The greatest champions of horse racing converge at Gulfstream Park in Florida for the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Knicks Go is the headliner, seeking to become the first horse to repeat as champion in the six-year-old Grade 1 event, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational.
Knicks Go is the favorite to be named 2021 Horse of the Year and is coming off a win in the prestigious Breeders Cup Classic in Nov.
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What is the Pegasus World Cup?
The Pegasus World Cup gives champion horses one last major race before retiring to stud. Named for the Greek God which is honored with a statue outside of Gulfstream Park, the Pegasus World Cup has become a must-see event for fans of horse betting.
It is open to horses age four and over, and fillies compete alongside their male counterparts.
The marquee event is the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. It is contested at a mile and 1/8 (nine furlongs).
This year the event has added a Grade 3 race. The Pegasus Filly and Mare on the turf with the purse marked at $500,000. Plans are to upgrade that race in the future.
Looking at the field
The field for the Pegasus World Cup is still coming together. Owners and breeders are looking to take down the defending champion in two of the day’s big races.
Knicks Go will defend his title in the Invitational on the dirt track. The American Thoroughbred has won his last four starts, including the Breeders Cup Classic in Nov. of 2021. And won an amazing eight of his last 10 races.
Knicks Go is just the sixth horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races. He also won the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile in 2020. Knicks Go has earned over $8 million in his racing career.
Also committed to the Invitational field is Sir Winston, fresh off a win in Dec. in the Valedictory Stakes at a mile and a half.
Four-year-old Life is Good is committed to racing in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Life is Good won the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile and five of his last six starts. Twice, Life is Good, beat 2021 Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit.
In addition, five-year-old Colonel Liam expects to race in The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. Colonel Liam raced to victory in this event in 2021, posting a winning time of 1:53.09.
History of the Pegasus World Cup
The first race in 2017 was one of the richest of all time, where owners had to put up a million dollars just to grab a spot in the starting gate. Arrogate won the race and set a new track record at Gulfstream coming in at 1:46.83.
Gun Runner came off a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to win the Pegasus Cup Invitational in 2018.
City of Light claimed the Pegasus World Cup Invitational after winning the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2019. Mucho Gusto won $3 million with his victory in 2020.
Knicks Go completed his historic feat in 2021, adding the Pegasus World Cup title to his resume after winning the Breeders’ Cup.