The Kentucky Derby paid out $2.4 million in purses to the top finishers in Saturday’s Run for the Roses. For last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, the total purse came out to $4.5 million.
If organizers of the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 are able to convince 12 owners to pony up $1 million each to enter their horses, it will become the world’s richest thoroughbred race: a whopping $12 million.
The 1 1/8-mile race will be for horses 3 years old and up.
The innovative race is the brainchild of horseman Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of the Stronach Group, which owns Gulfstream.
The race comes with some unique rules. According to a statement put out Tuesday by the Stronach Group, “There will be 12 entrants who will pay $1 million each to buy a spot in the Pegasus World Cup starting gate.”
The entrant can then “race, lease, contract, or share a starter, or sell their place in the starting gate. All entrants will not only be competing for the world’s purse, but they will also share equally in 100 percent of the net income from [betting] handle, media rights and sponsorships” from the race.
“The Pegasus World Cup will be held to the highest standards,” Stronach said in a statement, “and will be held on Jan. 28, thereby avoiding a conflict with either the Breeders’ Cup or the Dubai World Cup.”
▪ UM 14, Bethune-Cookman 7: No. 4 Miami (37-9) continued its winning ways late Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field with the blowout victory over Bethune-Cookman (23-24). UM recorded double-digit runs for the sixth time in its past eight games. A night after recording season-high totals in runs (17) and hits (22) at Georgia Tech, Miami had nine players record at least one hit in a 15-hit barrage.
Nova Southeastern brought in another transfer in guard/forward Samantha Logan, who is coming from Cal-State Fullerton.