Countdown To The Pegasus World Cup Invitational 2019: Meet The Contenders

Pegasus World Cup Invitational - Image 3 - Photo Credit - Gulfstream ParkPhoto Credit: Gulfstream Park

We already know to look out for the A-list stars decorating the Pegasus World Cup Invitational‘s VIP area, but what about the true stars of the affair? Being the World’s Richest Horse Race with a $16 million purse up for grabs, you can expect that the race will debut the most prestigious thoroughbreds in the world. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s race and tips to win big:

  • The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will offer the richest prize in North American Thoroughbred racing with a $16 million purse split between two Grade 1 stake races.
  • This year, they’ve added turf into the mix—The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, will offer a $7 million purse with $3 million awaiting the winner. Then the classic Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) will take place on the dirt for 1 1/8 miles, offering a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize awarded to the winner of the twelve-horse field.
  • Entrants for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (dirt) feature the 2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic (G1) winner, Accelerate, and the 2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic runner-up, Gunneevera—a hometown favorite. Others include the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G2) second place finisher, Bravazo, the reigning Florida Derby (G1) champion, Audible, and the undefeated Kukulkan, Mexico’s Triple Crown winner. The competition is looking steep!
  • The turf race will star Japan’s Aerolithe and Ireland’s Magic Wand—competing for the exciting, inaugural race on turf. 
  • The high stakes don’t stop there—this year, Pegasus will be raising the bar with an extra $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both races—The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
  • A new race day wager is the Pegasus Pick 24—allowing fans the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both races with a hefty $5 million prize on the line for the lucky winner.
  • Pharrell Williams, Prince Royce, Belinda Stronach, Lenny Kravitz & Post Malone at the $16 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational - Photo Credit World Red Eye
    Pharrell Williams, Prince Royce, Belinda Stronach, Lenny Kravitz & Post Malone at the $16 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational

    Photo Credit: World Red Eye

If you can’t make it to watch in person, catch all the action on NBC as it airs a live 90-minute program featuring both races, the “blue” carpet, celebrities and live entertainment for the highly-anticipated, star-studded event that will kick off Miami’s season in the most luxurious fashion.

Follow all of the excitement of the 2019 Pegasus World Cup on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @PegasusWorldCup #PegasusWorldCup #RunWithUs. 

Arrogate the Pegasus credit Adam Mooshian4Photo Credit: Adam Mooshian