What's New at the 2019 Pegasus World Cup

Events / Travel
Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

We’re now less than a week away from the biggest racing event of the winter, the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Not only will Saturday’s lineup in Hallandale Beach, Fla., include the richest races on dirt and turf in North America, Pegasus will also play host to what’s sure to be the biggest entertainment lineup anywhere in the Miami area. Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson headline performances in the swanky LIV Stretch Village — located off the top of the stretch (where the horses turn for home) at Gulfstream.

This will be the third annual running of the Pegasus World Cup and it promises to be the biggest and best edition of the event, especially when you consider the racing and the nighttime entertainment. There’s plenty that’s new for 2019 and we’ve got the scoop on what to expect when you arrive at Pegasus.

Newer, Chic, Varied Hospitality Options

At the Pegasus World Cup, you choose your experience. Tickets start at just $60. The next level up is the Pegasus LIV Stretch ticket, priced at $75, which includes up-close access to the racing action during the day and music at night. Our Penelope Miller has a great piece that highlights everything that comes with your LIV Stretch ticket.

Just in time for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup is the newly-renovated Flamingo Room that will be home of the most premier VIP Pegasus World Cup luxury experience. Guests will be treated to a full-day gourmet food and beverage celebration provided by Swan and Bar Bevy, Miami’s newest and hottest hospitality collaboration courtesy of Miami mogul David Grutman, singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams and celebrity chef, Jean Imbert.

If you want to get up close the horses, you can lock in a “Walking Ring” ticket, which gets you a seat right outside of the paddock circle at Gulfstream. Additional facility seating at Frankey’s Sports Bar, the Breezeway Bar and the grandstand ranges from $125-$180. Other premium experiences include the Ten Palms Restaurant with track views, apron access, live tellers and all-day catered buffet. 

Bigger Betting Bonanza

For the past few years, Pegasus has been known for the huge sums of money the horses’ owners can potentially win. But this year, perhaps more than ever, savvy bettors will be rewarded for picking winners. The Pegasus World Betting Championship, which begins on Friday, Jan. 25, is a contest that will offer a minimum prize pool of $435,000! It does cost a pretty penny to play in the contest but unlike most handicapping/betting competitions, the Pegasus World Betting Championship does not have an “entry fee” but is instead 100 percent player bankroll (the only thing players have to put up is their actual wagering money).

There will also be a new wager introduced called the Pegasus Pick 24. It will offer the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits a lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24. 

The Grass is Greener

When it was launched in 2017, the Pegasus World Cup was the richest race in the world — it’s still the richest dirt race in America. But this year, the day will also feature the richest turf race in North America, appropriately called the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The total purse for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational stands at a jaw-dropping $7 million, with $3 million awarded to the winner. Some of the horses expected to run in the race include racing stars and graded stakes winners like Yoshida, Pavel, Channel Maker, Next Shares, and more than a half-dozen others.

Stars, Stars and More Stars

Pegasus World Cup 2018 truly raised the bar, in terms of drawing star-power to a major horse racing event; the lineup for 2019 takes it to a whole new level. Looking back at last year, there were appearances by hip-hop and rap legends like Ludacris and current stars including Post Malone. Other celebs in the house were Pharrell Williams, Carson Kressley, Wilmer Valderrama, and Rashard Lewis.

This year the Doggfather, Snoop Dogg, is sure to bring down the house when he take the LIV Stretch Stage on Saturday night. He’ll be preceded by a set from Mark Ronson, with additional sounds by Ross One. Trust us, these aren’t the only stars that will be out at Gulfstream on Saturday — the heavy-hitting entertainment team that’s putting on the show also knows how to attract A-listers that won’t be announced and that you just might run into while making a bet, cheering your horse home or that you’ll just run into at the LIV Stretch.

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