Gulfstream's Pegasus World Cup to include limited attendance

Gulfstream's Pegasus World Cup to include limited attendance
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Gulfstream Park, where attendance is currently limited to owners and essential personnel, is selling a limited number of tickets for the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational on Jan. 23. 

From a Gulfstream Park press release issued Thursday:

"In 2021, the Pegasus World Cup continues to innovate by redefining the guest experience with limited, socially distanced ticket offerings for every race day enthusiast.

"From the action of the Grandstand to elegant dining in Ten Palms to the luxury of the Flamingo Room and Suites, guests will enjoy a day of world-class Thoroughbred racing excitement and gourmet food and hospitality in safety. Reserved seating tickets and packages range in price from $100.00 - $1,150.00+."

Tickets can be purchased online at

Gulfstream noted "attendance for this year’s event has been reduced to 20% to allow all guests to socially distance accordingly."

Safety protocols will include thermal sensing cameras at all entrances to check temperatures and regular sanitizing of all public places. Masks are required.

From the release:

"Evolving into a Championship Invitational Series featuring two Grade 1 (G1) stakes races, the Pegasus World Cup in 2021 will feature a combined $4 million purse. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, run on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, offers a $3 million total purse. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, offers a $1 million purse. 1/ST entirely provides the $4 million total purse contribution."

This year's Pegasus races will again be contested Lasix-free, which Gulfstream ownership noted "is consistent with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards and reflects the commitment that 1/ST, along with other major racing organizations and associations, made in April 2019 to eliminate Lasix in all graded stakes races in 2021."

The 2021 Pegasus series will be broadcast by NBC Sports from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Eastern. 

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