FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS $4 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL SERIES THIS SAT., JAN. 23 LIVE AT 4:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Host Ahmed Fareed Joined by Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, Britney Eurton, and Matt Bernier
Show Includes Two JockeyCams in Each Race & Special Performance by Musician Aloe Blacc
NBC’s Live Coverage of the 2021 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will be streamed on NBCSports.com & the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 21, 2021 – NBC Sports presents horse racing’s first major event of the year, the $4 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida this Saturday, Jan. 23, live at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, will break from the #4 post and will be joined in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) by Code of Honor (9-2), who placed 2nd in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, and Tax (5-1), who won the G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream in his last start. Headlining the 1 3/16th mile Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) is the Todd Pletcher-trained Colonel Liam, and the California-based Anothertwistafate.
In its fifth year, the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will include the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), to be contested by the expected 12-horse field on the dirt at 1-1/8 miles, and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1). The horses in both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will compete free of any medications on race day this year. The medication-free format was introduced by 1/ST RACING for the 2020 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and reflects 1/ST HORSE CARE’s ongoing commitment to horse and rider safety and care.
Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., alongside analyst Randy Moss. Hall of Fame jockey and analyst Jerry Bailey will join the broadcast remotely from his home in Florida, and reporters Britney Eurton and Matt Bernier will report on-site from Gulfstream Park.
Saturday’s broadcast will feature helmet JockeyCams on two riders during each race and will provide a thrilling “second screen experience” giving fans at home a real-time view of what it is like to be a jockey riding in two of North America’s richest Thoroughbred horse races.
The broadcast will also showcase the Pegasus “blue” carpet, and celebrity and live entertainment event elements from Gulfstream Park. The show will feature a special performance by musician Aloe Blacc, and local singer and America’s Got Talent semifinalist Yoli Mayor will sing the National Anthem.
NBC Sports Audio on SiriusXM channel 211 will carry live coverage of the event.
All coverage will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.
About The Stronach Group and 1/ST
The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment 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, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, 1/ST LIVE 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 drives the best-in-class horse racing operations 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, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center (Florida); the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Rosecroft Raceway and Bowie Training Center (Maryland). 1/ST CONTENT is the newly formed operating group for all of 1/ST’s media and content companies including: Monarch Content Management, Elite, 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 LIVE blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality by delivering uniquely curated events such as InfieldFest and Pegasus LIV Stretch Village. 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.