The racing world is laser-focused on South Florida right now, where 12 of the best horses in the world will square off in just a couple of weeks at Gulfstream Park for a whopping $12 million.
The Pegasus World Cup isn’t just the richest Thoroughbred race on the planet; it’s a whole new frontier for racing. The 12 places in the starting gate were purchased months ago for $1 million apiece and the profits from the entire day will be divided up among the gate owners. Meanwhile, the $12 million in entry fees make up the race’s purse.
Six other stakes races will take place at the track that day, and the team at Gulfstream Park even got Conor McGregor to promote the marquee event in a funny video series. Read on for race details and helpful information to plan your Pegasus World Cup experience.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28
Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Fla. (near Miami)
Distance: 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
Purse: $12 million; $7 million of that to the winner
Watch: Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Arrogate: 2016 Travers Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner
Breaking Lucky: 2016 Seagram Cup winner and Clark Handicap runner-up
California Chrome: 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year, 2016 Dubai World Cup, Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes winner
Eragon: Winner of multiple Group 1 stakes races in his native Argentina
Keen Ice: 2015 Travers winner, defeating American Pharoah
Neolithic: 2016 Discovery Stakes runner-up
Noble Bird: Multiple graded stakes winner, including the 2015 Stephen Foster Handicap
Prayer for Relief: Multiple graded stakes winning earner of more than $2 million
Ralis: 2015 Hopeful Stakes winner, runner-up in 2016 Del Mar Derby (added to consideration Jan. 14)
Shaman Ghost: 2016 Woodward Stakes and Brooklyn Invitational winner
War Envoy: Placed second and third in multiple graded stakes in Europe
War Story: Recent Queens County Stakes winner
Tickets can be purchased at pegasusworldcup.com. Prices start at $100 for general admission and an array of reserved seating and dining options are available.
More Things to Do in Miami
With a metro population of five million people, you can bet there is plenty to do in Miami. Spend a day on the beach and check out the famous art deco styling of Ocean Drive in South Beach. Enjoy delicious food from world-class restaurants, with options ranging from stone crab to key lime pie to fare with a Cuban or Haitian flair.
Take in Zoo Miami or another wildlife experience, check out one of the city’s many museums and historical homes, watch a pro sports game (NBA’s Miami Heat and NHL’s Florida Panthers are in season), or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit Everglades and Biscayne National Parks just outside the city, where you can see alligators (Everglades) or snorkel a coral reef (Biscayne).
You can also make the drive south to the Florida Keys, taking the Overseas Highway across Seven Mile Bridge and many others while enjoying the blue water and white sand beaches. Miami to Key West is just a 3 ½ hour drive.
Whatever your style, you’re sure to enjoy the culture of Miami and the glamour of the world’s richest horse race.