Eight Things You Should Know About the 2019 Pegasus World Cup

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Horses train at Gulfstream Park, host of the 2019 Pegasus World Cup on Saturday.
Horses train at Gulfstream Park, host of the 2019 Pegasus World Cup on Saturday. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Now in its third year, the Pegasus World Cup is bigger and better than ever. Many of the best racehorses in the world are set to compete in Saturday’s races, topping a day packed with fashion, celebrities, and fun north of Miami. Get ready for the 2019 Pegasus with the eight fun facts below.

1. The race is hosted by Gulfstream Park, the premier South Florida racetrack and an entertainment destination. The track also has shops, restaurants, a casino, a bowling alley, and a 473-ton statue of a winged Pegasus slaying a 242-ton dragon.

2. There’s a new World Cup race this year. The Pegasus World Cup Turf, a 1 3/16-mile race on the grass, has been added to the day’s races to accompany the dirt feature.

Snoop Dogg (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Janet Spinas Dancer)

3. The dozen 2019 Pegasus World Cup dirt contenders are an accomplished bunch. They have collectively earned more than $21.8 million and won 79 races. Learn more about all 12 here.

4. Horses are racing for $17,125,000 in stakes purse money on Pegasus World Cup day. In addition to the $9 million Pegasus World Cup and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf, there are seven other stakes races worth $125,000 to $200,000 per race.

5. The Pegasus has drawn horses from as far away as Japan to compete. Japanese-bred and -trained filly Aerolithe is entered to compete in the Pegasus Turf.

6. Snoop Dogg will perform at this year’s Pegasus. In addition to the racing, Pegasus World Cup day will be highlighted by performances from hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg and award-winning DJ Mark Ronson.

7. Both Pegasus winners so far were champions. Last year’s winner Gun Runner was the reigning Horse of the Year and champion older dirt male, while 2017 winner Arrogate was reigning champion 3-year-old male. This year features expected champion older dirt male and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate.

8. The 2019 Pegasus World Cup features an undefeated Triple Crown winner. Mexican Triple Crown champ Kukulkan is undefeated in 14 career starts, though just one of them has come in the U.S.

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