The 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series is this Saturday, January 23 at Gulfstream Park. This event continues to lead the industry with its entirely medication-free format.
This year, the Winner of the $3 million dollar Pegasus World Cup receives an automatic entry into the $20 million Saudi Cup.
What is the Pegasus World Cup?
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series is a pair of invite-only Grade 1 races held annually at Gulfstream Park since 2017 (originally only offering the dirt race before adding the turf division two years ago).
The $3 million dollar Pegasus World Cup runs 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf runs 1 3/16 miles on the turf.
Both races are for horses aged 4 years and older and are invitation-only.
Since 2020, the two races are run entirely medication free, which included Lasix, a commonly used anti-bleeding medication.
Who won the Pegasus World Cup in 2020?
Last year, Post Time favorite MUCHO GUSTO Won the fourth edition of the Pegasus World Cup. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, and ridden by Eclipse Award-Winner jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. MUCHO GUSTO Won the event going away, beating MR. FREEZE by 5 lengths. MUCHO GUSTO was invited back to this years race, but was recently retired due to a soft tissue injury.
Trained by Mike Maker, and ridden by jockey Tyler Gaffalione, ZULU ALPHA beat the early favorite MAGIC WAND to Win the $1 million dollar turf race. ZULU ALPHA is currently out of action due to an ongoing ankle issue.
How can I watch the 2021 Pegasus World Cup?
NBC is home to the 2021 Pegasus World Cup, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on TV, beginning at 4:30.
The Daily Racing Blog will take a closer look at these two feature races later in the week.