This. Is. Huge. The inaugural running of the world’s newest, richest race now has an official date in the history books. On January 28, 2017, the Pegasus World Cup will be run at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The 9 furlong event is a stakes where each of a possible 12 entrants must put up $1 million for a place in the starting gate! Entrants are also entitled to share in net income from handle, media rights, and sponsorship. Several owners and connections have already been talked to about entering a horse in the Pegasus, and it may be the finale for that horse who won the former “world’s richest race” this year, the Dubai World Cup, California Chrome. Pegasus Park at Gulfstream is home to the world’s biggest statue of a… pegasus fighting a dragon.
Here’s a great photo I took of Animal Kingdom entering the paddock. He’s really a beautiful horse, just the way he walks you can tell he knew that he was there to boss things up. He ran a terrific race, although Point Of Entry beat him to the wire. But that’s okay because I cashed in a nice trifecta ticket because of that!!
Shot yesterday: Lea & Joel Rosario winning the Grade I $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Lea beat Will Take Charge (see the last photo) and also broke the track record for 1 1/8 miles, ran it in 1:46.86
I think the horse that made me get into horse racing was Barbaro. I was fairly young when watching his races. I cried so much when I found out he was put to sleep. I see Edgar Prado all the time at Gulfstream, now and I constantly cheer him on.
Animal Kingdom was full of vigor running in an op-claimer at Gulfstream Park yesterday, all in preparation for his goal race, the Dubai World Cup (I). He looked like a pitbull dragging its owner by the leash roaring down the backstretch, pulling hard to get at the lead. He won with an added kick at the end, by 2 lengths under a hand ride. He’s back, and the only Derby winner to win his first time out as a 4-year-old since Gato Del Sol in 1984.
Point of Entry won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap today over Animal Kingdom. In my opinion, this horse is VERY good, perhaps the best in the world at his game, heading the top class of American turf horses we’ve had in a very long time. Even more exciting is his potential to contribute an excellent pedigree and stamina influence to the American breeding industry once he is retired.