The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series is returning to Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 23, 2021.
Launched in 2017 the Pegasus World Cup has evolved into a Championship Invitational Series featuring two Grade I stakes races with a combined $4 million dollars in purses.
The GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, run on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, offers a $3-million total purse.
The GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, offers a $1-million purse.
This year’s event provides North American Thoroughbred horse owners the opportunity to showcase their equine athletes competing free of medications on race day.
It also provides the Winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational with an automatic entry into the 2021 $20-million dollar 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.
It reflects the commitment that the IFHA, as well as other major racing organizations and associations, drafted in April 2019 to eliminate Lasix in all Graded Stakes races in 2021.
The 2021 Pegasus World Cup will implement strict social distancing protocols and new health and safety guidelines for riders and spectators.
On-premise, attendance for this year’s event has been reduced to 20% to allow all guests to socially distance accordingly.
NBC Sports returns as the official broadcast partner of the 2021 Pegasus World Cup and will broadcast the race day excitement live from 4:30 pm-6:00.