Gulfstream Park's Pegasus Day 2023 is here! It's a day full of major competitions in the equine-racing world. There are 9 stakes races planned Saturday, seven of which are graded stakes. The day includes 13 races, starting with an early 10:50 a.m. ET first post time at the Hallandale, Florida race track.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational started in 2017, when Gulfstream was able to get enough sponsors to offer a $12 million purse; at that time the richest horse race in the World. Arrogate, the favorite, won that firts cup race, with Mike Smith under the mount, and Bob Baffert the trainer ($7 million to the winner). The format has changed since then to include higher purses on the "under-card" races, as is the case this year. We like that, as it adds to more excitement for the fans and also horse-men to compete for the $100,000 to $500,000 purses.
For a complete story on the Pegasus Cup Races and carryovers Saturday, surf over the the Gulfstream Park media's article here: https://tinyurl.com/ynp23btn Proxy, at 9:2 Morning Line odds is the favorite from post 1.
This year's field is 13 horses, with Hoist the Gold scratched as of Friday night, but check your wagering source Saturday for changes. The race is 1-1/8 miles on the dirt track for 4 year-olds and up.
Total all-sources handle averaged about $40 million the past 6 years, with 12 races. The 13 race-card Saturday should surpass that we reason; $43.87 million handle at the 2022 Pegasus.
In Friday's Gulfstream racing action, 83 horses entered the gates for 10 races. Just two favorites won on the day, and thhigh odds win was 9:1 in race 10. The popular Rainbow 6 paid $3,082.88 to 31 winners on a pool of $170,682. So Saturday will enter the carryover of $601,851. Gulfstream announced earlier this week the planned mandatory payout on the Rainbow 6 for Sunday, Jan. 29th, so it will be interesting if the jackpot can be taken down a day early, on Pegasus Day, Saturday.
Good Luck wagering !
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HorseRacing FLA staff