Twelve of the best older horses on the planet will face off in the second Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27, after their owners paid up to $1 million apiece to enter the starting gate of the richest horse race in the world. Those entry fees contribute to the race’s purse, and the day’s profits on betting, food and beverage, and ticket sales will be split among the entry owners in a unique race format.
The day also features seven other stakes races with total purses of $1,025,000, making for a can’t-miss day at the track. And to add to the excitement building up to the race, the 2017 Eclipse Awards recognizing the best in Thoroughbred racing will be announced at a ceremony at Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings Theater on Jan. 25. Read on for all the details you need about experiencing the Pegasus World Cup.
When: Saturday, Jan. 27
Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Fla. (near Miami)
Distance: 1 1/8 miles on the dirt
Purse: $16 million; $7 million of that to the winner
Watch: Coverage starts at 4:30 ET on NBC
Fear the Cowboy: Multiple graded stakes winner who won last month's Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Gunnevera: Multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.6 million.
Gun Runner: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who went 5-for-6 in 2017. Probable 2017 Horse of the Year.
Singing Bullet: Graded stakes-placed winner owned by Frank Stronach, whose The Stronach Group owns Gulfstream Park.
Stellar Wind: Finalist for 2017 champion older mare who has won six Grade 1 races and more than $2.2 million in her career.
Toast of New York: Runner-up in 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic who recently returned with a win in the U.K.
War Story: Graded stakes winner of more than $1.5 million.
Tickets can be purchased at pegasusworldcup.com. Prices start at $75 for general admission, with several seating and dining options available at higher price points.
More Things to Do in Miami
There are plenty of dining and entertainment options in Miami to occupy your time when you’re not at the track. The thriving metropolis of more than five million people offers a diverse array of restaurants, including those with a Cuban or Haitian flair, and local specialties like key lime pie and stone crab.
Spend a day on the beach and a night on the town in South Beach, where the famous art deco buildings of Ocean Drive are just yards from white sand and azure water. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out Everglades or Biscayne National Parks just outside the city, where you’ll witness alligators (Everglades) and can snorkel a coral reef (Biscayne). If you’d rather keep your distance from the wildlife, visit them at Zoo Miami.
Take in the city’s arts and culture at one of the many museums or historical homes, or if you’re itching for some more sporting excitement check out a pro game: both the NHL’s Florida Panthers and NBA’s Miami Heat are in season.
No matter your preference, you’re sure to enjoy Miami’s unique culture and the excitement of the world’s richest horse race.