SOUTH FLORIDA, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Conor McGregor, the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two championship belts, was tapped as the '13th Jockey' for The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world's richest Thoroughbred horse race. For McGregor to become the '13th Jockey' and conquer the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, The Notorious had a lot of training to do! He had to get to know his way around the stables, train like a jockey, bond with a horse and learn how to ride, all of which were filmed for a series of four short comedic films. The four short films will be released via Pegasus World Cup Invitational social media channels on January 4th, 11th and 18th with the final episode airing live on the NBC race day broadcast on January 28th beginning at 4:30pm EST. The Stronach Group teamed up with Frank Coraci who directed the shorts and enlisted actor & comedian Jon Lovitz to co-star as McGregor's trainer. McGregor, Lovitz and Coraci filmed in December at The Stronach Group owned Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California. Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, attorney, Bloom Hergott LLP, who represents both McGregor and Lovitz, assisted The Stronach Group in bringing the two A-listers to this project.
"The Stronach Group is thrilled to be working with Conor McGregor to introduce The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Sport of Kings to a new generation of fans," said Belinda Stronach, Chairman & President, "Conor is a natural athlete, showman and now, a jockey!"
The inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be held at The Stronach Group's premier destination, Gulfstream Park in South Florida on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 and will surpass the Dubai World Cup as the world's richest Thoroughbred horse race. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is restricted to 12 horses that will compete for a record setting $12 million USD purse. Tickets for The Pegasus World Cup Invitational are available online at www.pegasusworldcup.com.
Fans worldwide are encouraged to take their share of the world's richest Thoroughbred horse race by entering for the chance to win $1,000,000 USD in the Pegasus Win-Win Contest, www.pegasusworldcup.com/win.
Link to Download Episode 1 of Pegasus World Cup Invitational's '13th Jockey' https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7ospkp9tee47xaw/AAD3JkVIDJ4YcDdlsf2cGtxja?dl=0
'13th Jockey' Credits
Producer: The Stronach Group
Director: Frank Coraci
Legal: Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, Bloom Hergott LLP
Jockey: Conor McGregor
Trainer: Jon Lovitz
Location: Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia, California
The Stronach Group
The Stronach Group (TSG) is an industry leader in world-class horse racing, entertainment and pari-mutuel wagering technology. Within our portfolio of racing and gaming businesses, TSG holds some of the greatest brands in the industry including; Santa Anita Park, "The Great Race Place"; Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness Stakes®; Gulfstream Park, one of Florida's newest entertainment destination centers featuring a casino and outdoor retail village; Laurel Park; Golden Gate Fields; and Portland Meadows; and also includes industry leading pari-mutuel technology subsidiaries AmTote and Xpressbet. For more on The Stronach Group, visit www.thestronachgroup.com.
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