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The Richest Race in the World

Kira Glass

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Jockey Tyler Gafflione on Fear the Cowboy

 

Twelve gleaming, tense, and muscled thoroughbreds cram into the starting gate. Tension in the crowd rises as thousands of necks craned and fixed their eyes on the competitors.

“The horses are in the gate,” said the announcer, “and they’re off!”

The Pegasus World Cup is a recent addition to the American thoroughbred racing business. The first running was on January 28, 2017. With a purse of $16 million, the race passed the Dubai World Cup ($10 million) and took the title of the “World’s Richest Race.” The race was a distance of 1 1/8 miles and only lasted about a minute.

This year’s race was highly anticipated by many people all over the country. The big event brought politicians, musicians, and entertainers together.

Celebrity appearances included Pharrell, Lenny Kravitz, Florida Governor Rick Scott and many other recognizable faces.

“I was standing right outside of the winner’s circle, and Pharrell was 10 feet away,” said Jeremy Castro.

A total of 14 horses competed for the winning title, yet two horses scratched leaving 12 to run. The entry fee for participants is a whopping $1 million, but for the owners that isn’t a problem. Big names in the business such as Bob Baffert, Chad Brown and Nick Zito made entries.

“You have to prepare for it, you have to study all the horses in the race and develop a plan from there,” said Tyler Gafflione who placed fourth with Fear The Cowboy.

The favorite for the race was the Breeder’s Cup Classic’s winner, Gun Runner. Jockey Florent Geroux rode Gun Runner to the finish line to win the race. Placing second was West Coast ridden by Javier Castellano, and making third place was Gunnevera ridden by Luis Saez.

After the excitement of the big race, a VIP after party was held. Tickets were sold for $70. The party included a performance by Post Malone and Ludacris.

Next year’s race is being counted down till, with even more excitement and famous faces to come.

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