Gulfstream Park set an all-time handle record of $40.217 million Saturday on its 12-race program highlighted by the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), won by Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate.
The record topped the previous mark in Gulfstream's state-of-the-art facility of $32.082 million set last year on the 14-race Florida Derby (G1) Day.
Saturday was highlighted by Arrogate's 4 3/4-length victory over Shaman Ghost. The afternoon included six others stakes races and entertainment by Thomas Rhett and Trombone Shorty. Other celebrities included Vanessa Hudgens, Usher, Maria Menounos, Mike Ditka and Gene Simmons.
“We are extremely pleased with the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup,” said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. “From early morning until late afternoon, Gulfstream was electric. From the amenities to our guests to the blue carpet to the incredible performance by Arrogate, the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational was incredible. We feel we introduced a number of new fans to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and the great entertainment and amenities at Gulfstream Park on Pegasus World Cup Day.
“We want to thank the fans who came out, the horsemen who support our program, and the incredible performances by our human and equine athletes.”
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