The stage is set for an exciting showdown at the $3 million Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup, as 20 of the world’s top horses, including 8 reserves, have been extended invitations.
The star-studded event is set to light up Gulfstream Park on January 27th.

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Headlining the hopefuls is the 2023 Preakness winner, National Treasure, aiming to etch their name in history as the first Triple Crown race winner to secure a Pegasus World Cup victory. Past participants in the Pegasus World Cup include the likes of Sir Winston, who placed fifth in 2022, and California Chrome, who finished ninth in 2017.

Life Is Good, Knicks Go, City of Light, Gun Runner, and Arrogate – all previous Breeders’ Cup champions – have also claimed victory at the Pegasus World Cup in past years. Additionally, last year’s runner-up, White Abarrio, won the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita later in the season.

But with a new field of contenders vying for the title, who will emerge victorious and etch their name in history alongside these greats?

Let’s meet some of the top contenders for this year’s Pegasus World Cup.

  • First Mission: Winner of last year’s Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and a close second in Churchill’s Grade 2 Clark Handicap.
  • Saudi Crown: Winner of last year’s Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx and participating in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
  • Subsanador: A three-time Group 1 winner on dirt in his native Argentina made his US debut with a fourth-place finish as the favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes on December 26th.
  • Grand Aspen: Runner-up in Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes, the local Pegasus prep held on December 30th.
  • O’Connor: Back-to-back winner of Keeneland’s Grade 2 Fayette and Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes, the local Pegasus prep.
  • Hoist the Gold: A millionaire earner who triumphed in the Grade 2 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct and the Grade 2 Phoenix at Keeneland in 2023.
  • Skippylongstocking: Conqueror of the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic and a third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2023, with earnings exceeding 1.5 million. Also participated in the 2022 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, as well as the 2023 Pegasus World Cup.
  • Il Miracolo: Participated in the 2023 Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, with consecutive placings in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland, and Grade 2 Clark at Churchill Downs.
  • Newgrange: Emerged victorious in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 San Antonio on December 26th.
  • Senor Buscador: Champion of the 2023 Grade 2 San Diego at Del Mar, runner-up in the Grade 2 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, and participating in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Classic for the past two years.
  • Trademark: Winner of Churchill’s Grade 2 Clark Handicap last year, boasting earnings surpassing $1 million.

The reserve invitees include Castle Chaos, Crupi, Wizard of Westwood, Ny Traffic, Red Route One, Dynamic One, Steal Sunshine, and Nimitz Class.

Final Thoughts

The anticipation builds as we get closer to the climax of the Pegasus World Cup. Each horse has shown their worth, strength, and mettle in previous races. But the Pegasus World Cup is a different beast altogether. It’s a stage where legends are made, champions are crowned, and history is written. With the stakes as high as they are, strategies will be key.

The TVG Pegasus picks will play a major role in helping bettors make informed choices. Keep an eye out for the draw on January 21st. The lineup is promising, and the competition is fierce.

It’s anyone’s race; as with any sporting event, there could be surprises.
So, mark your calendars for January 27th, and get ready for a thrilling ride.

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