The Edit by Brett Graff
A snapshot of the week's social scene.
Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational
The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series held at Gulfstream Park in South Florida is the long-anticipated event that forever amazes its long list of celebrity and high-profile attendees. This year, the race’s firth, the open-air, socially distant experience was created by Groot Hospitality, which transformed a sprawling stretch of sideline into the Pegasus Swan Garden, an exclusive VIP experience in a “Tulum meets Swan” setting where guests were treated to delectable plates from the company’s most sought after restaurants including Swan and Papi Steak.
The race, headed by 1/ST, hosted a trimmed-down guestlist that of course included 1/ST company Chairman and President Belinda Stronach, who hosted celebrity guests including: six-time NBA All-Star Player Amar’e Stoudemire; rapper and tv personality Tyga; sports illustrated cover model Jasmine Sanders; NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard; Former NFL player Brian Poli-Dixon, Groot founder David Grutman and his wife, model Isabela Rangel Grutman; real estate mogul Craig Robins; Marysol Patton; Suzy Buckley Woodward; Bradley Theodore and Dana, Gary, Myles & Brett Shear.
Oh yes, the horse race!
Colonel Liam – owned by Robert and Lawana Low and ridden by Award-winning Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. – won the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. Knicks Go — owned by Korea Racing Authority and ridden by Award-winning jockey Joel Rosario — won the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. 1/ST’s Stronach presented them with crystal Pegasus trophies provided by the official trophy partner, Baccarat. The winning trainers and jockeys from the Pegasus World Cup Championship Series raceswere presented with Championship Rings designed by local Miami jeweler, BooDaddy Diamonds.
The Gramercy Opening on Miracle Mile
The crowds don’t come out easily these days but when The Gramercy called its VIP contacts to experience its extravagance, they arrived in masks and upmarket outfits. The restaurant passed around hors d’oeuvre outside on its lavish patio, tonight dressed up itself in a colossal red shoe touting the restaurant name. Inside, it’s always oozing with opulence in the form of animal print upholstery, brick, exposed pipes and roses running wild. On this evening, Jilian Sanz, Marti Jäen, Elizabeth Resnick, Vanessa Menkes, Jillian Jacobson we’re among the guests who sipped and nibbled sushi as women with top hats, canes and serious fishnet tights danced through the patio and helped to establish the venues place as the best in Miracle Mile show.
Illuminate Coral Gables
Coral Gables Community Foundation is presenting “Illuminate Coral Gables,” a public art initiative using light and technology to make the artwork we enjoy by day even more magical and mysterious at night. Curated by chief curator Lance M. Fung, the Illuminate Coral Gables exhibition will turn the streets, historic buildings, and public spaces of Coral Gables into a brilliant outdoor museum, according to the website. With “Coral Gables as a three-dimensional canvas, this first-of-its-kind exhibition will fill our beautiful city with newly commissioned and existing works by world-renowned local, national and international artists and emerging virtuosos,” it says. The exhibitions eight projects include video projections, sculpture and art installations, seven being new site-specific commissions. ICG is a project of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. It will run Feb 12-March 15, 2021.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.