In 2018, the Pegasus World Cup totaled the highest prize money in the world with a purse of $16 million. On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the pot was split across two races — now dubbed the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.
The two races were the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), on the dirt track at 1 1/8 miles and offering $4 million for the winner of the 12-horse field. The second race, the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), was on the turf at 1 3/16 miles.
For being such a high-paying event, neither race came down to the wire as City Of Light and Bricks And Mortar captured the two races with relative ease on a rainy Florida afternoon.
City Of Light upset Accelerate to capture the $9 million Pegasus World Cup. He pressed pace-setter Patternrecognition throughout the 1-1/8 mile wet race and drew off down the stretch to a 5-3/4 length win.
2019 Pegasus World Cup Race Video
City of Light returned $5.80 for the win, $4.20 for place and $3 to show. Seeking the Soul, a 30-1 long shot, paid $19.20 and $8.20. Accelerate, the 3-2 favorite, paid $2.80.
2019 Pegasus World Cup Turf Race Video
In only his second start off a 15-month layoff, Bricks And Mortar tracked crush the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational field down the stretch by 2-3/4 lengths under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Bricks and Mortar returned $7.60, $4.20 and $3.20 to his bettors. Magic Wand dueled with Bricks and Mortar over the final furlong but settled for second and paid $9 and $6.40, and Delta Prince paid $6.60, per the Associated Press.
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