Big Changes for the 2020 Pegasus World Cup

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By Emily Shields

The rich Pegasus World Cup Championship will have a very different look this year as changes were announced for the 2020 running, to take place at Gulfstream Park on January 25.

The $9 million race – which included a rich buy in for all entrants – has been lowered to $3 million with no buy in required. The World Cup Turf has gone from $7 million to $1 million. Entries for both races will still be by invitational only.

The other change is that all horses will be required to race medication-free, meaning no race-day Lasix. That is a move consistent with racing around the globe, but is a change from regular racing in the United States.

Additionally, two percent of the purses for both races will be donated towards Thoroughbred aftercare. The hotly debated topic has gained a lot of traction in recent years, with more attention being driven towards what Thoroughbreds can do in their second careers once retired from racing, or even third careers when they are done breeding.

The Pegasus World Cup has been a successful experiment for Gulfstream Park, with Arrogate defeating California Chrome in the inaugural running, and then Gun Runner rolling to victory in 2018. Last year, City of Light defeated Accelerate in both of their final career starts. Bricks and Mortar won the very first Turf, and is now one of the front runners for Horse of the Year.

The Pegasus World Cup and undercard races will be available live on TVG, as well as all the prep races for it including the Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita December 26.

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