Pegasus World Cup 2019

Going into its third year of existance, organizers continue to tinker with the format of the Pegasus World Cup, to be held at Gulfstream Park at Hallendale, Florida on January 26, 2019.

When it was launched in 2017, the Pegasus laid claim as the richest horse race in the world, offering a total purse of $12 million. Under a unique format, owners were required to purchase one of the 12 starting spots in the gate at a cost of $1 million, which they could then use to run one of their own horses or offer to another owner in partnership.

While the basic format remains, for 2019 the total purse has been reduced to $9 million. At the same time, a second, similar race has been added for turf horses called the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational race that will offer a purse of $7 million.

The Pegasus World Cup is run at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, while the Pegasus World Cup Turf is run at 1 3/16 miles. 


Pegasus World Cup Future Bets 

Long before the gates fly open for the Pegasus, you can get excellent betting value at Bovada’s racebook with a future bet on the top contenders and long shots.  

Pegasus World Cup Odds

As of early December, Bovada is offering future bet odds on 14 different horses for the Pegasus World Cup, including 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate. With the field limited to 12 starters, obviously not all of these horses will run, but here’s a look at each possible starter with Bovada odds.

Pegasus World Cup Favorites

Accelerate (+350) 

  • Trained by Bob Baffert, who won the inaugural 2017 Pegasus with Arrogate, he’s coming off a near-perfect 2018 season in which he won six-of-seven races and was second in the other. He took command at the top of the stretch in the Classic and and won easier that the one-length finish would suggest.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Very high

Accelerate To win the Pegasus World Cup Odds

City Of Light (+500)

  • Unraced at the age two, he only made his graded-stakes debut one year ago when he won the (G1) Malibu Stakes. He’s been in the money in six starts since then with three more wins, and his wire-to-wire win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was one of the most impressive performances of the 2018 BC.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Very high

Audible (+650) 

  • Third-place finisher in the 2018 Kentucky Derby has had some health problems, but came off a long layoff to win the Cherokee Run Stakes in early November. He’s had a couple good workouts in late November but would likely need a tune-up race prior to the Pegasus. 

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Moderate

Catholic Boy (+1000)

  • Winner of the (G1) Travers Stakes in August, he has been on the shelf since running a disappointing 13th in the BC Classic. While the 1 1/8 miles Pegasus might be bit shorter than he likes, at his best he belongs with these top contenders.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Moderate

Diversify (+1000)

  • Winner of the (G1) Whitney Stakes earlier this year, he ran a poor fifth next out in the (G1) Jockey Club Gold Cup at the end of September and has not raced or recorded a workout since. 

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low

Gunnevera (+1000)

  • Third in the 2018 Pegasus – although more than 12 lengths behind the top-two finishers – he doesn’t win a lot but is usually a factor, as he was in running second in the BC Classic at odds of 30-1. Gulfstream is his home track.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: High

McKinzie (+1100)

  • One of the early favorites for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, he missed that race with an injury. He can be given a bit of an excuse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as he pressed a very fast pace early before fading to 12th, but he still needs to prove he can run with the very best here.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: High

Pegasus World Cup Long Shots

Yoshida (+1200)

  • Japan-bred colt has Grade 1 wins on both turf and dirt, but it seems the grass is a better surface for him, and he could be a good candidate at lower odds for the Pegasus Turf Invitational. 

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Moderate

Catalina Cruiser (+1600)

  • After starting his career with four consecutive wins, he was one of the biggest busts at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, being badly outrun as the heavy favorite to finish sixth in the BC Dirt Mile, more than 17 lengths behind City Of Light. 

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low

Seeking The Soul (+1800)

  • Fifth in the 2018 Pegasus, he’s had a very erratic career, with only six wins in 24 lifetime starts, but with 17 in-the-money finishes. He has a Grade 1 win on his resume from 2017, and was second in the BC Dirt Mile behing City Of Light.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: High

Promises Fulfilled (+2500)

  • He had a very good latter half of 2018 with three consecutive wins before running fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, the Pegasus distance is further than he wants to run. 

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low

Hofburg (+4000)

  • Lightly raced three-year-old still has room for development and did run third in the 2018 Belmont Stakes, but he has yet to score a win at the graded-stakes level and probably needs more distance for his best.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low

Pavel (+5000)

  • It looked like he made a breakthough in 2018 in winning the (G1) Stephen Foster Handicap but was then blown away by Accelerate in the (G1) Pacific Classic, ran 10th in the BC Classic and 15th in a stakes race in Japan.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low

Gronkowski (+5000)

  • As much as NFL football fans want to have hope, besides passing a lot of tired horses on his way to running second in the 2018 Belmont he hasn’t done anything to show he belongs with the best horses on this list.

Chance of running in the Pegasus: Low