stable homebreds at his base of Laurel Park in Maryland.

"Something Awesome is training really well. I've got him back the way I expected him to come back. He's gone through a lot of things, but he's ready," Corrales said. "I don't call those shots, but I'd love to run him in the Pegasus and I think he's ready for that competition."

A 7-year-old son of Awesome Again, a multiple Grade 1 winner of more than $4 million for Stronach in 1997-98, Something Awesome won five of his first six starts after moving from Woodbine to join Corrales' string last fall.

During that stretch Something Awesome won the General George (G3) in February and Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes in March at Laurel, and the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2) in April. He bled while finishing last as the favorite in the historic Pimlico Special (G3) May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course, returning to run second in an open seven-furlong allowance Nov. 16 at Laurel.

Something Awesome - who won the Harrison Johnson and Charles Town Classic at the Pegasus distance of 1 1/8 miles - has worked three times at Laurel since his latest effort, most recently going a mile in 1:42 Dec. 8, fastest of three horses at the distance. He has nine wins and $1.093 million in purse earnings from 26 career starts.

"I think he doesn't really need another race before [the Pegasus]. If there's a race that comes up somewhere we can go for it, if there's an allowance or a little stake around, but I don't plan to travel too far with him before that," Corrales said.

"It's something that everybody wishes for. If there's any race you want to be in, this is it," he added. "Especially coming from Maryland, like he did to win the Classic, because all the horses from everywhere come in for a race like that. If he can get a chance to run in a race like the Pegasus I think it would be something special."

Unbridled Juan is a 6-year-old son of 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Unbridled's Song, who also captured the 1996 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream. Placed in four stakes, including the 2017 Eclipse (G2) at Woodbine and an off-the-turf Dixie (G3) May 19 at Pimlico in May, Unbridled Juan earned his first stakes win in the 1 1/16-mile Grover `Buddy' Delp Memorial Oct. 17 at Delaware Park.

He followed up taking the 1 1/8-mile Richard Small Nov. 10, besting a field of nine that included graded-stakes winners Dalmore and Doctor Mounty; stakes winners Fellowship, third in the 2016 Florida Derby, Small Bear and Zanotti; and Papa Zulu, fourth in the 2017 Poseidon Handicap, companion race to the inaugural Pegasus.

Corrales is pointing Unbridled Juan to the 1 1/8-mile Queens County for 3-year-olds and up Dec. 22 at Aqueduct as a prep for the Pegasus. He has finished in the top three in 23 of 26 lifetime starts with seven wins and $505,323 in purse earnings.

"I think Unbridled Juan will be a tough horse in the [Pegasus]. I'm thinking about it. I think that horse, the more distance he gets the better he is," he said. "He's doing really good. We're going to run him in the race on the 22nd in New York and see what happens after that."

Japan's Aerolithe Headed to Pegasus World Cup Turf

The connections of Aerolithe, a Grade 1-winning filly in Japan, have made travel arrangements to Gulfstream Park to run in the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) Saturday Jan. 26, the richest turf race in North America.

Aerolithe, winner of the NHK Mile Cup (G1) as a 3-year-old, has placed first or second in 13 career starts, including a victory Oct. 7 in the Mainichi Okan (G2) and a second-place finish June 3 in the Yasuda Kinen (G1). The 4-year-old daughter of Kurofune, a son of French Deputy, is trained by Takanori Kikuzawa.

Plans are for Aerolithe to arrive at Gulfstream Wednesday, Jan. 16. Kikuzawa is planning to arrive on Jan. 19.


Stakes Conditions Dist/Turf Purse
South Beach 4yo & up, F&M 7.5 Furlongs (Turf) $125,000 USD
Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint 4yo & up 5 Furlongs (Turf) $150,000 USD
Ladies Turf Sprint 4yo & up, F&M 5 Furlongs (Turf) $150,000 USD
Hurricane Bertie 4yo & up, F&M 7 Furlongs $150,000 USD
La Prevoyante Handicap 4yo & up, F&M 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) $200,000 USD
W.L. McKnight Handicap 4yo & up 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) $200,000 USD
Fred Hooper 4yo & up 1 Mile $150,000 USD
Pegasus World Cup Turf 3yo & up 1 3/16 Mile (Turf) $7,000,000 USD
Pegasus World Cup 3yo & up 1 1/8 Miles $9,000,000 USD

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