By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Theworld’s richest thoroughbred horse race is about to get even richer. On Jan. 27, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will return to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, but with a new, record-setting $16 million purse.
“The 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational surpassed our expectations and, we believe, took the sport of thoroughbred racing to an exciting new level,” says Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, an Aurora, Ontario-based horse racing, entertainment and pari-mutuel wagering firm, which also owns Gulfstream Park. “The prize payout for this race is larger than any other, surpassing all of the Triple Crown races, the Breeders’ Cup and the internationally recognized Dubai World Cup.”
The event is open to 12 stakeholders, who will each put up $1 million for a spot at the starting gate. The additional $4 million will be contributed by The Stronach Group.
New this year: A partnership with David Grutman and Miami Marketing Group, operator of LIV, Komodo and Story in South Beach, to create a LIV Boardwalk pop-up party that will include music, art, acrobatics, food and fashion.
“The LIV Boardwalk will shift the center of gravity from Miami to Gulfstream for a full 360-degree sensory experience,” Stronach says.
Almost all of the entrants have been confirmed, she added, and the field will be announced later this month; but it’s expected that some of the best horses in the world will run. Last year, the field included Arrogate and California Chrome. Contenders this year could include Gunnevera, Gun Runner and Sharp Azteca.
“With the Pegasus World Cup Invitational we aim to create a new standard of excellence in the industry,” Stronach says. “It is an event for the new generation. Entertainment, fashion, celebrity and world-class thoroughbred horse racing combine to create a new racing tradition set amidst the backdrop of the South Florida sunshine.”
Gates open at 9 a.m. on race day, and the race will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $75 to more than $1,000 per person, depending upon the venue, which include the Grandstand, Ten Palms, Christine Lee’s, the Breezeway Bar, the Aficionado and more.
For tickets or information, call 833-464-7924 or visit pegasusworldcup.com.