Art Collector Wins the $3 Million Pegasus World Cup (GI) presented by Baccarat
Atone Wins the $1 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf (GI) presented by Qatar Racing
Queen Goddess Wins the $500,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Filly & Mare Turf (GIII) presented by Pepsi
Record-Setting $43.9 Million Wagered on the 2023 Pegasus World Cup
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- 1/ST's 2023 Pegasus World Cup presented by Baccarat took place in front of 10,000 fans on Saturday, January 28 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. NBC returned as the official broadcast partner of the 2023 Pegasus World Cup with live coverage of the event, including a live set by OneRepublic and Kygo, who performed their collaboration - "Lose Somebody."
Art Collector, owned by Bruce Lunsford, ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Bill Mott, won the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (GI) presented by Baccarat. Bruce Lunsford connections were presented with the Baccarat Pegasus Championship Trophy by Belinda Stronach, Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer and President, 1/ST and Miriam Vales, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Baccarat – presenting sponsor and Official Trophy Purveyor of this year's event.
Atone, owned by Three Diamonds Farm, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Mike Maker, won the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (GI) presented by Qatar Racing. Queen Goddess, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Wellman) and Gary Barber, trained by Michael W. McCarthy ridden by Luis Saez, won the $500,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GIII) presented by Pepsi. The winning owners, trainers and jockeys from the three championship races were presented with Pegasus World Cup Championship Rings, designed by local Miami jeweler BooDaddy Diamonds. Pommery provided champagne for the winners' toast.
The 2023 Pegasus World Cup presented by Baccarat hit a record-setting handle with $43.9 million wagered on the 13-race program, surpassing the previous 2022 record-setting handle. 1/ST BET, the official betting app of the event, offered guests at the racetrack and those watching around the United States with the opportunity to analyze, wager and watch the 2023 Pegasus World Cup from the palm of their hand.
Celebrities and notable attendees included Joe Jonas (International Pop Icon, Song-Writer & Actor) who gave the "Riders Up" command, OneRepublic (Band), Kygo (DJ and Producer), Maluma (Artist), Venus Williams (Athlete), Ella Balinksa (Actor), Guerdy Abraira (Reality Star), Kiki Barth (Reality Star), Amanda Kloots (Actor), Alix Earle (Influencer), Chantel Jeffries (DJ), Camila Coelho (Influencer), Kevin Liles (Producer), Xandra Pohl (DJ), Griffin Johnson (Tiktoker), Sam Eguavoen (Athlete), Kelly Parker (Athlete), Eugenie Bouchard (Athlete), Justin Jesso (Singer), Reilly Opelka (Athlete), Nick Fortes (Athlete), River Viiperi (Model), Hannah Selleck (Equestrian), David Grutman, Isabela Grutman (Model), Frank Walker (Artist, Music Producer & DJ), Nicole Walker (Vice President, The Stronach Group & Champion Equestrian), and Brian Poli-Dixon (Artist & Former NFL Player), among others.
1/ST tapped Groot Hospitality's LIV for a trackside takeover of Gulfstream Park's Carousel Club. LIV with Palm Tree Crew curated a uniquely Miami experience featuring top-tier entertainment, celebrities, VIP hospitality, programming and performances by OneRepublic and Kygo, as well as a surprise performance by Joe Jonas who performed "Dancing Feet" and the DNCE hit "Cake By The Ocean" while sharing bags of Rob's Backstage Popcorn with the crowd. Groot Hospitality restaurants Komodo, Papi Steak, Key Club and Gekkō served Carousel Club guests trackside as they enjoyed beverages by Pepsi, Whispering Angel, the official rosé of the 2023 Pegasus World Cup, and Tequila Don Julio Primavera, the official tequila partner of the 2023 Pegasus World Cup.
In the Flamingo Room and Private Luxury Suites, guests delighted in cuisine by Groot Hospitality's newest hotspots Gekkō and The Key Club, alongside signature offerings from Komodo, Papi Steak and Swan. Guests enjoyed a live performance by Brian Newman, the iconic jazz vocalist and trumpeter who is currently the bandleader and arranger for Lady Gaga's Jazz & Piano Las Vegas residency show, who also performed the ceremonial "Call To Post" live on NBC. Dr. Barbara Sturm hosted a pop-up Glow Suite in the Flamingo Room for VIP attendees.
Sardelli Italian Steakhouse served guests in the Ten Palm's VIP Lounge, who also enjoyed an experience in the pop-up Davidoff Cigar Lounge.
