Another Week in the Sport of Kings

August 30, 2019

Since its 2017 inception the $9 million Pegasus World Cup (Grade 1), for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, has attracted the sport’s biggest stars including 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, 2014 and 2016 Horse of the Year California Chrome, 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate, and Mexico’s undefeated Triple Crown winner Kukulkan.

Last year’s inaugural running of the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) attracted an international field including Japan’s Aerolithe and Ireland’s Magic Wand. The initial pegasus World Cup Turf was won by Horse of the Year candidate Bricks and Mortar.

The $1 million Florida Derby (Grade 1), has produced 44 starters who have gone on to win 59 Triple Crown events and will be part of a Derby Day with seven stakes, four of them graded with total purses of $1.950 million. One of those four stakes will be the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade 2), the 3-year-old filly counterpart to the Derby.

All in all The Championship Meet, which has attracted the world’s top horses, horsemen and jockeys since 1939, will have 98 stakes races, including 39 graded, for total stakes purses of $28.6 million.

Prior to Gulfstream South Florida horsemen are bracing for Hurricane Dorian and what impact it may bring.

It seems Churchill Downs has not applied for a casino license for Arlington Park. This brings the future of this beautiful facility and home of the Arlington Million into question.

On September 1st, 2019 Indiana Grand Racing and Casino announced they will launch Sports Wagering.

Always check with Past the Wire for the latest in the sport of kings.

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