Hallandale Beach, Florida’s Gulfstream Park will host the 6th annual Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.
Earlier in Jan., 19 initial invitations were sent out by Gulfstream Park for horses to compete in the Grade 1 horserace.
The event will have a $3 million purse. Bets can be placed at online sports betting sites, off-track betting retail outlets, and racetracks nationwide.
Every year since its inception in 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has attracted winners and contenders from the likes of Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, and the Kentucky Derby.
Walking through the Pegasus World Cup history
Sitting in Gulfstream Park’s parking lot is a 100-foot statue called Pegasus and Dragon. It shows the muscle-clad, winged horse dominating the defeated dragon that’s laying at its feet.
Frank Stronach, the racetrack’s owner, honored the statue by introducing the Pegasus World Cup in 2017. Prior to the race’s inception, horseracing events had a long lull in winter every year before the start of the breeding season in February.
Pegasus initially carried a whopping $12 million purse its first year in 2017, with entry fees of $1 million. It beat out the Dubai World Cup for the richest horse race in the world for both 2017 and 2018 with its $16 million purses.
Entry fees have progressively gotten smaller each year with 2019 dropping to $500,000 and the fees being eliminated completely in 2020. 2019’s purse dropped down to $9 million and 2020 saw a purse of only $3 million.
In 2019, the Grade 1, $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational was added to the event. 2022 will see another change with the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf added.
Conditions of the Pegasus World Cup
All races in the event are open only to horses that are four years and up. The race allows twelve total horses and no gender restrictions are in place.
Colts and geldings in both the dirt and turf races must carry 124 lbs. Fillies and mares get a 3 lbs. allowance.
The dirt race requires a bit of stamina at 1 and 1/8 miles, or 9 furlongs. However, the turf event is a bit longer at 9 ½ furlongs, or 1 and 3/16 miles. The Filly and Mare Turf is the shortest race at 1 and 1/16 miles.
Who’s in? The prospective lineup for Pegasus
Of the 19 total invitations sent out by Gulfstream Park, only five horses have committed.
Among those five are the 2021 Pegasus World Cup winner, Knicks Go, and 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, Life is Good. Both champions are expected to dominate at this year’s Pegasus World Cup.
2019 Belmont Stakes winner, Sir Winston, also expects to compete. After almost a year out of the game, he returned to the races last summer.
With the help of Mark Casse, Hall of Fame trainer, Sir Winston placed runner up at the Durham Cup and Autumn Stakes. He also won first place at the Valedictory in Dec.
Endorsed and Stilleto Boy have confirmed the two other spots.
Endorsed trainer, Mike Maker, confirmed he would run in the Pegasus “if he gets in.” He has not seen a win since spring of 2020 but is likely to earn a spot at 2022 Pegasus due to declined invitations.
Ed Moger Jr., Stilleto Boy’s trainer, confirmed that the Shackleford gelding is “planning on running in the Pegasus.”
Stilleto Boy saw a victory at the Iowa Derby in Jul., and he’s earned minor awards in three Grade 1 races in a row. He was runner up in the Awesome Again, third place in the Malibu, and fourth place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Open spots for the Pegasus could be filled by:
- Eight Rings
- Super Stock
- Title Ready
- Chess Chief
Horses confirmed to be out of the Pegasus are:
- Happy Saver
- Express Train
- Midnight Bourbon
- Concert Tour
Gulfstream Park will send revised invitations as needed according to race conditions, in the days leading up to the race.
Where can you live stream the Pegasus World Cup?
Horse racing fans and bettors in CT can watch the live-streamed events on TVG. And NBC Sports will be airing live coverage of the races.