Champion Arrogate turned in his trademark visually impressive workout at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21, when he covered five furlongs in :59 in company with stablemate Whiskey Ticket.
- By Steve Haskin
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In his first workout since his sublime triumph in the Jan. 28 $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park, Arrogate went about his business in his usual handy fashion, covering four furlongs solo in :48 3/5 Feb. 14.
Vale Dori continued her dominance of the older female division in Southern California with another her third straight grade 2 score Feb. 11 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
In the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind, who are still working toward their 2017 debuts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori has been scooping up plenty of cash in the older female division in Southern California.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity grinded out his second straight victory in the San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 and pushed his earnings to more than $4 million with the victory.
- By Steve Haskin
Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said Arrogate is doing well after his win in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
There's nothing like a $12 million race to spur some careful thought from owners and trainers about their horses' racing careers.
Bob Baffert reached into his past for an expression to describe Arrogate's readiness for the world's richest race. The Hall of Fame trainer delivered 'super cherry'.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate arrived at Gulfstream Park the afternoon of Jan. 24 and settled in for his upcoming rematch with two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
Highlights from Arrogate's 2016 season, including comments from trainer Bob Baffert, Garrett O'Rourke, and Mike Smith. Video Courtesy Longines
Trainer Bob Baffert is on hand in London to collect the 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse prize on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.
In advance of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Jan. 24 in London, BloodHorse’s European correspondent Julian Muscat was able to sit down with Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte Farms’ racing manager in Europe.
With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate secured the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse, just edging California Chrome.
In many ways the entries alone mark an early "mission accomplished" for the first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) as it has attracted the world's two top dirt horses in training in California Chrome and Arrogate.
Chad Brown has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, and was rewarded with an Eclipse Award for the 2016 season.
With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.
Kept out of competition for 10 weeks between the Travers and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate fought every step of the way and passed California Chrome late to win the Classic and cement his place as champion 3-year-old male of 2016.
Arrogate's final workout in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) further encouraged trainer Bob Baffert for his rematch with California Chrome.
Vale Dori took heat early and kept on rolling in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (G2) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park, impressively picking up her second consecutive grade 2 and third straight victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
The official clocking on Arrogate's special late-morning workout Jan. 8 was 1:11.94 for six furlongs, but the stopwatch doesn't tell the whole story.
Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.
Trainer Bob Baffert hopes to work Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate Jan. 8 if the weatherman cooperates and conditions at Santa Anita Park are suitable.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
Owner Kaleem Shah sent seven horses to Doug O'Neill and six to Art Sherman.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate will not run in the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) as planned, trainer Bob Baffert said, because the Santa Anita Park main track will be "too wet."
During their association, Baffert trained several top-level runners for Shah, including 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and 2015 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Dortmund. The latter will be transferred to Art Sherman.
California Chrome had his prep for the Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Now it's Arrogate's turn across town.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate is set for a start in the Jan. 1 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, as long as the talented son of Unbridled's Song emerges in good order from a Dec. 27 bullet work.
After a quality third-place run in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Mind Your Biscuits trained back in New York, then returned to California to grind out a grade I victory Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes.
Juddmonte Farms, owner of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arrogate, announced Dec. 22 it has entered into an agreement to purchase Coolmore Stud's entry slot in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) Jan. 28.
With rival and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Drefong declared out of the Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the odds are greatly in Mind Your Biscuits' favor in the 10-horse field entered for the seven-furlong test at Santa Anita Park.
Where Arrogate ends up flaunting his talents next is still up for serious discussion after the son of Unbridled's Song ripped through a solo seven-furlong move in 1:24 4/5 at Santa Anita Park Dec. 21 with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 5, will miss the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26 after spiking a temperature last week, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie was significantly upbeat after the last race of Cypress, Calif., racetrack's two-week meet.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate was all business when he worked five furlongs in :58.40 Dec. 13 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 77 works that day.
Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and Starlet Stakes (gr. I).
Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After Arrogate posted a four-furlong move in :48 flat Dec. 8, Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O'Rourke reiterated that a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28 is being given serious consideration.
Undefeated Mastery is the commanding favorite for the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I). He's also a colt under expectations.
Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
The most fascinating Eclipse Award race, however, looms in one of the human divisions--the season's top trainer.
- By Steve Haskin
I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.
The purse for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is being withheld until at least mid-December, according to California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten.
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