For horse racing fans, 2021 is going to be a hugely exciting year. They can enjoy famous races like the Grand National, the Royal Ascot, and the Kentucky Derby, etc. And even in January, these racing enthusiasts and punters can revel in the Pegasus World Cup, which offers some of the best betting opportunities to everyone.
The Pegasus World Cup began in 2017 but has already gained the attention of a huge majority of people. It takes place every year in January at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and offers huge prize money.
1- Red Rum’s victory over Crisp in 1973 Grand National
The 1973 Grand National provided one of the best spectacles to all horse racing fans. Crisp was easily dominating the game, even though he was carrying the highest amount of weight, and his victory looked almost inevitable when he reached the second to last fence with 20 lengths lead in hand.
However, his competitor that day was the legendary Red Rum who hadn’t given up yet. His pace was so incredible that he caught up with the Fred Winter-trained horse before he reached the last fence. The amazing Red Rum went on to beat his opponent by a ¾ length in what was one of the best races of all time. The Ginger McCain-trained horse didn’t stop there and claimed two more Grand Nationals.
2- Mine That Bird shocked everyone at the 2009 Kentucky Derby
No-one was excited when Mine That Bird entered the 2009 Kentucky Derby. His chances in the race didn’t look great and he was given 50-1 odds by the bookmaker. To make matters worse, the ground was left soggy due to overnight rain.
Mine That Bird made a terrible start and found himself about eight lengths behind the rest of the field very early. However, once the American Thoroughbred racehorse found his feet, he became unstoppable.
His pace was so outstanding that he managed to take a 6 ¾ lengths lead within the final half-furlong and easily claimed victory. After this monumental upset, he became enormously famous in the history of the race.
3- Arkle’s first Cheltenham Gold Cup
Arkle and Mill House were regarded as the best racehorses of their period. Therefore, the anticipation was humungous when it came to be known that the two would face each other in the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Both horses put all their efforts to provide the best spectacle to all the horse racing fans. For the majority of the race, Mill House remained ahead with a slight lead, however, Arkle left him behind by the final stages and ultimately won easily by five lengths.
Arkle immortalized his name in British horse racing history by winning two more Cheltenham Gold Cups. His Timeform rating was 212, which is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser.