Diane Salek, winner of two Pegasus World Cup tickets from America's Best Racing and Dan Schafer, shares her experience at the $12 million race below.
The excitement around the first running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational had been building for months. Thinking about the two highest rated race horses in the world, champion 3-year old Arrogate and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, competing for $12 million was intriguing to say the least. Could it get any better? Yes! I won tickets in a contest to the world’s richest race!
Under the watchful eye of the giant Pegasus statue, Gulfstream Park is a perfect setting for horse racing. The beautiful, colonnaded Walking Ring lends a classical vibe to the surroundings, very apropos for a race named for the flying horse of Greek mythology. My tickets were for the trackside Corona Beach House where we were treated to a tasty barbecue buffet, open bar and our own tellers and betting machines. It was a horseplayer’s heaven.
Our host Dan Schafer joined forces with Loooch Racing Stable to run War Story in the Pegasus. He’s fairly new to racing but committed to growing the sport with innovative ideas like the contest I won. Thanks Dan! Racing needs more people like you.
There were 11 other races run that day with some great finishes but everyone was waiting for the Pegasus. As post time got closer, anticipation grew, horseplayers studied their past performances and betting lines got longer. We were ready for the clash of the titans!
Alas, that didn’t materialize with California Chrome fading to ninth and Arrogate flying like a 21st century Pegasus past the finish line first. It wasn’t the result I hoped for but it was a brilliant performance by racing’s newest star. And I was thrilled to see it live and experience the excitement of the first Pegasus World Cup. Can’t wait for 2018!