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California Chrome final
$12m Pegasus World run
STAMFORD, Conn---California Chrome,
winner of the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness Stakes in 2014 and the win-
ningest North American horse in career
prize money, headlines a star-studded
field in the debut of the $12 Million
Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the
world's richest horse race, from Gulf-
stream Park in Hallandale Beach, Flor-
ida, today at 4:30 p.m. (ET )
California Chrome has seven victories
in his last eight starts. He faces competi-
tion from Arrogate, who won five races last
year including a tight victory over Califor-
nia Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic in
Keen Ice, who upset Triple Crown win-
ner American Pharoah at the 2015 Travers
Stakes, will also run in the race.
Coverage will include a feature on Califor-
nia Chrome, who was bred for just $10,500
and has won more than $14 million on the
If he wins the Pegasus World Cup Invi-
tational, he will have more career earnings
than any horse in the history of worldwide
Stronach hopes to hit jackpot
with world's richest race
Once deemed among the world's 100
most influential people, Belinda Stro-
nach has overseen a 120,000-strong
workforce and survived breast cancer.
Now she has turned her attention to the
"sport of kings" and putting on the world's
richest horse race.
Today's $12 million Pegasus World Cup
will end the two-decade reign of the $10
million Dubai World Cup atop the prestige
The novel concept---the 12 entrants pay
$1 million each for a starting stake, with $7
million going to the winner---ties in with the
wagering side of the Stronach Group racing
empire that created the event.
Stronach, the company's president and
chairman, wants to open up the sport to a
newer generation of racegoers.
"We respect the history as well but we're
trying to modernize it and make it an even
more fun experience," she tells CNN.
In her native Canada, Stronach is more
than just a businesswoman. She had two
stints as a member of parliament, which
spawned a biography of her life whose au-
thor described her as "the perfect storm of
celebrity and politician."
Despite her family background, she is
nonetheless "a little surprised" to find
herself working in the equine world.
Stronach is well versed in racing tradi-
tions. Her father's horses have won two of
the prestigious US Triple Crown events---
the Preakness Stakes, which the family now
owns, and the Belmont Stakes---as well as
the Breeders' Cup Classic, this month rated
the world's top race for the second year in
However, the 50-year-old Stronach wants
to shake up the race-going experience.
"At the end of the day, it's entertainment
and we're competing against so many dif-
ferent forms of it," she says.
"It should be cool and fun. If you, say,
want a Vegas experience, that will be of-
fered, but we're also investing in technology
to make it more accessible."
Stronach is targeting a less traditional
racing audience. Already, the company has
trialed events, inviting 400 young people
to a day at the races at Santa Anita capped
with a gig at the end by top DJ Mark Ronson.
The poker player
The Stronach Group is the largest thor-
oughbred racing operation in North Ameri-
ca. It owns tracks such as California's Santa
Anita and Florida's Gulfstream Park, where
the Pegasus World Cup will take place.
The plan was to bring the world's best
racehorses to Gulfstream -- and the top two
will go head to head this weekend.
It will be another showdown between
top-ranked newcomer Arrogate and the
ever popular California Chrome, who will
run his final race before retiring.
Arrogate won the 2016 Longines World's
Best Racehorse award after chasing down
Chrome in a thrilling finish to November's
Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
A total of 12,000 racegoers are expected to
attend, with the hope being many more will
be watching on TV as it is being televised
in the United States on NBC.
Chrome, winner of the
Kentucky Derby and
Preakness Stakes in 2014.
PEGASUS WORLD CUP
He's A Lad finally makes his reappearance
in the seven-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over
a mile of Lingfield polytrack this afternoon,
it's 207 days since we noted Andrew Balding's
charge making a promising debut fifth on a
'good' surface at Windsor in a competitive,
fast-time, six furlongs sprint won by Kod-
At least SIX winners have come out of that race!
An absence is a matter of indifference with this
yard because Balding is extremely patient and nev-
er sends a thoroughbred to races needing a run;
fitness wont be at issue and on the time-handicap
He's A Lad has a gilt-edged opportunity in what
promises to be an interesting dash round those
'Lingers' is all about speed, getting a decent
'pozzy' and no one better than stable jockey David
Probert, a real 'favourite' in my book, so consistent,
dedicated and, most importantly, he looks the part.
'Probe' could definitely be champion with a
high-profile 'fashionable' trainer but, not sur-
prisingly, he's happy to be 'number one' with
Balding who has backed David since he was ap-
prenticed alongside William Buick all those years
ago. Doesn't time fly?
Hopefully this 'Lad' will and give our column
a 'super-Saturday' with another good-priced
Earlier this week Poyle Vinnie (5/1) and Mum's
The Word (13/2) were 'beauts' which gave DAILY
PATENT backers more than FORTY POINTS profit
as we end January with a bang.
Every month DP rewards readers, why bother
to look elsewhere?
Outstanding ten-year-old course and distance
winners, Many Clouds and Smad Place, are ex-
pected to fully test current Cheltenham Gold Cup
favourite Thistlecrack on Prestbury Park over three
and quarter miles.
In addition to Grand National hero, Many
Clouds, and Smad Place, winner of this race last
season, dual 'King George' scorer, Silviniaco Conti,
is declared; how good is unbeaten Thistlecrack,
winner of the 'World Hurdle' and unbeaten over
fences since being switched?
We will definitely have a good idea about 14.30!
What a fantastic day to relish, enjoy it!
n Cheltenham, 11.15 Many Clouds (e.w)
n Lingfield, 10.50 Thetrioandme (e.w)
n 12.00 He's a Lad (nap).
his rivals at
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