Pegasus World Cup Gives Canadians First Big Horse Betting Event Of 2022

Written By Dave Briggs on January 25, 2022 - Last Updated on October 3, 2022
Knicks Go winning the 2021 Pegasus World Cup

The man in charge of Canada’s legal horse racing betting platform said there are two reasons he’s looking forward to Saturday’s $3 million (Grade 1) Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

HorsePlayer Interactive’s Klaus Ebner told PlayCanada via email the Pegasus World Cup has traditionally been a well-bet race in Canada.

Ebner, the senior manager of simulcasting and HPI services at the Woodbine Entertainment Group, said the race also falls at a time of year when thoroughbred handicappers have the least number of enticing events. There is no live thoroughbred racing in Canada in the winter.

“With there being a lull in the market at this time of year, (the Pegasus) certainly spices things up and gives the customer something to look forward to,” Ebner said, referring to marquee matchups and a quality day of racing.

Pegasus World Cup historical handle

Gulfstream’s complete Pegasus World Cup card has attracted over $200 million in total wagering in its first five years, counting all-sources handle.

All-sources handle on Pegasus World Cup card by year:

2017 — $40,217,924

2018 — $41,983,881

2019 — $37,786,967

2020 — $41,896,435

2021 — just over $40,700,000

Sir Winston a true Canadian hopeful

On Tuesday, Gulfstream drew post positions for this year’s Pegasus. Woodbine star Sir Winston will carry Canada’s hopes. The Mark Casse trainee used Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto as a launching pad to winning the 2019 Belmont, the third leg of the Triple Crown.

Last year, Woodbine was key to Sir Winston’s comeback after the horse had nearly a year off from the races. In four 2021 starts at Woodbine, Sir Winston won twice — including a victory in the Grade 3 Valedictory on Dec. 5 — and finished second in the other two outings. Lifetime, Sir Winston has pocketed $1,189,873. He earned $156,305 of that last year, racing exclusively at Woodbine.

Sir Winston drew post six in the nine-horse field and was installed as the fourth choice at 12-1 in the morning line odds. Edwin Gonzalez, 29, will ride him.

Pegasus World Cup draw

PostHorseMorning Line
1.Knicks Go6-5
2.Chess Chief10-1
3.Stilleto Boy20-1
4.Life Is Good7-5
5.Empty Tomb20-1
6.Sir Winston12-1
7.Title Ready20-1

Watch it, bet on it

You can watch and wager on the entire Pegasus card in Canada through HorsePlayer Interactive. In the US, TVG is a good option for punters.

The first-race post time for Saturday’s Gulfstream card is 11:30 a.m. (EST). The Pegasus World Cup will go off at approximately 5:45 p.m. NBC will televise the race live in North America from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Past Pegasus World Cup winners

2017 — Arrogate

2018 — Gun Runner

2019 — City of Light

2020 — Mucho Gusto

2021 — Knicks Go

Photo by Marta Lavandier / Associated Press
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Dave Briggs is a managing editor and writer for Catena Media. His expertise is covering the gambling industry in Canada with emphasis on the casino, sports betting and horse racing sectors. He is currently reporting on the gaming industries in Canada and Michigan.

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