FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26th, 2023
NBC SPORTS’ 2023 HORSE RACING COVERAGE BEGINS WITH $4.5 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP SERIES THIS SATURDAY LIVE AT 4:30 P.M. ET ON NBC AND PEACOCK
90-Minute Broadcast to Feature $3 Million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and $1 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1)
Ahmed Fareed to Anchor Coverage with Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, Britney Eurton, Matt Bernier, and Nick Luck
Program to Feature Live Performance by Kygo and OneRepublic
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 26, 2023 – NBC Sports begins its 2023 horse racing coverage with the first major event of the year, the $4.5 million Pegasus World Cup Series, from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., this Saturday, Jan. 28, live at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. In its seventh year, the Pegasus World Cup Series includes the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1).
The 2023 Pegasus World Cup field features multiple Grade 1-winner and 2022 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) second-place finisher Cyberknife, who is the morning-line favorite at 5/2. Also expected to compete in the 12-horse field at 1 1/8-miles on the dirt are 2022 Florida Derby (G1) champion White Abarrio and 2022 Awesome Again (G1) winner Defunded, who is trained by two-time Pegasus World Cup champion Bob Baffert.
The 12-horse field of this year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf includes 2022 Fort Lauderdale (G2) winner City Man, 2022 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) fourth-place finisher and 5/2 morning-line favorite Ivar, and 2022 Hollywood Derby (G1) champion Speaking Scout.
Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday’s coverage alongside analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, analyst Randy Moss, reporters Britney Eurton and Nick Luck, and handicapper Matt Bernier.
NBC Sports will also present highlights of the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3) during the 90-minute program, which will be run earlier in the day on Saturday. In addition to world class racing, the Pegasus World Cup is a special race day that combines the fusion of celebrity attendees, fashion, and entertainment. This year’s event includes a live performance featuring musical artists Kygo and OneRepublic. Joe Jonas will give the ‘Riders Up’ command.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via authentication, giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING
NBC Sports is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.
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