About the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Series
Launched in 2017 as part of The Stronach Group’s mission to excite, energize and modernize the sport of racing for a new generation of fans, the Pegasus World Cup also provides lucrative opportunities for Thoroughbred owners and trainers. In just three short years, it has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world and has established itself as premier event on the racing calendar featuring some of the finest domestic and international runners.
In 2020, The Pegasus World Cup will usher in a new era in North American Thoroughbred racing by providing exciting opportunities for horse owners to showcase their equine athletes by competing free of any medications on race day. This year’s 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 and will go one step further by giving back two-percent of the purse winnings to Thoroughbred aftercare.
Having evolved into a Championship Invitational Series featuring two Grade 1 stakes races, Pegasus in 2019 will feature a combined $4 million purse. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, run on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles offers a $3 million total purse with 2 percent of the purse donated to Thoroughbred aftercare. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, offers a $1 million purse with 2 percent also donated to Thoroughbred aftercare. The $4 million total purse contribution is entirely provided by The Stronach Group.
Past winners include Arrogate, the 2016 Eclipse Award winning champion three year old male and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, the 2017 horse of the year, Gun Runner and 2019 champion’s, City of Light and Bricks and Mortar, who won the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. Pegasus World Cup Championship rings are awarded to the winning owner, trainer and jockey for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
The Pegasus LIV Stretch returns for the third year in partnership with Miami’s own David Grutman and the world-famous LIV Nightclub. It is the ultimate race day party featuring top-tier entertainment, unique food and beverage concessions and one of the best views of the race!
The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will be broadcast live on NBC, Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00pm EST. Wager at xpressbet.com, the official wagering platform of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.
“We are investing in the future of our sport by creating new opportunities for horsemen and horses to run without medication. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series has always been about innovation. The new and exciting medication-free format, along with giving back to horse care, showcases the leadership our industry is taking together to evolve beyond past achievements to create a more modern, sustainable and safer sport.” – BELINDA STRONACH – Chairman and President, The Stronach Group.
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