Pegasus World Cup assigned Grade 1 status
Exaggerator won the Preakness. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
From a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association release
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today it has voted to assign Grade I status to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, formerly the Grade I Donn Handicap, for its 2017 renewal. At its first meeting after the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, most likely in April 2017, the committee will evaluate the 2017 running and nomination process and race conditions for any 2018 renewal.
While the Donn is a Grade 1 race of long standing, questions have arisen about the Pegasus World Cup because restrictions on entry — entry in the race is controlled by the 12 people or groups who pay $1 million for one of the slots — may not strictly meet AGSC criteria.
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