How do you breathe new life into a centuries-old sport steeped in formalities and pomp? Race and gaming company 1/ST (pronounced “First”) had a hunch, and in 2017 they launched the Pegasus World Cup, an annual affair that marries the time-honored traditions of Thoroughbred racing with Miami’s vibrant party scene.
Now in its eighth year, it’s become one of the premier stops on the race circuit, attracting A-list celebrities, top musical talent, and the cultural elite. A focus on hospitality, culinary, and entertainment programming is central to the organization’s success in modernizing Thoroughbred racing, and VIP guests of this year’s event will have the opportunity to take in the race in the Baccarat Garden—an indoor-outdoor tent dripping in crystal.
Inspired by the 260-year legacy of the French maison, the garden seamlessly incorporates rarefied decor, Baccarat’s signature glassware, and equine-themed artworks meticulously curated by the House of Baccarat. Among the sparkling treasures are a stunning array of crystal vases, light fixtures, and Marengo horse sculptures—miniature replicas of the coveted race trophies.
However, the true stars of the show are two standout creations: Philippe Starck’s Marie Coquine Chandelier—an enchanting, surrealist interpretation inspired by Mary Poppins that pays homage to Baccarat’s iconic Zenith chandelier—and a life-sized rose gold Thoroughbred holding a Baccarat Solstice chandelier. Guests will savor cocktails crafted by Miami-based Groot Hospitality, served in classic Baccarat glassware, including iconic designs like Harmonie, Chateau Baccarat, Harcourt, Massena, and more.
Following the race, the rose gold Thoroughbred sculpture will be auctioned for charity, with proceeds going to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.