In 2021, the Pegasus World Cup continues to be at the forefront of innovating the sport by redefining the guest experience through the implementation of social distancing protocols as well as new health and safety guidelines for riders and spectators. Additionally, this year’s event will once again provide exciting opportunities in North American Thoroughbred racing for horse owners to showcase their equine athletes on two fronts – competing free of any medications on race day and providing the winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational with an automatic entry into the 2021 $20 million Saudi Cup. The medication-free format, for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, is consistent with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards.
The 2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will feature an exclusive pop-up by Swan with food curated by David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality. The VIP experience will feature passed dishes from all of Groot’s famed venues including Swan (Lobster Cavatelli, Mushroom Truffle Risotto), Komodo (Truffle Honey Salmon, Spicy Yellowtail Roll), and Papi Steak (Pastrami House Mustards, Striploin with Papi Sauce). The Pegasus Swan Garden will also include a special preview of Groot’s newest concepts that are set to open in early 2021, including Winkers (WinkRib Sliders, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls), SFC (Chicken Popcorn Bites, Sesame Soba Noodles), and, Toothfairy (Oatmeal Cream Pie, Cosmic Brownie).
Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, 1/ST has developed and implemented industry-leading COVID-19 safety measures at its tracks and facilities across the United States. The 2021 Pegasus World Cup will implement strict social distancing protocols and new health and safety guidelines for riders and spectators. On-premise attendance for this year’s event has been reduced to 20% to allow all guests to socially distance accordingly. Thermal sensing cameras at all entrances check guest temperatures, and masks are required. Cleaning protocols provide regular sanitizing of public spaces, and cashless wagering via 1/ST BET eliminates handling of currency.
The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will be broadcast live on NBC, Saturday, January 23, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00pm EST. Wager with1/ST BET, the official wagering app of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series. #RunWithUs #PegasusWorldCup