By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, billed as the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race, will gallop into Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach on Jan. 28.
The new event was created and is owned by The Stronach Group, an Aurora, Ontario-based horse racing, entertainment and pari-mutuel wagering firm. With 12 stakeholders putting up $1 million each for a spot at the starting gate – and the winner earning $7 million – the Pegasus World Cup will surpass the Dubai World Cup as the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race.
“It’s important to create exciting new products within the sport of horse racing,” says Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, which also has offices at Gulfstream Park. “Because of the large prize money, it should really bring some of the best horses from around the world.”
The final lineup will include a 2016 Breeders’ Cup rematch of California Chrome and Arrogate, which Arrogate won. This will be California Chrome’s last race before he’s retired to stud.
The Pegasus World Cup will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be simulcast worldwide. Tickets range from $100 to more than $765, depending on the viewing venue. For information, call 877-847-6683 or visit pegasusworldcup.com.
—Robyn A. Friedman