Gulfstream Park's upcoming Championship Meet will offer 60 stakes–35 graded–worth $13.6 million. The stakes line up is headlined by the $3-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which will be run Jan. 28, and the $1-million GI Curlin Florida Derby, to be run Apr. 1.
Gulfstream's Jan. 28 card will also include the $1-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and the $500,000 GIII Pegasus World Cup F/M Turf Invitational, as well as four other graded events.
The Florida Derby is the culmination of Gulfstream's series of Triple Crown preps. The series will kick off Jan. 1 with the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man S. and will be followed by the $250,000 GIII Holy Bull S. Feb. 4 and the $400,000 GII Fountain of Youth S. Mar. 4.
The Florida Derby card features 10 stakes, including six graded events.
“This year's Championship Meet will continue Gulfstream's tradition of hosting many of the top horses, horsemen and women, jockeys from around the world, and some of the sport's most spectacular events,” said Aidan Butler, 1/ST RACING. “With races like the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth and Gulfstream Park Oaks–along with the opening of Gulfstream's new world-class turf course–we believe this winter season will be one of the sport's most anticipated and popular meets.”