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Pegasus World Cup purse: Main prize money down to $9 million this year

City of Light pocketed $4 million for winning the final race on Saturday

Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The richest horse race in the world is still rich, but it spread the wealth around a bit in the third iteration of the Pegasus World Cup. The total purse of $16 million is now split among the final two races on Saturday, including the addition of a $7 million turf race at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

The main attraction remains the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, headlined this year by Breeders’ Cup champion Accelerate, who finished third. But this year the purse for that race is $9 million, down from $16 million in 2018, with the winner City of Light pocketing $4 million.

The difference in total is made up with the newly-added Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational this year, with a $7 million total purse. Among the horses vying for the $3 million winner’s prize are Yoshida, Catapult, and Aerolithe.

For diluting the purse of the main race, the entry fee for horses was cut this year from $1 million to $500,000.

“The appetite for a turf race is strong and the decision to include a premier turf race is part of the ongoing evolution of the Pegasus World Cup,” said Belinda Stonach, head of The Stonach Group, which owns the race.

In addition to $4 million for the winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the second-place finisher Seeking the Soul netted $1.25 million, down to $200,000 for each of the 10th through 12th-place finishers, per Horse Racing Nation. The total purse for the race is $9 million, down from $16 million in 2018. The inaugural race had a total purse of $12 million.

Pegasus World Cup Invitational payout

Finish Horse Payout
Finish Horse Payout
1st City of Light $4,000,000
2nd Seeking the Soul $1,250,000
3rd Accelerate $900,000
4th Bravazo $700,000
5th Audible $550,000
6th Gunnevera $250,000
7th True Timber $250,000
8th Imperative $250,000
9th Toms d'Etat $250,000
10th Something Awesome $200,000
11th Kukulkan $200,000
12th Patternrecognition $200,000
Source: Horse Racing Nation