Presenting sponsor Baccarat – French luxury brand and purveyor of handmade crystal - returned as the Official Trophy Partner. Championship trophies were presented to the winners of both the 2023 Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf. The trophies are handcrafted, rearing Pegase Horses – French for 'Pegasus' – in clear and black crystal, standing over twenty inches tall. In true alignment with Pegasus, these Baccarat trophies are the ultimate symbols of power, joy, light and energy. Inspired by Greek mythology and embodying the expertise of Baccarat, the Pegases' movement and exceptional size are masterfully captured, and originate from a single block of crystal. Cut by a master craftsman for over 90 hours, these sculptures, created by Allison Hawkes in collaboration with Baccarat, are also incredible feats of design and precision. Struck by light, these works of art reveal the muscles of the prancing Thoroughbreds. The Black Crystal Pegase, valued at $45,500, was presented to the winner of the Pegasus World Cup. The Clear Crystal Pegase, valued at $39,000, was presented to the winner of the Pegasus World Cup Turf.
Transportation partner Brightline provided guests with a new way to get to and from the 2023 Pegasus World Cup via their new Aventura station.
Additional 2023 Pegasus World Cup partners included, Seminole Gaming and MyRacehorse.
Race day fashion featured looks by Pegasus World Cup Off To The Races Fashion Show partners Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops and Shapoh.com.
Broward County Mayor Micheal Udine declared January 28, 2023, Pegasus World Cup Day and presented the proclamation to 1/ST RACING & GAMING Chief Executive Officer, Aidan Butler.
This year, 1/ST executives and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance committee and board members, Nicole Walker, Vice President, The Stronach Group and Aidan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING, presented the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) with a check for $50,000 immediately following the running of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Filly & Mare Turf.
Follow Pegasus World Cup at www.pegasusworldcup.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @PegasusWorldCup #PegasusWorldCup #AllForOne.
The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment, media, content and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core. The company's consumer facing brand 1/ST (pronounced "First") powers The Stronach Group's forward-thinking 1/ST RACING & GAMING, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, 1/ST EXPERIENCE, and 1/ST PROPERTIES businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST HORSE CARE mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group's continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred horse racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST RACING & GAMING drives the best-in-class horse racing operations and gaming offerings at the company's premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Downs (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course - home of the legendary Preakness Stakes and Rosecroft Raceway (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is the operating group for 1/ST's media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, TSG Global Wagering Solutions (GWS) and XBTV. 1/ST TECHNOLOGY is horse racing's largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix brands. 1/ST EXPERIENCE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through elevated national and local venue management and hospitality, strategic partnerships and sponsorships. 1/ST PROPERTIES is responsible for the development of the company's live, work and play communities surrounding its racing venues, including: The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland). As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST HORSE CARE represents The Stronach Group's commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred horse racing on and off the track. For more information, please visit www.1st.com or follow @1ST_racing on Twitter or @1stracing on Instagram and Facebook.
ABOUT GROOT HOSPITALITY
Groot Hospitality is a Miami Beach, Florida-based collective of top restaurants, bars, cafés, nightlife ventures and hotels. Officially formed in 2018 by David Grutman, the company is a forerunner in its field. The group creates entirely unique atmospheres of upscale dining, luxe decor, marquee entertainment and highly shareable moments. The group-wide goal is that all guests enjoy an unforgettable escape into Groot's vibrant, dynamic world.
Current Groot Hospitality properties include: The Goodtime Hotel, the nightclubs LIV and Story, the restaurants Gekkō, Komodo, The Key Club, Papi Steak, Strawberry Moon and Swan. At both the Goodtime Hotel and Swan, Grutman is partners with the multi-hyphenate musician and producer Pharrell Williams – the pair will also open their first resort, Somewhere Else on Atlantis Paradise Island, in 2024. Grutman is also partners with the recording artist and actor Bad Bunny on Gekkō. Multiple other projects are in the pipeline, including an expansion plan that will bring Groot Hospitality to cities worldwide.
Ultimately, Groot Hospitality delivers one-of-a-kind outings across its locations and activations. By further programming the company's physical spaces with an immersive, 360-degree approach — including a focus on headline performances and social media vignettes — we consistently provide our patrons with an experience that is high-energy, high-impact, and highly memorable.
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Vanessa Menkes Communications
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