Thursday, January 24, 2019

What to Watch This Weekend - The Pegasus Cup

It's not the Super Bowl, not the Derby, but it's still a pretty big deal in the horse racing world - The Pegasus Cup.  A relatively new idea for horse racing, this super duper purse has attracted some of the big names you'd expect - Baffert, Lukas, Chad Brown and others.  The race is this Saturday, in Florida at Gulfstream, and while it attracts mostly older horses, it's still fun to watch.

NBC will televise the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational.  The Series will include the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), to be contested on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles offering $4 million for the winner of the 12-horse field and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 mile. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will replace the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and aims to attract and showcase 12 of the best turf horses from around the world as they compete for a $3 million first place prize.

NBC will air a live 90-minute program featuring both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The broadcast will also showcase the Pegasus “blue” carpet, celebrity and live entertainment event elements from Gulfstream Park at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 26.

Past winners of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational 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.  On the heels of an exciting Breeders’ Cup Classic win with Accelerate, trainer John Sadler’s next stop will be the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series where he has committed to spots on the dirt, with Accelerate, and on the turf.

My money is on Accelerate.  It will be fun to watch this great event.  Wish I was in sunny, warm Florida to see it in person.  

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