2018-2019 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet

The 2018-2019 Championship Meet stakes schedule at Gulfstream Park will feature a record 105 stakes worth a record $29.079 million in purses, headlined by the blockbuster Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, featuring the $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $7-million Pegasus World Turf Cup (G1), the richest stakes on dirt and turf in North America.

The 68th running of the $1-million Florida Derby (G1), the prolific Triple Crown prep race for 3-year-olds, will be run on a March 30 program with seven stakes, four graded.

The third running of the Pegasus World Cup, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and up, was won last year by 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner. The Pegasus Turf Cup, formerly the Gulfstream Park Turf, will be contested by 4-year-olds and up over 1 3/16 miles on turf. The two Grade 1 attractions will be supported by seven stakes, including the $200,000 La Prevoyante (G3), $200,000 W. L. McKnight (G3), the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) and the $150,000 Fred Hooper (G3).

“We’re thrilled to expand the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series into a multi-race event with the addition of a turf race. Entering just our third year, we’re excited about the future of this series and the interest we are getting from horsemen around the world,” Stronach Group Chief Operating Officer Tim Ritvo said. “The Stronach Group will continue to build on our major events as Chairman and President Belinda Stronach continues to think of ways to innovate our sport. With major events like the Pegasus and Clasico Internacional del Caribe, Gulfstream’s Championship Meet is becoming a major influence on the world stage.”

The Florida Derby will again highlight Gulfstream’s heralded program for 3-year-olds. Three of the last six winners of the 1 1/8-mile marquee event have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Florida Derby, which has produced the winners of 59 Triple Crown races, will headline a program with seven stakes worth $2.15 million, including the $300,000 Gulfstream Mile (G2), $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and $250,000 Pan American (G2).

The Florida Derby Weekend will begin Friday, March 29 with four stakes, including the $100,000 Orchid (G3), $100,000 Skip Away (G3) and $100,000 Appleton (G3).

Gulfstream Park paddockThe $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), the key 1 1/16-mile Florida Derby prep race, will top a remarkable program with nine graded stakes worth $1.65 million March 2, including the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) for 3-year-old fillies, $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2), $150,000 Honey Fox (G3), $150,000 The Very One (G3), the $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3), $150,000 Palm Beach (G3), $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) and $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3).

The 3-year-old program will start with the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, a one-turn mile that will be contested Jan. 5. The $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) at 1 1/16 miles will be on the Feb. 2 program that will offer four other graded stakes for 3-year-olds, including the $150,000 Swale (G3) at seven furlongs and $150,000 Forward Gal, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies. The $100,000 Sweetest Chant (G3) for fillies and the $100,000 Dania Beach (G3) will both be contested at a mile on turf.

“This is truly going to be a memorable Championship Meet. There really is a major event every weekend and there will be world-championship racing every day and major events like the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, Florida Derby, Eclipse Awards and, on opening day, the Claiming Crown,” Gulfstream Park General Manager Bill Badgett said. “Once again, Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will have the world’s top horses, horsemen and jockeys. We invite everyone to come out and take part in what will be an incredible Thoroughbred meet.”

The nine-race $1.1 million Claiming Crown, featuring the $200,000 Jewel, will once again open the Championship Meet Dec. 1. The graded-stakes portion of the 2018-2019 stakes schedule kicks off Dec. 15 with five $100,000 graded stakes: the Harlan’s Holiday (G3), Rampart (G3), Sugar Swirl (G3), Tropical Turf (G3) and My Charmer (G3).

The Pegasus Turf Cup will be the centerpiece of an extensive stakes schedule on turf that will offer 33 stakes, 11 graded, during the Championship Meet, not including several starter stakes slated on turf.

Gulfstream will once again offer the best in world-class racing, dining and events throughout the Championship Meet that will run from Dec. 1 through March 31. Along with Pegasus World Cup Day and Florida Derby Day festivities, Gulfstream will roll out the red carpet once again Jan. 24 when it hosts the prestigious Eclipse Awards for the seventh consecutive year. Gulfstream Park will welcome back the $700,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe Dec. 8 after becoming the first facility outside Latin America and the Caribbean to host the program of five stakes for horses from eight Latin American and Caribbean countries, highlighted by the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe for 3-year-olds. The popular Sunshine Millions, featuring the $200,000 Classic, will be held Jan. 19.

The entire schedule can be viewed at: http://gulfstreampark.com/racing/schedules/stakes-schedule

Source: Gulfstream Park

Record Day for Pegasus World Cup

Gun Runner 2018 PegasusPress Release

Gulfstream Park registered an all-sources handle of $41,983,881 Saturday on its second Pegasus World Cup Day, highlighted when Horse of the Year Gun Runner won the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) by 2 ½ lengths over West Coast. Gunnevera finished third.

The $41.983 million handle – a 4 percent increase over last year’s previous Pegasus record handle of $40,217 – is the largest handle in Gulfstream’s 79-year history excluding Breeders’ Cup Days. The day of world-class Thoroughbred racing and entertainment was attended by 16,400.

“The crowd, the entertainment, the fans and of course, our human and equine athletes made this an electric day from early morning into the evening,” said Gulfstream’s General Manager Bill Badgett. “The Stronach Group continues to revolutionize the experience of attending a Thoroughbred race. We want to thank the wonderful fans and horsemen throughout the world. We feel the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will continue to grow, attract and engage even more of the world’s best horses.”

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

Pegasus World Cup 2017It’s today – live on NBC 4:30-6:00pm ET

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

Press Release-

“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.
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