A Pegasus Primer

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race which first ran on January 28th, 2017 at Gulfstream Park.

The races are named for Pegasus– a Greek mythical horse, of which, a 110-foot statue of which stands at Gulfstream Park.

Returning for its 7th year, the 2023 Pegasus World Cup returns to Gulfstream Park this Saturday, January 28th.

The feature race is run over the dirt at the distance of 118 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 years 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 dollar 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.

In addition to the $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup and the $1,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf races, the $500,000 Pegasus Turf race for fillies and mares returns after making its debut at last years event.

It is quite a day of racing Saturday at Gulfstream. There are 13 races on the card featuring seven Graded Stakes races.

Post Time for the first race is 10:50, with the final race of the day being the Pegasus World Cup, with a scheduled Post Time of 5:40

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