This Saturday is the biggest day of racing in South Florida all winter: Pegasus World Cup day. With millions of dollars on the line and a post-race concert on tap at Gulfstream Park in sunny South Florida, a day packed with entertainment awaits.
Find nine fun facts about the day below.
1. This year is the fourth running of the Pegasus World Cup concept that began in 2017. The race was previously contested in early February as the Donn Handicap since 1959.
2. 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.
3. This year’s race will be the career finale for Omaha Beach, a popular colt who has won five of his last six races and was the morning-line favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve until a throat condition forced him to be scratched.
4. The expected field for the Pegasus includes winners of 57 total races and more than $15 million. Learn more about all 12 here.
5. Pegasus World Cup day features nine stakes worth $5.2 million. Six of them are graded, including the $3 million, Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and the $1 million, Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
6. Globetrotting mare Magic Wand is expected to compete in the Pegasus Turf. The Irish-bred finished second in the race last year and followed that with 11 more races in 2019 in places like England, Dubai, Australia, and Hong Kong.
7. This year is the first that no horse in either Pegasus race will run on Lasix (furosemide). Rule modifications were made for 2020 and the medication is not allowed.
8. Hip-hop artists Nelly and T-Pain highlight the non-equine entertainment at Gulfstream on Saturday. They headline a concert at the LIV Stretch Village post-races.
9. The Pegasus World Cup features the 1-2 finishers from the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Spun to Run and Omaha Beach, plus three other Breeders’ Cup runners: Classic also-rans Higher Power (third) and Seeking the Soul (sixth) and Dirt Mile eighth-place finisher Diamond Oops.