There is only one way for an owner to enter a horse in the Pegasus World Cup. They must pay an entry fee of $1 million to hold down a place in the race. The list of owners for 2017 were:
- Adena Springs
- Starlight Pegasus Partners
- Ronald Frankel & Gerald Frankel
- Dan Schafer
- Mack, Fostock and Brown
- Reddam Racing LLC
- Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Randy Hill & E Young
- California Chrome
- Rosedown Racing Stables
- Ruis Racing LLC
- James Mcingvale
Each shareholder can submit two entries for the race. A horse who was pre-entered and does not draw into the Pegasus World Cup will be able to compete in the newly formed Poseidon Stakes. This race will be run over the same distance and will have a purse of $400,000.
We can make an estimate as to who the main contenders for this year’s race will be. There will always be a betting angle when it comes to analysing the Pegasus World Cup.It is never too early to start studying the form.
Leading Pegasus Cup Contenders
The reigning champion will be returning to retain his crown. He has had a tough 2017 with a few defeats. But is hoping to regain his Breeders Cup Classic crown. If he does this he will surely be the horse to beat in the Pegasus. Before retirement surely beckons.
- Gun Runner
Last year he was unable to run in this race which was a big disappointment to all the connections. He has been beaten by Arrogate several times but has look better than ever this year as a 4-year-old. It would make for a fascinating contest if Arrogate and Gun Runner bounded down the stretch together.
- West Coast
I’d be surprised if this son of Flatter got to control the pace of the Breeders’ Cup Classic like he did in the Travers. If he runs well in the Classic, he would deserve to line up in this race.
Lowered the colors of Arrogate on his most recent start in the TVG Pacific Classic in a thrilling finish where Martin Garcia managed to hold on from the front. Garcia set slow fractions before quickening the tempo down the back stretch which looked to leave Arrogate flat footed. Collected managed to hold on as Arrogate finally got into stride and closed the gap towards the wire. Once again it will be interesting to see if Collected can replicate that form in the classic. If he can he has every right to be competing in the Pegasus World Cup.
- Classic Empire
- Keen Ice
- Mor Spirit
The only way to be wagering on the Pegasus World Cup in 2018 is on TVG.com. One thing is for sure, the Pegasus World Cup will be a fascinating contest and may the best horse win.