This is a complete guide for the upcoming Pegasus World Cup.
You will find:
- What the competition is with contenders and odds.
- Tickets info.
- Travel ideas for the World Cup.
Have a look.
You will find:
Have a look.
Pegasus World Cup is a Group 1 horse race in January for thoroughbreds. During the cup day, there is a total of 7 competitions. The 2 most significant races are:
the Pegasus World Cup (G1) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1).
Pegasus World Cup is the main event you can’t miss. Some of the finest contenders competed in the cup, such as California Chrome, and Arrogate. The horse race is 9 furlongs (1 1/8 miles) for Fillies and Mares 3 years old and older and runs on dirt.
Pegasus World Cup Turf is the ‘warmer’ for the World Cup, but a quality warmer. The first run was in 2019, and Brick & Mortar was the winner of the turf cup.
When the first race happened in 2017, it had the richest purse in the world, with $12 million in total. In 2018 the purse raised to $16 million, and in 2019 to $17 million. The Pegasus World Cup had a total pot of $9 million (4 million for the winner), but the prize changed to $3 million on December 15, 2019. The Saudi Cup ($20 million), Dubai World Cup ($12 million), and The Everest ($10 million) have higher pots. $7 million was for the turf cup ($3 million for the winner), but the prize money is due to lower to $2 million, while $1 million is dispersed for the other 5 races.
When considering purchasing a ticket, you should know there are 4 options:
GA (General Admission) is for the standing areas only, a few yards from the contenders, but the view will be limited. Prices range from $45-$105 USD. RA (Reserved Admission) offers 6 different seating areas, with great seats to watch the event from the Grandstand and the Silks. From the Grandstand, you’ll have a great view of the World Cup. Prices range from $89-$310 USD, with Grandstand at $180.
Liv Stretch is the complete Pegasus World Cup experience. Not only will you have the best view of the final furlong, but you’ll also enjoy the perks of an open bar (all day), music acts, speedy entry, and private restrooms. The only downside is the rooms are standing-only unless you managed to reserve a table. Prices range from $60-$300 USD.
Fine dining by the walking ring to see live the pre-action. So that you know, there is no view of the race.
Gulfstream Park added the prestige Pegasus World Cup in 2017. The idea from Stronach Group (the owners) of the new horse race was to have a top competition between the Breeders’ Cup and the Dubai World Cup.
Racing at Gulfstream began a long time before the Pegasus World Cup. In 1939 the park opened its gates for the first time for a 4 day meeting, but the primary race of Gulfstream began in 1952: Florida Derby. With an entire purse of $1 million, it is one of the best preps for the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security, the disqualified Kentucky Derby winner in 2019, won the Florida Derby.
As Florida’s top racetrack, 1989 was the first time Gulfstream hosted the Breeders’ Cup. Since then, there were 2 more occasions: in 1992 and 1999.
Not many bookies had a second look at Mucho Gusto (including myself). After a long rest from competitions, Mucho Gusto (16/1) opened the lead butlet Higher Power and Mister Freeze enter the lead. Once they entered the final stretch though, Mucho Gusto took the lead and never looked back to win by five lengths a first Pegasus World Cup.
Zulu Alpha burst at final stretch to overcome Magical Wand to win the Pegasus Turf 2020. Below you can see The contenders and odds for the Pegasus World Cup 2020.
As one of the richest races in the world with top contenders, this is the perfect event in January. Take a break from the cold winter, and experience the Pegasus World Cup 2020 on January 25, Hallandale Beach.
In NBC for television and TVG for live stream. The races you can watch are the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf.
Hallandale Beach is a resort town near Miami, which means the only real thing to do is the beaches. Since the Pegasus World Cup is in January, you might find the beach less enjoyable. Gulfstream Park (where the racetrack is) has more entertainment apart from the runs:
There are cocktail bars, an open-air mall, Casino, and more.
