Pegasus World Cup Invitational for Horseplayers Debuts in January

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The Stronach Group announced today the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship, a handicapping tournament that will offer a prize pool guaranteed at $300,000 but estimated to be more than $500,000.

Pegasus World Cup 2017The two-day contest will be held at Gulfstream Park on January 26-27 with satellite locations being offered at Santa Anita Park, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields.

The tournament will coincide with the second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the richest horse race in the world, Saturday, January 27.

The buy-in for the live money contest is $12,000. There is no entry fee for on-track players. A $1,000 entry fee for satellite locations will go directly into the prize pool. The prize pool will be comprised of $100,000 each from both The Stronach Group and, 50 percent of net Gulfstream contest commission (estimated at 3.5 percent), and five percent of total contest wagers at Gulfstream and five percent of non-contest wagers from Gulfstream’s Sport of Kings Theatre (contest room).

Cash prizes will be paid down to the top 10 finishers, while the winner will also receive Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) seats. A $1 million bonus will be awarded to the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship winner who goes on to win the 2018 BCBC or NHC.

“The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is an incredible weekend of world-class racing and spectacular events,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group. “The Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship builds on the vision of The Stronach Group to reinvent and reimagine racing. Last year’s inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup was truly memorable. We have no doubt the 2018 Pegasus World Cup will be even bigger and better.”

Players will bet their entire $12,000 bankroll on win, place, show, exacta and trifecta wagers on Gulfstream Park races, with a required minimum bet of $3,000 on The Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Players must also bet a minimum total of four races and $4,000 on Friday and a minimum of four races on Pegasus World Cup Day not including the Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

Players will receive two complimentary VIP tickets in Sport of Kings with lunch.

Players can qualify at and Rules and registration available at

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Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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