The inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park – expected to feature a rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate – is just one month away, but officials with The Stronach Group already are talking about the 2018 edition and beyond.
Mike Rogers, president of the company's racing division, told Thoroughbred Daily News the 2018 renewal could be moved to Santa Anita Park in California, which last month hosted the Breeders' Cup championships, where Arrogate narrowly defeated California Chrome in the $6-million Classic. The race could rotate back and forth between the two Stronach Group-owned tracks, Rogers said.
“Nothing has been confirmed, but, yes, there have been internal discussions about going to Santa Anita next year,” Rogers told Bill Finley, writing for Thoroughbred Daily News. “The ultimate decision will be made by Frank and Belinda Stronach. While a beautiful facility, Gulfstream is a small facility and that has created challenges for us, challenges we are trying to work through. Santa Anita is a much bigger facility and many big events have been pulled off there.”
Rogers said Stronach Group officials and the Pegasus World Cup stakeholders – those individuals who purchased a berth in the starting gate for $1 million – have discussed other potential changes, including lengthening the race from the current 1 1/8 miles to a mile and a quarter.
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