The Stronach Group’s $16 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational attracted a record crowd of more than 10,000 fans, featuring the ultimate combination of sport, technology and entertainment. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is a bold, new entertainment event that has captured global attention as it leads North American Thoroughbred horse racing back into the spotlight. By creating the world’s richest race, The Stronach Group is on a mission to attract the best horses and owners from around the world, in turn offering fans a chance to experience horse racing like never before.
Guests included, Belinda Stronach (Chairman & President, The Stronach Group); Pharrell Williams; Lenny Kravitz; Olivia Culpo (Actress/Model, Miss Universe 2012 Winner); Wilmer Valderrama; Post Malone; Ludacris; Jermaine Dupri; Prince Royce (Singer / Songwriter); Danielle Bernstein (@WeWoreWhat); Carson Kressley (TV Personality); Blaine Trump (philanthropist); Caroline Vreeland (Singer / Actress); Rashard Lewis (Former NBA Player); Nic Roldan (Professional Polo Player); Brian Poli-Dixon (Former NFL Player); David and Isabela Grutman;Petra Levin (Philanthropist); Ellen Salpeter (Director, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami); Craig Robins (CEO, DACRA); Ingrid Hoffman (TV personality and restaurateur); among others.
Champion Gun Runner, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm, ridden by Jockey Florent Geroux and trained by Steve Asmussen took home $7 Million in winnings. Beginning a new tradition, Belinda Stronach presented the winning owner, jockey and trainer each with the first ever Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Ring. Commissioned by The Stronach Group and created by local celebrity jeweler Christopher Petrillo (also known as “Boodaddy” of Boodaddy Diamonds), the 18K yellow gold Championship Ring is inspired by the iconic Pegasus statue at Gulfstream Park and boasts over 3.5 carats of VVS round brilliant cut diamonds, valued at $50,000. Each ring was made by hand from start to finish taking over 150 hours to complete.
This year, The Stronach Group partnered with David Grutman to present the Pegasus World Cup Invitational LIV Boardwalk Village Pop-Up that provided guests with a unique, themed, entertainment experience. Grutman recreated his world-renowned, high-energy events at Gulfstream Park on race day that included a performance by Post Malone and Ludacris and a set by DJ Ruckus. Guests enjoyed gourmet tastings courtesy of KOMODO (an award-winning contemporary Southeast Asian restaurant located in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood), Planta (an innovative plant-based restaurant opening soon in South Beach), OTL (a modern counter serve with chill vibe serving sandwiches, salads & baked goods in Miami’s Design District) and Adena Grill (a steakhouse located in Gulfstream Park featuring grass-fed meat sourced from The Stronach Group owned Adena Farm).