Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome running in Gulfstream Park's Pegasus World Cup

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The spectacular $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, billed as “the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race,” will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com).

On the outside in post 12 will be California Chrome, winner of 2014’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness and a two-time Horse of the Year (2014 and 2016).

This will be his last race. Afterward, he’ll be retired to stud.

In post 1 will be Arrogate, who defeated California Chrome in last year’s Breeders’ Cup, their only head-to-head race. That was California Chrome’s only loss in 2016.

The winner will take home $7 million.

The undercard includes the $400,000 Poseidon. Both races are run at 1 1/8 miles for 4-year-olds and up.

LUCKY HEARTS CLOSED

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) has wrapped up its Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Boca Raton’s Michael Graffeo won $290,687 and a pair of trophies in the main event.

Runner-up Dantonio Brown pocketed $178,209, and Loni Harwood came in third with $110,431.

A total of 1,509 players bought in at $1,100.

Of the open’s other 15 events, the biggest was the Ultimate Re-entry, which had final table on Jan. 17. Its prize pool hit $1.4 million.

IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ’EM ...

On Jan. 21 in the poker room at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com), Vero Beach’s Mohammed Khatib lost in a hand of $2-$4 limit hold ’em poker but still walked with $115,593.

Khatib won the bad beat jackpot. House rules state that if a poker player has at least four 10s and loses, he or she gets half the bad beat jackpot and the winner gets a quarter. The others in the hand share the remaining quarter.

Khatib was the “loser.” The winner, Susan Barnhart of Rochester, N.Y., took home $57,797.

Each of the other five players walked with $11,560.

The jackpot had been building since the previous bad beat, which was for $103,396 on Sept. 23.

HERE COMES HE’S MY MAN

In addition to horses, it’s peak season for dog racing in South Florida.

PBKC will host the $50,000 He's My Man Classic on Saturday. The fastest of eight greyhounds will win $25,000.

PBKC has another $50,000 race on Feb. 25, and a third on March 18.

The greyhound racing season at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) runs from December to April, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

There’s currently no racing at Flagler Greyhound Track, part of Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com). Its season is from June to October.

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