It’s been an incredible 12 months for the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate in horse racing, as the four-year-old has won three of the biggest prizes in the sport. The American-bred colt first rose to prominence when he caused a surprise last November by defeating California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in the biggest meeting in North America.
The inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes earlier this year saw Arrogate meet California Chrome once again at Gulfstream Park, where the margin of victory in the Breeders’ Cup winner’s favour was much bigger as he hit the front 600 metre from home and stayed on strongly for the top prize.
Arrogate became an international star when he beat the best of Europe and Asia over 2,000 metre in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse back in March. That was his seventh victory in eight starts and brought up his fourth consecutive Group One win.
Baffert and the owners of the horse now have the luxury of picking which races across the globe to target for their runner, who is in demand by every racecourse in the world. The all-time leading money earner could return next month at Del Mar in the TVG San Diego Handicap at the 1,600 metre Del Mar, the shortest trip the superstar horse is set to contest since he won an allowance race at Del Mar last August.
Connections of Arrogate decided against travelling across to the UK for Royal Ascot this month, like many other American horses. He would have the option of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in France in October, where he would have to tackle turf for the first time in his career. The race just outside of Paris is generally regarded as the biggest open-age contest in Europe.
Arrogate is the -200 favourite to reclaim his crown in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November, where he will be returning to Del Mar and could be taking on a number of younger horses who are likely to be in the line-up this year. If you are having a bet on the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, review and tipster sites such as The Winners Enclosure provide all the latest odds, promotions and a Nap of the Day ahead of all the big meetings. Opening a new account ahead of the Breeders’ Cup may allow you to pick up a free bet on the Classic, which is scheduled to take place on November 4 this year.
If successful in November, Arrogate will become only the second horse in history to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice. Tiznow was successful in the contest in 2000 and 2001 and since then many have tried to defend their crown, including Zenyatta and American Pharoah, but have been unable to record back-to-back victories.
Arrogate is likely to end his career as one of the most successful dirt horses in modern history. From now until he is retired to stud, his connections will be keen to add as many Group One victories to his name to boost his legacy.
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