2023 Pegasus World Cup Betting Odds
The 2023 Pegasus World Cup has finished. Head to the Chelteham Festival for the next exciting horse race!
Current Favourites To Win The 2023 Pegasus World Cup
The betting odds for the 2023 Pegasus World Cup have yet to be been revealed but a few favourites should be considered as strong candidates in the race.
It is worth noting that four of the last five winners of the Pegasus World Cup have won either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on their last start.
The outcome of both those races in early November will have a big influence on who becomes favourite for the sixth Pegasus World Cup in January 2023.
|1||Knicks Go||6/5||Bet Here!|
|2||Chess Chief||10/1||Bet Here!|
|3||Stilleto Boy||20/1||Bet Here!|
|4||Life is Good||7/5||Bet Here!|
|5||Empty Tomb||20/1||Bet Here!|
|6||Sir Winston||12/1||Bet Here!|
|7||Title Ready||20/1||Bet Here!|
Pegasus World Cup Odds, Updated: March 2023
Knicks Go (6/5) – 2021 Pegasus winner, Knicks Go currently heads the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting market and were he to win that race at Del Mar then he would be a short-priced favourite for a second success at Gulfstream Park.
With less than a fortnight to the big race, the hugely talented, globetrotting superstar Knicks Go is being heavily backed to repeat last year’s facile victory. Yet, given the recent handle for Todd Pletcher’s 4 year old Life is Good, it would not be surprising if this colt goes off as favorite. One of the outsiders proving popular with bettors to make the frame is Plainsman at +2500.
Horse racing in the US today remains a hugely popular betting medium, with over $10 billion wagered on US horse racing in 2020.
The Triple Crown races – Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes – as well as the Breeders’ Cup all attract huge audiences and attention on an international scale and are the biggest betting heats.
However, in recent years one race can be added to that list – The Pegasus World Cup. Here we look at the race in detail and how to approach it from a betting perspective.
The Pegasus Cup Details
The Pegasus World Cup is a Grade 1 stakes race run over one mile two furlongs on dirt at Gulfstream Park, Florida in January each year.
The race was first run in January 2017, and at the time held a purse of $12 million, meaning it surpassed the Dubai World Cup as the richest race on the planet.
|Date||01/29/2023 – 12:00 PM|
|Location||Gulfstream Park, Florida|
|Race Type||Thoroughbred – Flat Racing|
|Distance||1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Four-year-olds and up|
|Weight||124 pounds (56kg)|
|Purse||$3 million (2023)|
|Previous Winner||Knicks Go|
That year Arrogate strode to victory, following up his Breeders’ Cup Classic success from two months earlier.
After his win in the Pegasus, Arrogate went on to land the Dubai World Cup in March of that year, a feat that proved the new Pegasus World Cup’s ideal positioning in the international racing calendar.
The purse rose to $16 million in 2018 but has since been reduced to $3 million, with the prize money being spread across other races at the same meeting.
Betting Strategy For The Pegasus World Cup
The Pegasus World Cup holds Group 1 status meaning it is not a handicap, and so one of the best ways of finding value in the market is to look at past trends.
Follow The Breeders’ Cup Form
While the Pegasus World Cup is a new race in the US calendar, it is notable that four of the five renewals have been won by horses that had won at the Breeders’ Cup meeting on their previous start.
Two of those – Arrogate and Gun Runner – had won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and two – City Of Light and Knicks Go – the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
They look at the key form races to assess before having a bet in the Pegasus World Cup.
A Low Rraw Is An Advantage
In four of the five Pegasus World Cup held so far, there have been 12 runners and on one other occasion, 10 went to post.
In those five races horses that were drawn in stalls 1 to 5 finished in the first three home 60 per cent of the time. This highlights the importance of a low draw and inside run in the Pegasus.
If a horse is drawn wide unless they have very quick breaking speed from the stalls, it’s likely they will find themselves on the outside of the field and covering more ground, as well as a kickback, than those from lower stall numbers.
In 2018 Gun Runner defied this bias after displaying exceptional early speed from stall 10, which left him in second place around the first turn.
Look For Value In The Place Market
As there is such a strong form line between the Breeders’ Cup and the Pegasus World Cup, horses that have won at the earlier meeting and take their chance at Gulfstream Park often dominate the betting market as short-priced favourites.
In the last five years, three favourites have emerged victorious at prices of 9/10, 11/10 and 13/10. The other two winners returned at no bigger than 17/5.
However, rather than backing these types of favourites at short odds or trying to get them beat by backing something else, you could always look at the place market.
In the last few years, this looks to be where the value has been in the Pegasus betting market, as horses have been placed at odds of around 34/1, 28/1, 23/1, 20/1, 16/1, 14/1 and 12/1.
While the odds of these runners to place (rather than win) would have been significantly less than those above, a bet placed on them would still have returned more than a win bet on the favourite.
Notable Winners At Pegasus World Cup
In only five renewals, the Pegasus World Cup has seen several impressive performances from some brilliant racehorses.
Arrogate ensured the first inaugural running attracted plenty of attention. Bob Baffert’s mighty grey was sent off as the 9-10 favourite and there looked to be only one possible outcome as he cruised up on the outside of pacesetter Neolithic on the home turn.
From there it was only a case of rider Mike Smith pushing Arrogate out to the line, to score by the best part of five lengths.
In 2018, Steven Asmussen’s Gun Runner was given a textbook ride from Florent Geroux as he burst from the stalls from wide draw in 10 to sit on the quarters of the leader.
He eased to the front before the home turn, before showing great tenacity to hold off the challenge of Bob Baffert’s West Coast in the straight. As Arrogate had done a year earlier, Gun Runner backed up a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was then retired to stud.
A year later the conditions at Gulfstream were sloppy after heavy rain, but that proved a little deterrent to the City Of Light, whose silks remained clean as he was given a prominent ride before storming clear in the straight.
Michael McCarthy’s runner had won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on his previous start and in the Pegasus got the better of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and favourite Accelerate.
Mucho Gusto provided Bob Baffert with his second Pegasus World Cup winner in 2020 when winning under Irad Ortiz Jr. Owned by Saudi Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, he then went on to finish fourth in the first running of the Saudi Cup, the newly established richest race in the world.
Knicks Go was to finish in the same position in the Saudi Cup a year later, after claiming victory in the Pegasus of 2021. The Brad Cox trained colt made all the running under Joel Rosario and never looked like being caught on the front end as he was eased down at the finish to win by over two lengths.
Popular Horse Racing Bets
For any horse race, the type of bet you place is an important consideration. This is because every race market is different, due to the number of horses running and the odds of those horses.
Knowing the best bet to place in different circumstances can improve your chance of winning.
Here are a few common horse racing bets.
A bet placed on one horse in a race. There are different types of straight bet: win, place, and each-way bets.
There are two types of forecasts: a straight forecast and a reverse forecast. With a straight forecast, you select two horses to finish first and second in a race.
They must finish in the correct order to win the bet. With a reverse forecast, the two horses can finish in any order.
There are also straight and reverse tricasts. A straight tricast challenges you to predict the first three horses in a race in the correct order. A reverse tricast means your three selections can finish in any order.
The 2023 Pegasus World Cup has finished. Head to the Saudi Cup for the next exciting horse race!