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First Pegasus World Cup highlights Gulfstream Park meet

First Pegasus World Cup highlights Gulfstream Park meetHorses taking aim on the Kentucky Derby typically hog the spotlight at Gulfstream Park, which has a rich history of producing Triple Crown racing stars. But that’s about to change. When the track kicks off its 77th meet on Saturday, much of the buildup will be directed toward a brand new race — the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 — that could turn out to be a whopper.
 
“No one has ever put on a race like this in the history of the sport,” said track general manager P.J. Campo, adding that the  1 1/8-mile super race for older horses “will be historic.”
 
That’s not just hype.
 
With a $12 million purse, the Pegasus World Cup will be the richest horse race ever. The winner’s share: $7 million.
 
No wonder that horses such as California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, is expected to take part, along with an expected field of 11 other challengers with flashy résumés.
 

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