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The Stronach Group's $16 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational was held on Saturday, January 27, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, in front of a record crowd of more than 10,000 fans, among them some of Miami's most notable.
"The 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational was everything we hoped for and more", said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. "It brought together an energetic and diverse crowd, that combined thousands of new fans with our traditional fan base for a day of world class entertainment and Thoroughbred horse racing like no other."
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).
The 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be back on January 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Photos by WorldRedEye