More than $40 million wagered on record-setting day at Gulfstream
The world’s richest race was won by the world’s best racehorse. Arrogate put on a dazzling display at Gulfstream Park Saturday, where the track set an all-time handle record of $40.217 million on its 12-race program. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), featured 12 horses with each slot sold for $1 million in the inaugural running of the $12 million race.
The handle record broke 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.
Six stakes races led up to the featured race, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, before Arrogate wowed the fans again with a 4 3/4-length victory over Shaman Ghost. The anticipated stretch duel between the world’s top two race horses never materialized, as California Chrome faded near the top of the stretch and never threatened finishing ninth. Arrogate made his move around the far turn and galloped home to glory on the record-setting day.
“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.
The Pegasus World Cup race had over $11.1 million wagered, and much of it was on the 4/5 favorite Arrogate. The day also featured a North American-record price for a general-admission ticket of $100. It was the first time Gulfstream has charged for general admission to the racing acility it opened in 2006.
Additional highlights of Saturday’s wagering included:
* $11,114,341 on the 12th race (excluding multiple-race bets)
* $4,697,843 in win, place, and show pools in the 12th race
* $2,023,813 on the late Pick 4. It paid $102.80 on the minimum 50-cent bet.
* $1,105,296 on the late Pick 5. It paid $342.60 on the minimum 50-cent bet.
* $469,172 on the Rainbow 6. It paid $3,145.34 on the 20-cent only bet, with a carryover in the jackpot wager.
“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.”