HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Much has been made of the fact on both sides of the Pegasus purse reduction. The overarching concern was the effect it would have on field quality.
Of course, this is not entirely knowable since in previous years there was no competition from the newly created Blood Money Invitational. People have sold out for far less than $20 million.
The last time a big race was run in America was on November 2, 2019. The Breeders’ Cup Classic drew 11 horses, one the mare Elate. All but one were Grade 1 winners and four of those were restricted by either sex or age.
With the Saudi and Dubai Cups looming, as well as the 2020 mating season, the Pegasus World Cup Invitation in the last–or first–big dance of the season.
Surely, $3 million, even in the Age of the Deficit, remains considerably more than chump change.
The 2020 Pegasus has drawn a full field of 12:
1–TRUE TIMBER 20-1 K McLaughlin J Bravo
2–TAX 12-1 D Gargan J Ortiz
3–DIAMOND OOPS 20-1 P Biancone J Leparoux
4–SEEKING THE SOUL 30-1 D Stewart J Velazquez
5–OMAHA BEACH 7-5 R Mandella M Smith
6–HIGHER POWER 6-1 J Sadler F Prat
7–WAR STORY 30-1 E Dobles J Rosario
8–MR. FREEZE 30-1 D Romans L Saez
9–SPUN TO RUN 7-2 J C Guerrero J Castellano
10–MUCHO GUSTO 9-2 B Baffert I Ortiz Jr.
11–TENFOLD 30-1 S Asmussen T Gaffalione
12–BODEXPRESS 30-1 G Delgado E Jaramillo
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