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2023 Pegasus World Cup: Top Contenders To Look Out For

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes was established in 2017 and is hosted every January. It is a Grade I race on a dirt racetrack over a mile and a half distance and is open to racehorses four years old and up.

This year, the Pegasus takes place at Gulfstream Park on January 28, highlighting the top thoroughbreds worldwide. Last year, the 12 races of the Pegasus World Cup attracted bets totaling $43.8 million, surpassing the previous record set in 2020 by $4.1 million.

In the next few weeks, the speed and agility of a fresh batch of outstanding racehorses will be seen. Hence, let’s get to know the top contenders in today’s Pegasus race to glimpse the horse racing event.


American Thoroughbred Taiba, who was foaled on April 13, 2019, would reach his maturity this year and is one of the top favorites for the Pegasus World cup Horses this 2023. He participated in several Grade I events in 2022, including the Pennsylvania Derby and Santa Anita Derby, which were held at Parx Racing and Santa Anita Park, respectively.

In order to compete in events for Zedan Racing Stables Inc., he was developed by Bruce C. Ryan in Kentucky and was coached by Bob Baffert. Taiba raced at Parx Racing, Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Monmouth Park.

Cody’s Wish

In 2021 and 2022, the four-year-old stud Cody’s Wish competed in races. He is one of the betting favorites for Pegasus this 2023. He was a descendant of Curlin and Dance Card and was raised in Kentucky by Godolphin; William Mott served as his trainer.

He raced at Tampa Bay Downs, Saratoga, Keeneland, Belmont Park and Churchill Downs. Last year, Cody’s Wish won significant races, which included the Westchester Stakes, Hanshin Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Forego.


A three-year-old horse named Simplification made his racing debut in 2021. He was the sire of Not This Time and Simply Confection. He was raised in Florida by Irwin Weiner, and France, where Antonio Sano was his trainer.

Simplification has competed for Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric, and additionally triumphed at Pimlico Race Course, Parx Racing, the Mountaineer, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs. In 2022, he won Fountain of Youth (G2) and the Mucho Macho Man (LS) stakes races.

White Abarrio

Three-year-old racehorse White Abarrio ran in the 2021 and 2022 races, respectively. He was sired by Into Mischief’s Catching Diamonds, and Race Day is his father. He was trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. and fought for Clap Embroidery. Moreover, he was bred in Kentucky, and his sire’s parents were Spendthrift Farm.

Like the horses above, White Abarrio raced and won in significant fields like Thistledown, Parx Racing, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park and Churchill Downs. His best wins include the 2022 Holy Bull Stakes and Florida Derby. 

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From 2019 until 2022, the five-year-old horse Informative ran in different races. He was sired by Bodemeister from the dam Lucky Black and was bred in the United States by John Trumbulovic & Rose Hill Farm. He was raced and trained by Uriah St. Lewis.

Informative has achieved victories at a number of tracks, including Parx Racing, Monmouth Park and Aqueduct. Additionally, he’s run at Thistledown, Pimlico Race Course,  Laurel Park, Belmont Park and Churchill Downs. The Salvator Mile (G3) in 2021 and Philip H. Iselin (G3) in 2022 are Informative’ s notable victories.

Brooklyn Strong

From 2020 to 2022, the four-year-old horse Brooklyn Strong participated in races. He was a product of the mating between the dam Riviera Chic and the father, Wicked Strong. He was bred by Cheryl Prudhomme and Dr. Michael Gallivan in New York and competed for Mark Schwartz. Daniel Velazquez served as his trainer.

Brooklyn Strong has won races at Parx Racing, Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park and Aqueduct. In 2020, he took first place in the Sleepy Hollow and the Remsen Stakes Grade 2 races.

Charge It

Charge It is a three-year-old colt who raced for the first time in 2022. His parents were I’ll Take Charge and Tapit. Whisper Hill Farm in Kentucky bred him, and Todd Pletcher handled his training.

Charge It has raced in events at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park and Churchill Downs for Whisper Hill Farm, winning at Gulfstream and Belmont.


In 2020, Proxy made his racing debut, and he competed until last year. His parents are Panty Raid, his dam, and sire Curlin. He was bred by Godolphin in Kentucky and was race-trained by Michael Stidham for Godolphin.

Proxy is a seasoned racehorse who has won at Fair Grounds and Churchill Downs. He has also raced at Keeneland and Monmouth Park. He won a stakes race during the 2022 Clark Stakes (G1).

In just a few more days, the biggest horse racing in South Florida will return for the seventh time, giving breeders and trainers of thoroughbred horses fantastic opportunities. You can place your wager on the right horse using the list of the favorites and probable challengers for the upcoming Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes.

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