The purse for the 2018 Pegasus World Cup is now 16 million dollars. The guaranteed return for any starter is $550K. Thus far four of the one million dollar slots have been sold. There are twelve available.
The connections of Gun Runner, a likely participant are playing it smart and waiting for the last minute to see if A) their horse is still on his game, and B) what types of deals and offers they can make or get late. Either way you play it the concept is interesting and I think they will get twelve in the gate by race day.
The caliber of the twelve remains to be seen. If Arrogate wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic again will his connections be tempted to go for a repeat in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup? That would certainly make things more interesting.