Maximum Security invited to Pegasus World Cup race
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.
— Horse of the Year finalist Maximum Security used to be one in every of 17 horses officially invited on Sunday to compete within the Pegasus World Cup Invitational later this month at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up and McKinzie additionally earned an invitation, as did Eclipse Award finalist Omaha Beach. Maximum Security is an Eclipse finalist in two classes and used to be first around the line eventually yr’s Kentucky Derby sooner than being disqualified for interference.
Past Pegasus runners Seeking The Soul, War Story and True Timber had been additionally invited, as used to be 2018 Preakness runner-up Bravazo.
The different invitees for the $three million race on Jan. 25 come with Gift Box, Higher Power, Magic Wand, Math Wizard, Mr. Freeze, Roadster, Spun To Run, Tax, Mucho Gusto and Diamond Oops.
The box is predicted to be lower to 12 via the tip of the week.
Magic Wand could also be invited to run within the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, additionally to be held Jan. 25. Eclipse Award finalist Mo Forza is on that checklist of 17 as smartly, together with Arklow, Channel Cat, Henley’s Joy, Instilled Regard, Next Shares, Sadler’s Joy, Starship Jubilee, United, Without Parole, Zulu Alpha, Sacred Life, Admission Office, A Thread Of Blue, Mr. Misunderstood and Lucullan.
Magic Wand used to be 2d within the Pegasus turf race remaining yr, at the back of simplest Bricks and Mortar — the most probably Horse of the Year when the Eclipse Awards are introduced at Gulfstream on Jan. 23.
The Pegasus World Cup races would require horses to be medication-free on race day for the primary time and can have considerably decreased handbags from the former 3 editions of the development.
The Stronach Group, which operates Gulfstream, introduced the numerous adjustments to the handbag construction and race regulations remaining month. Entry charges, which were up to $1 million for previous runnings of the Pegasus, shall be waived.
The inaugural Pegasus in 2017 used to be then the sector’s richest race, providing a $12 million handbag to homeowners who publish $1 million for a place within the box. The handbag went to $16 million in 2018. And remaining yr, the turf race used to be added, so handbags went to $nine million for the filth race and $7 million at the grass.