One of North America's richest horse races returned to Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 23, drawing in an A-list crowd for a day of luxury and racing.
This weekend, Miami’s most well-heeled ladies and best-dressed gents came out to celebrate the highly-anticipated, annual Pegasus World Cup, which took place at Gulfstream Park, presented by 1/ST, who transformed the scene into a socially-distant entertainment experience that safely welcomed 1,500 fans to the race.
Acclaimed as one of North America's richest horse races, the day did not disappoint as Knicks Go, owned by Korea Racing Authority and ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, took home the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) prize. Colonel Liam, owned by Robert and Lawn Low and ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., took home the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1). Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, 1/ST, presented the winners with stunning crystal trophies provided by the official trophy partner, Baccarat. The winners were also presented with rings to commemorate the occasion from local Miami jeweler BooDaddy Diamonds.
The Swan Garden pop-up served up some of Groot Hospitality’s most beloved dishes from hot spots including Komodo, Swan and Papi Steak, as well as a first taste of the group’s upcoming openings: Sushi Fly Chicken, Winker’s Diner and Toothfairy. VIP guests dined on the delectable bites and sipped cocktails from picturesque tables flanked throughout the space and lounged in the outdoor viewing area, which gave attendees a front-row seat to all the action of the race. In the Gulfstream Park’s Flamingo Room, 1/ST teamed up with Red Rooster Overtown to provide a delicious menu of Southern Classics.
Notable attendees included Belinda Stronach; former NBA player and New York Nets Assistant Coach Amar’e Stoudemire; Groot Hospitality Founder David Grutman and his wife, Isabela Rangel Grutman; rapper Tyga; supermodel Jasmine Sanders; NHL Hall-of-Famer Denis Savard; DACRA CEO and President Craig Robins; food influencer, Foodgöd; Terra Group CEO David Martin and his wife, Christy Martin; Myles, Dana and Gary Shear; socialite Marysol Patton; David ‘Papi’ Einhorn; artist Bradley Theodore; fashionista Suzy Buckley Woodward; amongst many others.
To make the experience all the more accessible and socially-distant, 1/ST presented the 1/ST BET application, where event attendees were able to take part in an easy wagering experience, with total handles topping $40.7 million dollars.
Carrying out its mission to prioritize the health, safety and care of Thoroughbred racehorses, Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series made a $50,000 donation to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, rounding out the glitz and glamour of the day to give back to a wonderful cause.
Photography by: Gulfstream Park: Knicks Go, winner of the 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational
Getty Images: Tyga, Purple; Isabela Rangel-Grutman, Jasmine Sanders and Belinda Stronach, Chairman & President, 1/ST
Manny of Miami: Yelena Vologina, Suzy Buckley Woodward, Yuliia Faist