The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and the Florida Derby will highlight Gulfstream Park’s 2020-2021 Championship Meet, which that begins Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will offer a total of 75 stakes, including 41 graded-stakes, worth $13.06 million in purses.
Entering its fifth year, the Pegasus World Cup Championship Series has attracted champions Arrogate, Gun Runner and California Chrome as well as 2019 winner City of Light and international sensations Aerolithe, Kukulkan and Magic Wand.
Pegasus World Cup Day falls on Jan. 23 and will feature seven stakes, all graded, worth $4.8 million, led by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) for 4-year-olds and up going 1 3/16 miles on the grass.
Florida Derby Day will take place March 27, anchored by the $800,000 Florida Derby (G1), a classic prep race won last year by Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law.
The 1 1/8-mile Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a day of 10 stakes, six graded, worth $1.95 million in purses. Among the graded events is the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), the Derby’s 3-year-old filly counterpart, won in 2020 by Swiss Skydiver, who became only the sixth filly in history to capture the Preakness Stakes Oct. 3.
The Derby is the culmination of a diverse stakes schedule for 3-year-olds during the Championship Meet, which kicks off with the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man on Jan. 2 and continues with the $200,000 Holy Bull (G3) and $100,000 Swale (G3) on Jan. 30, the $350,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 27, and the $100,000 Hutcheson (G3) on March 6.
Sophomore fillies also have a lucrative series on dirt to target, anchored by the Gulfstream Park Oaks and preceded by the $100,000 Cash Run on Jan. 1, the $100,000 Glitter Woman on Jan. 2, the $100,000 Forward Gal (G3) on Jan. 30 and the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) on Feb. 27.
Gulfstream’s 3-year-old turf stakes include the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3) and $100,000 Sweetest Chant (G3) on Jan. 30, the $100,000 Palm Beach (G3) and $100,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) on Feb. 27, and the $100,000 Cutler Bay and $100,000 Sanibel Island on March 27.
Among the major events scheduled for Gulfstream’s turf course are the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) on Dec. 12, the $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3) on Jan. 9, the $150,000 W. L. McKnight (G3) on Jan. 23, the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) on Feb. 13, the $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) and $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) on Feb. 27, and the $200,000 Pan American (G2) and $100,000 Appleton (G3) on March 27.
Graded turf stakes for older fillies and mares include the $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3) and $150,000 La Prevoyante (G3) on Jan. 23, the $100,000 Suwannee River (G3) on Feb. 6, the $150,000 Honey Fox (G3) and $150,000 The Very One (G3) on Feb. 27, and the $100,000 Orchid (G3) on March 27.
For the ninth consecutive year, Gulfstream will play host to the $835,000 Claiming Crown on the meet’s opening Saturday, Dec. 5. The Claiming Crown, composed of nine stakes races, is highlighted by the $200,000 Jewel.
Florida-breds will be in the spotlight once again on Jan. 16 with the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Day program, featuring the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.
The Championship Meet stakes schedule can be viewed at gulfstreampark.com/