Pegasus World Cup 2020

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While the Pegasus World Cup has not been a part of the racing calendar for very long, it has not taken it long at all to carve out a name for itself.

The Pegasus World Cup Entries have now been announced. This year, they are by invitation only, and 17 horses have made the cut. Big names Maximum Security and McKinzie will not be taking part in the race this year. However, Omaha Beach is among those who made the cut.

Read more to find out about the entries, the purse, and the betting options.

Pegasus World Cup Entries 2020

This year, the Pegasus World Cup 2020 purse has been reduced to $3 million from a $9 million prize purse in 2019. The entries are now by invitation only: 17 horses have been invited, 12 of which are “invitees” and 5 are “reserve invitees”.

Here are the invitees for the 2020 race, which will take place on January 25, 2020 and the early odds*:

Horse Trainer Odds to Win 
Diamond OopsPatrick Biancone30-1
Higher PowerJohn Sadler5-1
Math WizardSaffie JosephTBA
MidcourtJohn A. ShirreffsTBA
Mr FreezeDale Romans40-1
Omaha BeachRichard Mandella 7-5
Seeking the SoulDallas Stewart20-1
Spun to RunJuan Carlos Guerrero7-2
TaxDanny Gargan15-1
True TimberKiaran McLaughlin20-1
War StoryElizabeth Dobles20-1

*Odds according to as of 01.08.20

This Pegasus World Cup guide gives you an insight into the various aspects of this premium racing event, allowing you to be armed with the knowledge needed by the time the race comes around in January. This will come in handy when it comes time to bet on Pegasus World Cup.

Reserved Invitees to the Pegasus World Cup:

Horse Trainer Odds to Win* 
Magic WandAidan O’Brien TBA
Mucho GustoBob BaffertTBA
TenfoldAidan P. O’BrienTBA
BodexpressGustavo DelgadoTBA

*Odds according to as of 01.08.20

Pegasus World Cup Betting

There is a lot of interest in which horse to bet on in the Pegasus World Cup. It is one of the highest-profile horse races that take place every year and it always attracts large sums of bets. 

All racebooks that cater to horse racing will have a variety of markets on offer for the Pegasus World Cup. These Pegasus betting markets usually go live when the list of entries are set. 

Perhaps the most popular option for betting on the Pegasus World Cup for racing enthusiasts is through TVG. This is a platform that lives and breathes horse racing, not catering for any other sports. You can even watch live streams of the races you bet on through the TVG platform. 

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TVG is the leading horse racing betting operator in the US. It has the widest coverage of horse races and some regular offers and bonuses. Currently, new customers can enjoy a first bet risk-free and get up to $200 back if that bet loses. T&Cs apply, 18/21+.

There is also a team of racing experts on hand to give you tips and analysis on the various races you may be looking to place bets on, such as the Pegasus World Cup. There are also races from more than 150 other race tracks globally, with live betting even being an option. 

You can avail of great bonus deals when signing up for an account with TVG, as well as regular promotions for existing users. It is a good idea to shop around for the best Pegasus World Cup odds.

While there are always great meetings taking place across the world for horse racing, the Pegasus World Cup always is one of the biggest to bet on. This is largely due to the caliber of horse and jockey that takes part in this race, as well as the massive prize pool on offer. 

Both of the races that are now part of the Pegasus World Cup will be enticing for bettors who hope to get their own slice of the glory on race days. 

Pegasus World Cup Betting Tips & Predictions 

As the final list of Pegasus World Cup entries is not yet official, giving tips and predictions about the horses to bet on in the Pegasus World Cup races is a tricky one. 

Until you know the level of competition that is in the field and what jockeys will be on what horses, there is a lot of speculation. Some of the key factors to look at naturally are going to be course form and current form. 

You want to see what types of results each horse has had at the same length of race and in the same conditions that will be on race day. Naturally, all of the horses in the race are going to have very good perigees and results to date. Otherwise, their owners would not pay $500,000 to enter the horse. 

Maximum Security looks like running in the Pegasus World Cup in 2020 and will likely be the early favorite. Other horses that are near the top of the betting include Omaha Beach, McKinzie and Spun to Run. 

In the 2019 renewal of the Pegasus World Cup, City of Light was one of the favorites to win before the race and duly delivered. Seeking the Soul in second place paid out nicely for each way bettors, with odds of 34/1. In third place was Accelerate, having gone off at 6/4 in the pre-Pegasus World Cup betting.

Pegasus World Cup Invitational Entries 2020 Explained

Previously, for those that wished to enter a horse into the main race, the entry fee used to be around $500,000. However, this year, they decided to waive the entrance fee. All horses that will take part in the race will have to be invited. Moreover, this race will be completely medication-free. This is part of a move towards safer horse races. Two percent of the winnings will go to Thoroughbred aftercare.

There will be a dozen horses taking center stage for the Pegasus World Cup, with the requirement being that the horses are at least four years old. Each of the horses will also carry 124 pounds, with an allowance of three pounds in place for mares and fillies. 

It was in 2019 that there was another event added to this racing occasion. It was called the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. This led to the prize purse for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational dropping down to $9 million. 

For 2020, the Pegasus World Cup has banned the use of Lasix, a medication usually given to horses before races. This follows many horses’ deaths at Santa Anita and the wish to create a safer environment. A percentage of the winnings from the race will be donated to aftercare for horses.

