Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Pegasus World Cup

The inaugural Pegasus World Cup in 2017 drew thousands to Gulfstream Park for a premier racing and entertainment event. (Eclipse Sportswire/Penelope Miller)

South Florida takes center stage in horse racing each winter, and in January all eyes are on Gulfstream Park’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

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.

The Race

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

The Contenders

Collected: Defeated Arrogate in the 2017 TVG Pacific Classic, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Fear the Cowboy: Multiple graded stakes winner who won last month's Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park. 

Giant Expectations: Recent winner of the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Gunnevera: Multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.6 million.

Gun Runner (Lou Hodges, Jr. /Hodges Photography)

Gun Runner: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who went 5-for-6 in 2017. Probable 2017 Horse of the Year.

Seeking the Soul: Winner of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare at Churchill Downs in November.

Sharp Azteca: Multiple graded stakes winner who won the Cigar Mile Presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct last month.

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.

West Coast: Probable champion 3-year-old of 2017 who won the Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and Pennsylvania Derby.


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.

Ocean Drive in South Beach. (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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