Belinda Stronach (Chairman and President, The Stronach Group) and Groot Hospitality's David Grutman announced their continued partnership for the upcoming Pegasus World Cup that will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at The Stronach Group's South Florida entertainment destination, Gulfstream Park.
The Stronach Group will team up with Groot Hospitality's LIV for the second year, to offer an entertainment experience unlike any other. The highly anticipated return of the trackside club known as the Pegasus LIV Stretch Village (formerly the Pegasus LIV Boardwalk) will feature race day entertainment, celebrities, VIP hospitality, eclectic programming and post-race A-list performances by award-winning rapper Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson, the award-winning DJ & Producer who just won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song on January 6, 2019. The Pegasus LIV Stretch Village will showcase a restaurant row offering bites by Komodo, Swan, Bar Bevy and other local eateries. Tickets to Pegasus LIV Stretch Village are priced at $75 and can be purchased here: https://bit.ly/2zR8JgM/.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with David Grutman again,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “Our focus for the Pegasus World Cup is to deliver an incredible guest experience, one that combines world-class Thoroughbred horse racing with the unique hospitality that you can only find in Miami. In order to engage a new generation of fans we want to offer exciting and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. No one delivers those better than David and his team!”
This year's Pegasus partnership will feature an exclusive Swan & Bar Bevy pop-up in the newly renovated Flamingo Room at Gulfstream Park. The Flamingo Room will be the home of the premier VIP Pegasus World Cup luxury experience, delivering the finest in hospitality and entertainment with panoramic race day views. Guests will be treated to a lavish food and beverage celebration curated by Swan & Bar Bevy, the newest project by David Grutman. Tickets for the Flamingo Room begin at $1,000 per person and are available at www.pegasusworldcup.com.
“The Pegasus World Cup is one of the best horse races in the country so it's only natural that we would partner to create the Pegasus LIV Stretch Village,” said David Grutman. “We can't wait to bring Groot Hospitality's brand of fun to the event. It is going to be epic.”
Since 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has become one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred horse racing calendar, blending entertainment, innovation and horse racing like no other event of its kind, capturing the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world. The Pegasus World Cup offers innovative culinary and cocktail programs, and an updated approach to fashion, technology and entertainment activations designed to treat guests to a modern day race experience.
At the Pegasus World Cup in January 2018, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Olivia Culpo, Prince Royce, Wilmer Valderrama, Post Malone, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Carson Kressley and DJ Ruckus were among the 12,000 guests to witness Gun Runner win the $16 million USD purse. After the race, at Pegasus LIV Stretch Village, Ludacris and Jermaine surprised guests with an impromptu performance of “Money Ain't Thang” before Post Malone took the stage for a full-scale concert. Guests enjoyed gourmet tastings courtesy of KOMODO, an award-winning contemporary Southeast Asian restaurant located in Miami's Brickell neighborhood and several other eateries offering elevated race-day bites.
The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will offer the richest prize in North American Thoroughbred racing with a $16 million purse split between two Grade 1 stakes races. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, will offer a $7 million purse with $3 million awaiting the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), contested at 1 1/8 mile on the dirt, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize awarded to the winner of the twelve-horse field.
Confirmed entrants for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational include 2018 Breeder's Cup Classic (G1) winner, Accelerate, and the 2018 Breeder's Cup Classic runner-up, and hometown favorite, Gunnevera along with the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G2) second place finisher, Bravazo, the reigning Florida Derby (G1) champion, Audible, and the undefeated Kukulkan, Mexico's Triple Crown winner. On the turf, two international fillies, Japan's Aerolithe and Ireland's Magic Wand are among the announced entrants who will complete in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Turf.
To add another layer of excitement to this year's event, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and will be introducing a new race day wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will provide fans with the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. A $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan that hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.
NBC will air a live 90-minute program featuring both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The broadcast will also showcase the Pegasus “blue” carpet, celebrity and live entertainment event elements from Gulfstream Park at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 26, 2019. All coverage will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
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