Nine Of Twelve Slots Sold For 2018 Pegasus World Cup

The Stronach Group will purchase three of the spots in the starting gate for the 2018 Pegasus World Cup; only nine were sold by the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, according to

“We still think there will be 12 in the race,” said TSG’s Tim Ritvo, adding that the plan is to continue to market the other three slots to last-minute additions to the race.

Last year, a number of international connections were unsuccessfully courted by The Stronach Group, including many in Japan. In that case, officials indicated that connections chose not to participate primarily due to a misunderstanding about the format of the race.

The Pegasus is a 1 1/8-mile dirt race scheduled for Gulfstream Park on Jan. 27. A purse structure change for 2018 means that each slot-holder is guaranteed a return of $650,000 on their $1 million entrance fee to the race. The Stronach Group added $4 million to sweeten the total purse to $16 million, meaning that the actual money “up for grabs” is $8.2 million.

The owners and probable connections of the nine spots in the starting gate are as follows:

  • Gun Runner’s ownership group (Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm) officially purchased a slot in the starting gate on Thursday
  • Gary and Mary West purchased a slot for Travers and Pennsylvania Derby winner West Coast
  • Speedway Stable bought a slot on behalf of Pacific Classic winner Collected
  • The slot owned by Dean Reeves will be filled by Al Shaqab’s Toast of New York
  • Ron Paolucci ran War Story in last year’s edition, and will either enter him again for 2018 or run his stablemate Game Over
  • The slot owned by Coolmore Stud could likely be filled by Stellar Wind; the group purchased her at Keeneland November and she is currently in training with Chad Brown in Florida
  • William Gallo and Bella Inizio Farm, explained by a release to be partners in the ownership of a slot, reached a deal with the connections of Gunnevera to run the Antonio Sano trainee in the Pegasus
  • Frank Stronach himself owns one spot in the gate, though it is unknown what horse might occupy that start
  • Charles Fipke reportedly purchased a spot in the starting gate just before the deadline on Friday; he will likely start homebred Clark Handicap winner Seeking the Soul, as Distaff winner Forever Unbridled is no longer under consideration for the race

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