If you’re planning to attend this year’s Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, you’re in for a treat: with top-notch horse racing, world-class entertainment, and one of the most beautiful settings in sports, it’s going to be an incredible weekend. Here are ten things we think you should know before you head to the races!
1. Tickets are still available, and you can get a discount.
2. Know how to have the best day – and how to get the best view – by making the most of your tickets.
If you already have your tickets, we know you want to get the most you can out of them. That’s why we made up this handy guide to show you where to go, what to do, and how to have the most fun you can on Saturday.
3. Know the runners.
How can you bet the Pegasus without knowing the contenders? There’s a strong field lined up for Saturday’s main event, and you can get to know each and every horse right here.
4. There are two really big races on Pegasus day.
Saturday afternoon is a huge day at Gulfstream: after all, in addition to fantastic undercard racing, there will be two main events: the Pegasus World Cup on the dirt, which comes with a $3 million purse; and the Pegasus World Cup Turf, a grass race with the lion’s share of $1 million waiting for its winner. Past superstar winners of the Pegasus include Arrogate, Gun Runner, and City of Light, while Bricks and Mortar, who will probably be voted Horse of the Year on Thursday night at the Eclipse Awards, took home last year’s inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Turf.
5. Know how to bet the Pegasus day races.
If you’re new to playing the ponies, welcome! There are several ways you can bet on horses, both in-person with tellers or by using an app at home. The official betting portal for the Pegasus World Cup is XpressBet, which you can sign up for here. And if you don’t know how to bet, no worries! We can help you out.
6. Bring cash.
If you’re going to bet at the Pegasus World Cup, it’s best to bring some cash with you. While you can buy a betting voucher with a credit card, it’s easiest to have some bills on hand if you want to place a wager with a teller.
7. The entertainment lineup is bonkers good.
If you’re looking for an incredible entertainment experience, this year’s Pegasus World Cup can’t be beat. The lineup for 2020 includes Nelly, T-Pain, DJ Cassidy, and more. You need LIV Stretch tickets to see the post-race show, so be sure to plan accordingly!
8. The 2020 Pegasus will have some of the strictest safety and medication protocols in the game.
This year’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will be run completely medication-free on race day. Plus, each racehorse running on Pegasus day will be subject to International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards of veterinary monitoring before the races, which puts the safety of the equine and human athletes at Gulfstream Park as the highest priority.
9. Plus, a portion of the purse money will be dedicated to retired racehorses.
For the first time, a portion of the Pegasus World Cup and World Cup Turf’s purses will benefit Thoroughbred aftercare. That means that retired racehorses will get the financial backing they need to find their forever homes in their second careers. You gotta love that!
10. You can round out the weekend with a jazz brunch.
If you can’t bear the idea of Pegasus World Cup weekend ending on Saturday, we don’t blame you! Why not make the fun last by getting tickets to the jazz brunch at Gulfstream Park on Sunday morning, which features music from Lady Gaga’s own band leader, Brian Newman. Add in some mimosas and delicious food from the Flamingo Room, and you have the perfect way to start a Sunday! Just make sure you get your tickets soon – space is running out!