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The $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Jan. 27, will be the richest race in the history of Thoroughbred racing, topping the $12 million Pegasus purse that set the benchmark last year.

Excitement is growing involving the second edition of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest horse race. The 1 1/8-mile contest, headed by expected Horse of the Year Gun Runner, will be run on Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

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.

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2018 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track. Each week in this space we spotlight the most meaningful story of the past seven days, detailing a story that stands out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it generates.

Looking ahead, if you believe there’s a story this week that should be featured in next week’s edition of the Main Track, let us know by tweeting it to @ABRLive using the hashtag #ABRMainTrack.

In this week’s story we’ll discuss the Eclipse Award that deserves the loudest round of applause at the Jan. 25 ceremonies.

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