The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race which first ran on January 28th, 2017 at Gulfstream Park.
It is run over the dirt at the distance of 11⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) and is open to horses four years old and up.
With a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running, the Pegasus World Cup surpassed the Dubai World Cup as the richest horse race in the world for the year 2017 & 2018.
The purse of the event rose to $16 million in 2018, but dropped to $9 million in 2019.
The fourth running of the Pegasus World Cup in 2020 carried a $3 million purse, and that is where the prize money has leveled out.
Horses carry 124 pounds with a three-pound allowance for fillies and mares.
Between 2017 and 2019, horses that ran without the use of Lasix received an allowance of five pounds.
Starting in 2020, the use of all race-day medications has been prohibited.
The race is named for Pegasus a Greek mythical horse, of which, a 110-foot statue of which stands at Gulfstream Park.
Returning for its 6th year, the 2022 Pegasus World Cup returns to Gulfstream Park January 29, 2022.
New for 2022 is a Pegasus Turf race for fillies and mares with a $500,000 purse.
Which is in addition to the $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup and the $1,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf races.
Before the South Florida road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) begins in February with the Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Gulfstream will host seven Graded-Stakes races on January 29th, highlighted by by the Pegasus World Cup, which will feature expected Horse of the Year KNICKS GO and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Winner LIFE IS GOOD.
The Daily Racing Blog will have much more on the Pegasus in the weeks leading up to the race.