The Pegasus World Cup is now the richest horse race in the world worth a whopping $12 Million. So what is it, where did it come from and most importantly who’s in it.
Well until recently we were as clueless and you! It seems to me like it came from nowhere, but like most things I imagine it has taken a lot of careful planning and organising to get to this point. The race will be held at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
The idea came from Frank Stronach, Frank is a big thoroughbred owner and as you can imagine very wealthy, he has been ranked as 19th wealthiest Canadian. He wanted the race to be run at the Gulf Stream or Santa Anita and not to interfere with the Breeders Cup or Dubai world cup. The race was announced in May 2016 with the date being set for 28th January 2017. It was planned the race would have 12 runners, each with a $1Million entrance fee to get their place in the race, once paid you could then use this place, lease, contract, share a starter or sell it and would have the first right of refusal for subsequent races. All entrants were also guaranteed an equal share of the net income from the race, sounds like a bargain right!
Each entrant was permitted to pre-enter two horses. A pre-entered horse that does not draw into the Pegasus World Cup would be eligible to compete in the new Poseidon stakes, which will offer a $400,000 purse and require a $20,000 entry fee.
So now the important stuff who’s in it! Well in the first week after the announcement the following entrants were made- California Chrome LLC, Coolmore Stud, Dan Schafer, Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of the Stronach Group, Jerry and Ronald Frankel, Jim McIngvale founder of Gallery Furniture,Reddam Racing owner of 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing owner of classic winner Mucho Macho Man, Rosedown Racing, Ruis Stable, Sol Kumin, Starlight Racing whose champion horses include Ashado, Harlan's Holiday and Shanghai Bobby.
It has recently been announced that Juddmonte Farms, the owners of Arrogate have bought Coolmore’s place in the race. In the last few days the gates have been drawn and the following are confirmed-
Pegasus World Cup field (with jockeys and morning-line odds)
1 Arrogate Mike Smith 7-5
2 Prayer For Relief Florent Geroux 50-1
3 Neolithic John Velazquez 30-1
4 Noble Bird Julien Leparoux 25-1
5 War Story Antonio Gallardo 50-1
6 War Envoy Luis Saez 50-1
7 Shaman Ghost Jose Ortiz 20-1
8 Semper Fortis Tyler Gaffalione 50-1
9 Keen Ice Javier Castellano 12-1
10 Breaking Lucky Luis Contreras 25-1
11 Eragon Edgar Prado 50-1
12 California Chrome Victor Espinoza 6-5