If you’re interested in a more active vacation, Miami is only 30 minutes away from Hallandale Beach. So here are 3 things to do in Miami that will be worth your vacation time:
You might go to the racing day with children (or maybe you couldn’t find a trusted babysitter). Jungle Island is an excellent opportunity to see some of the most exotic animals in a tropical habitat. The theme park offers a unique visit where you can even interact with some of the animals, such as lemurs. Just some words of notice: be respectful of the animals.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a place where you can enjoy a beautiful day at the gardens and learn the architecture of the villa. Some of the things you can see at the Vizcaya museums include: lost arts during the Nazi period in Germany. Unique architecture crafted by James Deering.
A great area to spend some time in the day or evening, Bayside Marketplace offers an open space shopping & dining experience. The mall operation hours are from:
When it comes to places to stay in Hallandale Beach, there is no shortage of accommodation. You can see the 2 best hotels in Hallandale beach, or choose your custom hotel from the map, powered by Booking:
At 10 minutes walking distance from Gulfstream Park, Hampton Inn in Hallandale Beach is your best location hotel. The highly-rated hotel offers a comfortable room with a king-size bed and free breakfast. Prices start from $113 per night, and the hotel offers free cancellation.
If you’re searching for the complete 5-star luxury resort, the Diplomat Beach Resort is your answer. You’ll wake up to a splendid view of the sea, as the hotel is located right on the beachside. Gulfstream Park isn’t far away at 10 minutes drive, 3.2 miles.
The hotel rooms have a spacious 37 m2 room and a king-size bed. But there’s much much more: 2 outdoor pools, full-service spa, and 8 restaurants. Prices start from $220 per night, and the hotel offers free cancellation.
Hallandale Beach has a surprising amount of places to eat, but there are 3 that stand out:
Rated 4.0 from nearly 1000 reviews, the seafood restaurant has brunch and dinner menus. Sitting by the beach with the ocean next to you already improves the dining experience, and the service is ‘very helpful.’ The best meals at Juniper are at brunch time. Juniper is around 30 minutes walking distance from Gulfstream Park
One of the best parts about Southern Florida is the Cuban food, and Padrino’s delivers that. The food is said to be very tasty (especially the vaca frita), with sizeable portions. Service is considered to be very fast without waiting too much. Gulfstream Park is 15-20 minutes walking distance from the restaurant.
Sometimes the simple meal is the best one, and the Sicilian Oven does just that. Famous for its pizza, the Italian restaurant has more on its menu. You can order their Bolognese or Fried Calamari. The cuisine is renowned for its freshness, and you should make a reservation since the eatery has many seating requests. The service is good (not top-level though), and the distance to Gulfstream Park is a 5 minutes drive.
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is around 30 minutes-drive from Miami Airport (MIA), and about 15-20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport.
Public transportation includes a bus or a train and change to a bus. Bus line no.1 will take around an hour and forty minutes, while a train and a bus for two hours and twenty minutes.
The closest airport to Gulfstream Park. Line 1 bus takes around 50 minutes-drive at $2-$3 dollars. If you pay an extra $10-$25 dollars for a taxi or uber, it will be 35 minutes less, and you’ll get directly to your accommodation stay.
If you’re arriving from Orlando, you should know the drive is around three hours and 30 minutes. You can also take a bus, but you’ll have to change lines, and it will take you around five hours and 30 minutes.
Parking on the race day in January is free on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re arriving in your car, you should plan your time accordingly. Gates for Pegasus World Cup open at 9am. There are also shuttle services from the parking lot, and if you prefer valet services.
The valet service costs $30 between 10am – 7pm, and $10 from 7pm – 3am.
The brief racing history of the Pegasus World Cup began in 2017.
Two of the most famous runners in the decade raced, Arrogate and California Chrome. In the last furlongs, California Chrome lost his pace, while Arrogate the (Breeders’ Cup winner of the previous year) rode to a very convincing victory.
Another horse of the year, Gun Runner, was in complete control of the race. Sitting in second and reserving strength for the final furlong, Gun Runner left no chance to West Coast to win the Pegasus World Cup.
Pattern Recognition lead the way from the gates with City of Light just behind. As the race continued to the inside, City of Light broke away, and Pattern Recognition stayed behind. Accelerate rode from the outside next to City of Light, but City of Light enlarged the gap towards the last furlong and won convincingly.