Horse Country Connections: Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup is the first major race day on the North American racing calendar in 2023. Hosted at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, the Pegasus World Cup is a thrilling day at the races, headlined by the G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational and G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. 

Here in Kentucky, we’ll be watching the races and cheering on the #HorseCountryConnections (and dreaming of warm weather!). Let’s check out some of the contenders in this year’s G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

The Races

G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational 

Purse: $3,000,000

Distance: 1 ⅛ miles on the dirt

Post Time: 5:40 p.m. ET

Post Positions: 

1 – Proxy | bred and owned by Godolphin | sired by Tapit, standing at Gainesway Farm

2 – Simplification | sired by Not This Time, standing at Taylor Made Farm

3 – Ridin With Biden | sired by Constitution, standing at WinStar Farm | Keeneland Sales graduate

4 – White Abarrio | bred by Spendthrift Farm

5 – Defunded | sired by Dialed In, standing at Darby Dan Farm | Keeneland Sales graduate

6 – Art Collector 

7 – Skippylongstocking | Keeneland Sales graduate

8 – Get Her Number | sired by Dialed In, standing at Darby Dan Farm

9 – Last Samurai | bred by Stonestreet Farm 

10 – Cyberknife | sired by Gun Runner, standing at Three Chimneys Farm | Future Spendthrift Farm stallion

11 – Stiletto Boy 

12 – O’Connor (CHI)

Also Eligibles

14 – Endorsed | bred by Godolphin | sired by Medaglia d’Oro, standing at Jonabell Farm

Along with the dirt feature, the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational drew a strong field of competitive turf horses. 

G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational 

Purse: $1,000,000

Distance: 1 ⅛  miles on the turf

Post Time: 4:40 p.m. ET

Post Positions 

1 – Wit | sired by Practical Joke, standing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud | Keeneland Sales graduate

2 – Good Governance (GB) | Keeneland Sales Graduate 

3 – Atone | bred by Godolphin | sired by Into Mischief, standing at Spendthrift Farm 

4 – Hurricane Dream (FR) 

5 – One More Bid

6 – Lady Speightspeare | sired by Speightstown, standing at WinStar Farm

7 – Speaking Scout | Keeneland Sales Graduate

8 – Who’s the Star | sired by Tonalist, standing at Lane’s End Farm | Keeneland Sales Graduate

9 – Decorated Invader | Keeneland Sales Graduate

10 – Ivar (BRZ) | G1 winner at Keeneland

11 – Master Piece (CHI) 

12 – City Man

Also Eligibles 

13 – King Cause | bred by Airdrie Stud | sired by Creative Cause, standing at Airdrie Stud | Keeneland Sales Graduate

14 – Steady On | Keeneland Sales Graduate

Where to Watch

If you’re like us, and you won’t be in Florida for the races this weekend, you can tune in on NBC at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 28 to catch all of the action. Live streams will also be available online and via the NBC sports app.

Horse Country Connections: Past Winners

Life is Good, winner of the 2022 Pegasus World Cup, is now retired and stands stud at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. You can visit WinStar and learn more about this champion on one of their tours! In the meantime, click here to relive his thrilling win in last year’s edition.

Knicks Go, now standing at Taylor Made Farm, won the 2021 edition of the Pegasus World Cup. Click here to book a tour of Taylor Made Farm, and be sure to check out his victory here.

City of Light won the 2019 Pegasus World Cup before joining his sire Quality Road in the stallion barn at Lane’s End Farm. Visit Lane’s End and learn more about City of Light (and Quality Road!) on one of their tours. You can watch his Pegasus World Cup conquest here.

Now a leading stallion, Gun Runner won the second running of the Pegasus World Cup back in 2018. Watch his stirring triumph here, and be sure to book a tour of Three Chimneys Farm to see Gun Runner in his new career.

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