For Horse Race Lovers, Pegasus Brings Big Stakes, Big Bets
Gulfstream Park in Florida, horse racing’s signature winter track, will unveil a classic on January 25—the sport’s first blockbuster card of 2020. It’s the betting equivalent of must-see TV.
Horse racing magic begins Saturday, January 25, with $5 million in purses, headlined by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which will draw top horses from around the world.
A companion jewel, the Pegasus World Cup Turf, supplies an additional cool million. And the card is supplemented by several races with six-figure purses. This dramatically enlarges betting pools for the entire day, and increases interest in the Rainbow Pick Six (the final six races of the day).
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In recent times, individual tracks have sought to corner the market by offering at least one major race, then make the entire day a festival, attracting more customers and creating a betting bonanza.
So, figure on the LaPrevoyante, McKnight and Inside Information races for $200,000 apiece. Many tracks relish the opportunity to present a $200,000 race. There are three of them here, and they’re all on the undercard.
Add the Fred Hooper, South Bend, Ladies Turf Sprint and Turf Sprint events, for $150,000 each.
That’s nine significant races on January 25, geared to attract big fields, multiple wagering combinations and good values. What a day for Gulfstream and the bettors.
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For added measure, Santa Anita brings out the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, Oaklawn has the $100,000 Pippin Stakes and Fifth Season Stakes, and Aqueduct present the Jazil Stakes, at $100,000.
There will be several other major Saturdays in the horse-racing industry throughout the winter and spring. We’ll keep you posted.