Meet the horses, owners and jockeys in the Pegasus World Cup

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Almost all of the prerace hype for the Pegasus World Cup is focused on the rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate. The fervor was stoked by their duel in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with Arrogate winning by a half-length. Saturday at Gulfstream Park the two top-rated thoroughbreds will reprise their rivalry with $7 million on the… [Read more…]

Field is Drawn for the Inaugural $12M Pegasus World Cup

Gulfstream Park, Race 12, Saturday Jan. 28, 2017
1 1/8 MILES MAIN TRACK,
THOROUGHBREDS, 4 year olds and upwards
GRADE 1 STAKE, PURSE $12,000,000
Post Time 5:40pm ET

1 ARROGATE
2 PRAYER FOR RELIEF
3 NEOLITHIC
4 NOBLE BIRD
5 WAR STORY
6 WAR ENVOY
7 SHAMAN GHOST
8 SEMPER FORTIS
9 KEEN ICE
10 BREAKING LUCKY
11 ERAGON (ARG) -119lbs
12 CALIFORNIA CHROME
13 STANFORD
14 SEA RAVEN
15 MADEFROMLUCKY

California Chrome Primed and Ready for $12M Pegasus Cup

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“He’s cruise control; that’s what I like,” he added. “We hardly ever press him to do anything. He was under hand, and I’m very satisfied with the work.” 

In what was the final breeze of his storied  career on the racetrack, California Chrome worked Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for his swan song, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.

California Chrome, with regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney in the saddle, stepped onto the track at precisely 7:32, on a balmy morning in South Florida. After being backed-up the wrong way for a quarter-mile, Gladney turned the 6-year-old around and began to gallop past the clubhouse, where fans and horsemen looked on in eager anticipation of the final breeze from North America’s richest racehorse.

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

As is California Chrome’s custom, he worked faster than what it appeared. A nearly motionless Gladney guided him through the five-furlong move, which was timed in 58.81, following fractions of 23.66 and 35.12. The 6-year-old galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.41.

On hand for the work was Art Sherman, California Chrome’s 79-year-old trainer, who arrived in Florida late Thursday evening from California.

“I’m feeling great, I said if he went in a 1:00, I would be happy, and galloped out in 1:13,” Sherman said to the media outside Barn 2 following the work. “He went in 58 4/5 and galloped out in 1:12 1/5. He’s ready. That was an awesome work. I thought it was sensational.

“He’s cruise control; that’s what I like,” he added. “We hardly ever press him to do anything. He was under hand, and I’m very satisfied with the work.”

The Pegasus, the world’s richest race, will afford California Chrome the opportunity to have a rematch with Arrogate, who beat him by a half-length in their only meeting, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

“I’ve been wanting a rematch for a long time now,” Sherman now.

Sherman, a former jockey, rode at Gulfstream Park, and saddled one runner here as a trainer in  2004. He was surrounded by a lot of well-wishers as he stood in the grandstand to watch Saturday’s work.

“A lot of memories,” he said. “I rode here when I was a kid. “Of course, it was a lot different. Now I look back and I say ‘Wow, here we are.’ It’s been a great journey. It’s been fun, a lot of fun. I met a lot of nice people throughout the game and I’m enjoying myself.”

One of the perks of training California Chrome for Sherman is seeing the amount of joy the horse has given to his large and loyal fan base, especially those who flock to his home base at Los Alamitos to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

“He has such a following,” Sherman said with a big grin. “I have 20 women coming out from Orange County [for the Pegasus]. They are all ‘Chromies,’ I call them. They have never missed a workout and I work him like at 5:45 in the morning.

“It’s probably been the biggest fan base I have ever seen,” he continued. “I saw a lot of good horses, with this one and that, John Henry and Cigar, but I have never seen so many people love this horse like they do. He’s the people’s horse, I always thought.”

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Arrogate Works For Pegasus World Cup

The official clocking on Arrogate’s special late-morning workout on Sunday was 1:11.94 for six furlongs, but the stopwatch doesn’t tell the whole story.

Source: Arrogate Works For Pegasus World Cup

Arrogate Team buy Pegasus World Cup Spot from Coolmore

The potential rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Pegasus World Cup has moved a significant step closer after Juddmonte entered into a private deal to purchase an place in the $12 million showpiece from Coolmore.

January 28, 2017 is the big race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Arrogate BC 2016 winners circle Source: USA: Arrogate team buy Pegasus place from Coolmore

I Want Arrogate Bad, says California Chrome’s Trainer

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

Chrome wins by 12 lengths and sets Los Alamitos track record

CYPRESS, Calif.—California Chrome’s racing career in his home state finished in the spectacular fashion everyone expected. He won Saturday’s $180,000 Winter Challenge by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos and did it without really trying.

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World’s Richest Thoroughbred Horse Race

Pegasus statue at Gulfstream Park The Stronach Group announced Wednesday that the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup will be held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Jan. 28, 2017, becoming the world’s richest Thoroughbred race.
The Pegasus World Cup is the vision of Frank Stronach, founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group. It will be contested at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. [Read more…]