Pegasus World Cup from the eyes of major trainers


Major trainers are looking to horns with each other as the Pegasus World Cup nears. Many of them are yet to decide on their prized assets, but their intention remains clear. Bob Baffert is yet to select his trump, and one can expect him to show his hands by the next month. Bob has the luxury to bring any one or two to saddle in the World Cup Invitational and World Cup Turf. Todd Pletcher has fixed his eyes on Audible, who brought him success in Florida Derby(G1) and Holy Bull(G2). He also has the option of bringing in Hi Happy who was phenomenal in the Man o’ War(G1) and Pan American(G2).


Chad Brown, veteran of the 2018 Pegasus has expressed his desire to have horses in both the editions. Bob remains optimistic about how Pegasus is quickly rising through the ranks and turning out to be a mega event every year. The money is handsome, and Bob believes the World Cup turf would bring an international flavour to it. Brown, who had a great run in Saratoga feels the miles and distance made a lot more sense after the incorporation of the World Cup Turf. Pletcher would love to see European and International runners make a run for it.


Pletcher took the example of Gun Runner, the defending champion, and how Pegasus could play a major role to the build up to more something significant. Pegasus gives a good purse to horses who haven’t been around the corner. Pletcher seemed elated and is of the opinion that Pegasus could be considered as a success. Pegasus’s biggest success was to attract not only fans, but superstars and celebrities alike.


Dubai World Cup and Pegasus both offer such huge money and the races are long enough to keep the audience glued to their seats. The entertainment side of horseracing has yet to reach its peak, but Pletcher feels Pegasus has a lot more to offer. Pletcher was all praise when speaking of the time when he saddled Arrogate, and how he managed to spent time at Belinda’s tent with Post Malone. Pletcher felt the audience at the Pegasus are a lot different than the conventional ones. He feels the ambience surrounding the tournament has piqued, and the heads behind Pegasus are moving at the right direction. Brown revealed that there are few prospects he would like to get into, but his primary goal is to keep his horses up and ready for the courses.