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The Pegasus World Cup

Launched in 2017 as part of The Stronach Group’s mission to excite, energize and modernize the sport of racing for a new generation of fans, the Pegasus World Cup also provides lucrative opportunities for Thoroughbred owners and trainers. In just three short years, it has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world and has established itself as a premier event on the racing calendar featuring some of the finest domestic and international runners.

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Launched in 2017 as part of 1/ST’s mission to excite, energize and modernize the sport of racing for a new generation of fans, the Pegasus World Cup also provides lucrative opportunities for Thoroughbred owners and trainers. In just four short years, it has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world and has established itself as a premier event on the racing calendar featuring some of the finest domestic and international runners.

In 2021, the Pegasus World Cup continues to be at the forefront of innovating the sport by redefining the guest experience through the implementation of social distancing protocols as well as new health and safety guidelines for riders and spectators.  Additionally, this year’s event will once again provide exciting opportunities in North American Thoroughbred racing for horse owners to showcase their equine athletes on two fronts – competing free of any medications on race day and providing the winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational with an automatic entry into the 2021 $20 million Saudi Cup. The medication-free format, for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, is consistent with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards.

Evolving into a Championship Invitational Series featuring two Grade 1 stakes races, Pegasus in 2021 will feature a combined $4 million purse. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, run on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles offers a $3 million total purse. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, offers a $1 million purse. The $4 million total purse contribution is entirely provided by 1/ST.

Past winners include Arrogate, the 2016 Eclipse Award winning champion three year old male and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, the 2017 horse of the year, Gun Runner, 2019 champions City of Light and Bricks and Mortar, who won the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, and 2020 champions Mucho Gusto and Zulu AlphaPegasus 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.

The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will be broadcast live on NBCSaturday, January 23, 2021 from 4:30 – 6:00pm EST. Wager with 1/ST BET, the official wagering app of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.

2020 Winners

 

Mucho Gusto

Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Champion

Mucho Gusto, owned by HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, captured the $3 million Pegasus World Cup purse. The newly turned 4-year-old and son of Mucho Macho Man gave the Bob Baffert barn its second Pegasus winner following Arrogate’s score in the inaugural 2017 running.

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Zulu Alpha

Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Champion

Zulu Alpha, owned by Michael Hui, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, and trained by Michael Maker, rallied to an upset victory in the Pegasus World Cup Turf to win the $1 million purse.

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