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Audiences around the world will witness the world’s richest race as the best compete for an unprecedented $16 million USD
HBA Media have partnered with The Stronach Group to distribute international media rights to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational to be held January 27, 2018, at The Stronach Group’s premier Florida destination, Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is the vision of The Stronach Group founder, Frank Stronach, and is a bold, new entertainment event that has captured global attention as it leads North American Thoroughbred horse racing back into the spotlight. By creating the world’s richest race, The Stronach Group aims to attract the best horses and owners from around the world, in turn offering fans a chance to experience horse racing like never before.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is open to twelve domestic and international owners who will put in $1 million USD each for a spot in the starting gate. An additional $4 million USD will be contributed by The Stronach Group, raising its inaugural $12 million USD purse to an incredible $16 million USD in 2018.
“The Stronach Group is thrilled to be partnering with HBA Media once again to bring the Pegasus World Cup Invitational to an international audience,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group. “The inaugural year was an exciting moment, and we are building on that momentum so viewers can expect an unforgettable entertainment experience.”
HBA Media is the established leader in the promotion of horse racing to the sports media industry and provides rights and distribution services to some of the world's most prestigious races.
Henry Birtles, Managing Director of HBA Media said, “We are so pleased to once again be partnering with The Stronach Group to distribute the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Last year, we distributed the race worldwide to over 120 territories, across a host of networks and in 2018 we hope to bring the race to an even wider audience."
In 2017, Arrogate, the current winner of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings, claimed the largest share of the $12 million USD purse and became The Pegasus World Cup Invitational’s first winner.
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For further information on the international purchase of rights to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational please contact HBA Media or visit www.hbamedia.tv .
There is no doubt that the attentions of the racing world were focused on one horse this weekend, and he did not disappoint. Described by Bob Baffert as the ‘greatest horse since Secretariat’, Arrogate was nothing short of sublime in his victory in the Dubai World Cup.
After falling out the gate and trailing the field on the rain soaked Meydan track in Dubai, Arrogate put in the most impressive of displays under a cool ride by Mike Smith. He guided the four-year-old past his 13 rivals, one by one around the outside, and stretched clear in the home straight. In under a year, Arrogate has gone from an unraced three year old, to a four time Grade 1, and US $17 million dollar, winning horse.
Dubai World Cup Day proved to be a truly international affair, with American, French, British, Irish and Japanese horses all notching up Group success on the US $30 million card. The weekend’s Group racing wasn’t confined only to Meydan though, with Turffontein, Chukyo and Kranji also hosting high profile fixtures.
Internationally renowned trainer Mike De Kock had two runners on the dirt of Meydan, and whilst neither could earn a place, back in his native South Africa he was successful in the Oaks Trial with Belle Rose. Domestic success dominated the Turffontein card, where five top class races were staged. Three of those five races went the way of jockey Gavin Lerena, who himself is building an international reputation, enhanced by his International Jockeys Championships success representing South Africa at Sha Tin in December 2015.
Domestic prominence was also evident in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan, where international rider Mirco Demuro was beaten into third on favourite Red Falx by Let’s Go Donki (Yasunari Iwata) and winner Seiun Kosei (Hideaki Miyuki). Fellow European rider, Andrasch Starke, could only manage a 12th place finish in the race. Mirco has made Japan a second home, since becoming the first non-Japanese jockey to win the Japan Derby in 2003, he’s not been short of success in Japan and that looks set to continue through 2017. Mirco claimed the first Japanese Grade 1 of the season, and his 19th Japanese Grade 1 success, winning the February Stakes aboard Dubai World Cup runner Gold Dream.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Singapore was the venue for two Group 3 races; Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint and Rocket Man Sprint. The latter has been renamed in 2017 to honour the first Singapore-trained horse to have claimed an international Group 1 race. It’s perhaps fitting that Rocket Man has been honoured with this race that took place on the same weekend as the renewal of his Group 1 conquest, the Dubai Golden Shaheen. This year’s winner, Lim’s Cruiser, is now 2 from 2 in Group races and hasn’t finished out of the places in his six starts.More Group racing from South Africa and Japan follows later this week, as flat racing returns to the turf tracks of the UK. HBA offers international rights and distribution services to some of the world’s most prestigious races. Contact us for more information by email at email@example.com or call +44(0) 1666 822769.o