Pegasus World Cup Odds 2022

Since its debut in 2017, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes has grown in prominence throughout the horse racing community. Taking place annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, it has evolved into a signature event that helps to kick off the yearly schedule of top stakes races.

The next edition of the Pegasus World Cup is set for Jan. 29, 2022. We’ll take a look at what’s to come, the top contenders, what happened last year, and where you can legally and safely bet on the Pegasus World Cup online.

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2022 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes contenders

The field hasn’t been finalized for the first huge stakes race of 2022 just yet, but invites have been issued to a dozen horses.

  • Chess Chief
  • Fearless
  • Ginobili
  • Happy Saver
  • Knicks Go
  • Law Professor
  • Life is Good
  • Olympiad
  • Sir Winston
  • Stilletto Boy
  • Super Stock
  • Title Rady

Knicks Go will be looking to make history with a second consecutive win at the Pegasus. In addition to a win at the last edition of the race, signature victories on the horse’s 2021 resume include wins at the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Whitney Stakes.

Another five horses are currently listed as also eligible: American Theorem, Commandeer, Endorsed, Forewarned, Happy American. We’ll have the official listing of runners and further insight on the entrants as race day draws near.

2022 Pegasus World Cup entries and morning line odds

Last updated: Jan. 18, 2021

Morning line odds for the 2022 Pegasus World Cup will come out in advance of the race. As we wait for the field to get set, here’s a look back at what happened at last year’s edition.

FinishHorseJockey/TrainerOdds
1Knicks GoRosario/Cox5-2
2Jesus' TeamOrtiz Jr./D'Angelo8-1
3Independence HallPrat/McCarthy20-1
4Sleepy Eyes ToddOrtiz/Silva8-1
5Code of HonorGaffalione/McGaughey9-2
6Coastal DefenceLanerie/Romans15-1
7Kiss Today GoodbyeSmith/Kruljac10-1
8Last JudgementLopez/Maker20-1
9Math WizardZayas/Joesph20-1
10TaxSaez/Gargan5-1
11Mr. FreezeVelazquez/Romans15-1
12Harpers First RideCruz/Gonzalez10-1

Here are how the payouts worked out:

  • Knicks Go: W – $4.60, P – $3.60, S – $3
  • Jesus’ Team: P – $8.60, S – $4.80
  • Independence Hall: S – $10
  • $2 exacta: $43
  • $0.50 trifecta: $175.05
  • $1 superfecta: $2,434

2022 Pegasus Turf odds

Last updated: Jan. 18, 2021

We still have to wait for the field and odds for this year’s Pegasus Turf Invitational. Here is what happened at the 2021 edition of the race:

FinishHorseJockey/TrainerOdds
1Colonel LiamOrtiz Jr./ Pletcher7-2
2LargentLopez/Pletcher9-2
3Cross BorderGaffalione/Maker15-1
4Social ParanoiaSaez/Pletcher8-1
5PixelateZayas/Stidham15-1
6Next SharesVan Dyke/Baltas20-1
7Storm the CourtLeparoux/Eurton12-1
8AquaphobiaBravo/Maker20-1
9Breaking the RulesVelazquez/McGaughey10-1
10North DakotaOrtiz/Mcgaughey10-1
11Say the WordPrat/D'Amato6-1
12AnothertwistafateRosario/Miller5-1

And here’s what the payouts for the 2021 edition looked like:

  • Colonel Liam: W – $7, P – $4.20, S – $3.20
  • Largent: P – $5, S – $3.80
  • Cross Border: S – $6.40
  • $2 exacta: $28.20
  • $0.50 trifecta: $96.05
  • $1 superfecta: $1,143.20

Overview of Pegasus Turf contenders

The invitation list for the Pegasus Turf race includes 12 horses:

  • Colonel Liam
  • Flavius
  • Channel Cat
  • Cross Border
  • Doswell
  • Field Pass
  • Hit the Road
  • March to the Arch
  • Never Surprised
  • Point Me By
  • Sacred Life
  • Space Traveller

Colonel Liam is the defending champion and will naturally be considered as one of the favorites. There are four other potential runners currently listed in the also eligible category: Atone, Bob and Jackie,  English Bee, and Law Professor.