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Pegasus & Dragon statue in the Gulfstream in Hallandale, Florida. Wikimedia CC

About the Pegasus World Cup

The first iteration of the event took place in 2017. Its purse was catching the attention of racing and non-racing fans alike. It was a hefty $12 million in total.

The Pegasus World Cup takes place in January each year. The race is over nine furlongs and it is in Florida. It takes place on the premium track at Gulfstream Park, which is in Hallandale Beach. 

The interest in this event is growing massively year on year, becoming something people look forward to annually in the United States racing calendar, as well as having keen onlookers from further abroad.

The name for this race comes from a Greek mythical horse, of which there is a statue that is 110 feet tall at Gulfstream Park. 

In order to boost the prize purse beyond what the entrants pay, the racecourse itself will give $4 million for the purses. There is an option available to those who have paid the $500,000 entry fee to lease or sell their position in the starting gate if this is something they want to do. 

This means that there are now a couple of races across the world with bigger purses. These are the Dubai World Cup, that has a race purse of $12 million. There is also a new race that has been dubbed as the Saudi Cup. It will have its first iteration during 2020 with a purse of $20 million. 

Pegasus Horses Races Winners 

With the Pegasus World Cup 2020 iteration being keenly anticipated by racing fans all across the world, you can pass some of the time by checking out some of the previous winners of this race. This will also allow you to prepare for your Pegasus World Cup betting picks.

Pegasus World Cup Winners 2019 

In the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational event, City of Light was the victor, having Javier Castellano on its back and being trained by W.M. McCarthy. It got past the winning post in a 1:47:71 time. 

Along with Accelerate, City of Lights was the favorite to win before the race. Heavy rain caused the track to be very sloppy, with the downpour continuing as the horses left the starting block. By the end, City of Lights had won the race easily, with nearly six lengths to spare.

In the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, Bricks and Mortar came out on top in the first-ever running of this event. Bricks and Mortar timed its run perfectly, coming from behind before making up ground during the final turn. In the end, he managed to blow past the leaders and win the race by 2.5 lengths. 

RaceWinner (Odds)
Pegasus World Cup InvitationalCity of Light (5/2)
Pegasus World Cup Turf InvitationalBricks and Mortar (5/1)

Previous Winners 

It was Gun Runner that came out on top in 2018, having been expertly ridden by Florent Geroux to ultimately be victorious. Trainer Steven M. Asmussen is an iconic trainer, having won many prestigious races across the world and was delighted to add the Pegasus World Cup to his collection of winners. The Pegasus World Cup betting before the race had City of Light at 5/2.

Finally, the first iteration of the event in 2017 saw Arrogate being crowned as the inaugural Pegasus World Cup champion. The four-year-old was ridden by Mike E. Smith and trained by Bob Baffert. It came home in a race record time of 1:46:83. The Pegasus World Cup betting before the race had Bricks and Mortar at 5/1.

  • 2019 – City of Light (5/2)
  • 2018 – Gun Runner (5/7)
  • 2017 – Arrogate (4/5)

Pegasus World Cup History

The Pegasus World Cup first took place on January 28, 2017. At the time, it was the richest racing event in the world, having a purse of $12 million. This record is no longer active. The idea for this race was first proposed in January 2016 by Frank Stronach at the Thoroughbred Owners Conference that was taking place at Gulfstream Park. 

The timing of the event deliberately was set in order to avoid a potential clash with the likes of the Dubai World Cup or the Breeders’ Cup. It was also good timing for any horses looking to have one more race before the retirement stud kicks in during February. 

The first race was announced in May 2016. Each of the entrants was asked to pay an entry fee of $1 million. As well as having the right to sell these positions, the entrants also take home a share of the race’s net income. A shareholder can enter as many as two horses.

For the 2019 renewal, there was an overall purse of $19 million with the extra race in the meeting. Of this sum, $9 million was for the traditional Pegasus World Cup dirt race, whereas the turf race had a purse of $7 million, with an additional $1 million worth of bonus money also being up for grabs. 

The entry fee dropped to $500,000 in 2019, with a dozen entrants available for each of the races. If the same owner is victories in both of the races, they will get the $1 million of bonus money. 

Eclipse Award

At the Pegasus World Cup each year, the Eclipse Award is handed out. This is the award for the winner of each thoroughbred horse racing division. There are twenty different categories for this award. The American Award for Horse of the Year is the most prestigious of the Eclipse Award categories. Justify, winner of the Triple Crown and the Kentucky Derby, won this award in 2018. 


What is the Pegasus World Cup?

The Pegasus World Cup is one of the richest horse racing events in the world today. It began in 2017 with a purse for the single race of $16 million. As there is now an additional race, the prize pool for the single race is not as large. Therefore, the most lucrative race in the world honor has now gone elsewhere. 

Where is the Pegasus World Cup?

The Pegasus World Cup takes place every year in January at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

When is the Pegasus World Cup?

The Pegasus World Cup usually takes place towards the end of January. The 2020 Pegasus World Cup will take place on January 25. 

Where can I watch the Pegasus Cup live?

You can view the Pegasus World Cup live on most horse racing channels. You can also watch it through online horse racing platforms such as TVG. This is possible when you have made a bet on the race.