Imagine a horse race where the entry alone costs $500,000. It’s a reality with the Pegasus World Cup next month on January 26 from Gulfstream Park, Florida.

In 2018, the Pegasus World Cup totaled the highest prize money in the world with a purse of $16 million. Next month, the pot will be split across two races – now dubbed the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.

The two races are the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), to be contested 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), to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 mile.

A $1 million bonus is being offered if an owner should win both races.


Among the entries for the 2019 running of the Pegasus World Cup is 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate.

Race-favorite Accelerate held off Gunnevera to win the Classic by a length to give trainer John Sadler his first Breeders’ Cup win since his initial starter 30 years prior. Gunnevera will get his shot at revenge on Jan. 26 as one of the horses confirmed for the Pegasus World Cup.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Audible, who finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby, is also expected to run in the Pegasus World Cup as is Seeking the Soul, Bravazo and True Timber.

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With the format of the Pegasus World Cup switching to two races, the Dubai World Cup will become the single-highest purse for a horse race in the world.

Held each year at the end of the UAE racing season, the 2019 edition of the Dubai World Cup will contain a $12 million purse with the winner taking home $7.2 million.

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