Pegasus World Cup  – The World’s Richest Horse Race  

 

Photography By Mark Raynes Roberts

                                                                                                                                                            

The new Pegasus World Cup Invitational is the world’s richest horse race, which was run on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Gulfstream Park, Miami, Florida. The 2017 Breeders Cup Classic champion thoroughbred “Arrogate” won the spoils once again for Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, Owner of Juddmonte Farms Inc., (of Lexington, Kentucky) receiving the $12 million purse and the stunning new crystal trophy created by Mark Raynes Roberts.

 

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Gulfstream Park hosts the inaugural 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, January 28, 2017.

 

 

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The Pegasus World Cup

 

 

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The vision of Mr. Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group and Ms. Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President; this race is poised to take its place as the world’s premier thoroughbred racing event.  Twelve owners have reserved a spot in the starting gate for $1 million USD, and the race is being run over a mile and an 1/8″ on dirt.  The 12 places in the starting gate have been purchased for $1 million apiece and the profits from the entire day will be divided up among the gate owners.  Meanwhile, the $12 million in entry fees make up the race’s purse.

 

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The magnificent bronze Pegasus sculpture located at Gulfstream Park, Florida.

 

Mr. Stronach commissioned world renowned crystal artist and designer, Mark Raynes Roberts, to create the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational crystal trophy, and was inspired by the 110ft tall “Pegasus” bronze sculpture, (the world’s tallest equine sculpture) which Mr. Stronach erected at Gulfstream Park, Florida, (costing a cool $30 million) which is part of his long term strategy to attract a new audience to horse racing.

 

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Crystal Artist and designer Mark Raynes Roberts seen in his studio, contemplates the creation of the Pegasus World Cup crystal trophy.

 

The newly designed trophy created by British born artist, Mark Raynes Roberts, stands 24″ tall and weighs over 100lbs, and combines ten specially cut pieces of optical crystal with a detailed hand-engraved Pegasus.  Based in Toronto, Canada for the past 35 years, Raynes Roberts has established an enviable reputation and global following for his crystal art, and will be present on race day to see the winning Owner receive his trophy from Mr. Stronach, which is also being televised on NBC live from 4.30pm –– 6pm.

 

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Crystal Artist Mark Raynes Roberts begins hand engraving the Pegasus World Cup, with the symbolic image of the flying horse.

 

“I am very proud to have created this prestigious thoroughbred trophy and appreciate the support Mr. Stronach has shown in my crystal art for over 35 years. Mr. Stronach is an extraordinary businessman and visionary, and it is an honour to be part of this new zenith for thoroughbred horse racing in North America” commented Raynes Roberts.

 

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The 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational crystal trophy.

 

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakeholders, together with The Stronach Group, are on the leading edge of an industry game-changing catalyst to modernize the sport and engage a new generation of fans.  The inaugural running of this industry-leading thoroughbred invitational exemplifies The Stronach Group’s commitment to modernizing and elevating the sport of horse racing for the next generation of fans, while providing lucrative opportunities for thoroughbred owners.

 

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The magnificent 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational crystal trophy stands 24″ tall, 12″ wide and weighs over 100lbs. (Detail)

 

 

 

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The 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational crystal trophy, is presented to the winning Owner by Frank Stronach, Founder & Hon. Chairman, The Stronach Group.

 

 

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Trackside on race day at the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, at Gulfstream Park, Miami, with Belinda Stronach, Chairman, of the Stronach Group, and father Frank Stronach, Founder & Hon. Chairman, with the magnificent new crystal trophy created by artist Mark Raynes Roberts.

 

 

Photo courtesy : Kelly Serfoss, Serfoss Productions.

“The trophy is an iconic symbol of the excitement, dedication and ultimate achievement of our sports’ athletes and owners. Befitting of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest Thoroughbred horse race, the grand, unique and multi-dimensional sculpture created by Mark Raynes Roberts, represents a new pinnacle of accomplishment for our fine sport.” commented Belinda Stronach, Chairman, The Stronach Group.

 

 

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Garret O’Rourke is interviewed live on NBC television as Belinda and Frank Stronach present the 2017 Pegasus World Cup to Juddmonte Farms Inc. (of Lexington, Kentucky) owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, in honour of his magnificent thoroughbred “Arrogate” winning the Pegasus World Cup race. Dr. John Chandler and the recognizable silver haired trainer, Bob Baffert, and jockey Mike E. Smith, can be seen on the far left. The hand engraved crystal trophy was illuminated from inside the pedestal, as dusk set in after the $12 million race had been run.

 

 

Mark Raynes Roberts, the crystal artist and designer of the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational trophy, stands alongside his magnificent sculpture with his wife Sarah Hampson, at Gulfstream Park, Miami, Florida.

 

 

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Crystal Artist and Designer, Mark Raynes Roberts with the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational trophy he created. Totally hand-made from optical lens crystal, and intaglio hand-engraved using various shaped diamond wheels to carve the detailed Pegasus on the backside of the crystal disc which weighed 27lbs. There is a sliced 4″ crystal orb attached to the front of the disc which is engraved with the globe. The overall sculpture weighs 110lbs and stands 24″ in height, incorporating ten independent pieces of crystal in the finished design. Frank Stronach, Founder & Hon. Chairman, The Stronach Group, commissioned the Pegasus World Cup trophy, having worked with the artist on other artistic projects for over 30 years.

 

Pegasus World Cup Invitational (Promotional Video) 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ooj2eB4GkU

 

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