2022 Pegasus turf race facts

The Pegasus Cup might get more attention, but there’s a lot to see on race day. Here are some of the key details for one of the biggest turf races of the season.

  • 2022 location: Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Distance: 1 3/16 miles
  • Age qualifications: 4 years old and up
  • 2022 purse: $1 million
  • 2022 race date: Jan. 29
  • Post time: 4:59 p.m. ET
  • Where to watch: NBC
  • Fastest time (1 3/16 miles): 1:51.60, Zulu Alpha, 2020
  • Most wins by a trainer: William Mott, five

Pegasus dirt race facts

The Pegasus World Cup continues to grow in prominence, with continued growth likely in 2022 and moving forward. Here are a few key facts:

  • 2022 location: Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Age qualifications: 4 years old and up
  • 2022 purse: $3 million
  • 2022 race date: Jan. 29
  • Post time: 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Where to watch: NBC
  • Fastest time: 1:46.83, Arrogate, 2017
  • Most wins by a trainer: Bob Baffert, two

How to bet on the Pegasus Cup online

You can wager on horse racing online or via app in most parts of the US, but it’s not legal in every state. The full list of current legal states is available here. As for the best places to play, here are a trio worth checking out:

  • TVG: Year-round fans of horse racing know that TVG is the place to tune in to catch the action from across the US and other parts of the globe. There’s also a highly regarded TVG app and website. It’s a good place to bet on the Pegasus and other top races.
  • TwinSpires: When you hear this name, your thoughts might turn to the iconic Churchill Downs. There’s also a betting platform that uses the moniker, and it happens to be quite good and a preferred spot for many bettors. When big races such as the Pegasus roll around, expect to see some promos.
  • NYRA: Courtesy of the New York Racing Association, NYRA Bets is another popular spot for horse betting. In addition to its home market, NYRA is available in other states. Pegasus races will appear prominently on the betting site, and you’ll often see promos for top events.    

Online betting vs. at the track

You can find plenty of fun when betting in-person at the track or a legal off-track betting site, but it’s tough to beat the convenience of being able to bet on races online. Naturally, that comes with the caveat of sticking to legal and regulated sites that have the approval to do business in your state. Here’s the case for both sides:

  • Online betting
    • Pros: Convenience, ease of use, bet when and how you want.
    • Cons: Limited number of sites and apps when compared to other forms of gambling.
  • In-person
    • Pros: Entertainment, excitement, site amenities.
    • Cons: Travel, crowds, waiting in line.

When betting online, you can log in whenever you want in advance of the race and get your bets in. At the track, there’s the matter of waiting in line for an open cashier or betting terminal. On busy race days with big events such as the Pegasus, there can be lots of standing around as you wait your turn.

Pegasus World Cup history

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes began in 2017. It has taken place annually ever since at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. As an early event, it has evolved into one of the signature events before the Triple Crown season and prep races really begin to pick up steam.

The inaugural purse was $12 million and rose to $16 million for year two, making it the richest horse race on the planet. The prize pool has dropped since that point, but the race continues to grow in popularity. Here are the five winners to date and their times:

  • 2021: Knicks Go, 1:47.89
  • 2020: Mucho Gusto, 1:48.85
  • 2019: City of Light, 1:47.71
  • 2018: Gun Runner, 1:47.41
  • 2017: Arrogate, 1:46.83

Pegasus Turf Invitational history

The Pegasus World Cup Turf Stakes has a long history, with its roots stretching back to 1986. Also taking place annually at Gulfstream Park, it was originally contested at 1 1/16 miles, but the distance has shifted through the years. It’s now a 9 1/2 furlong race that’s open to four-year-olds and up.

The prize pool has also ebbed and flowed through the years, peaking at $7 million in 2019. Jerry Bailey has been the most successful jockey at this race, winning seven times, most recently in 2003. For trainers, it’s William Mott atop the leaderboard with five wins, most recently in 2001. Here are the last five winners:

  • 2021: Colonel Liam, 1:53.09 (1 3/16 miles)
  • 2020: Zulu Alpha, 1:51.60 (1 3/16 miles)
  • 2019: Bricks and Mortar, 1:54.59 (1 3/16 miles)
  • 2018: Heart to Heart, 1:47.64 (1 1/8 miles)
  • 2017: Almanaar, 1:45.63 (1 1/8 miles)
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