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.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
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.
Only a handful of hours after California Chrome was feted as the 2016 Horse of the Year, adding that trophy to his 2014 year-end honor, Art Sherman stood in the Gulfstream Park barn area Jan. 22 accepting waves of congratulatory wishes.
California Chrome’s second Horse of the Year honor for 2016--which was awarded to his connections Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park--uniquely situates the chestnut in the history of the game.
California Chrome earned the Eclipse Award for older dirt male Jan. 21, but his connections hope the honor is just the appetizer for the main course of Horse of the Year.
- By Steve Haskin
With all this outpouring of love for California Chrome, where does that leave his nemesis, Arrogate?
California Chrome's final move before he makes his final career start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 was par for the course, as he ripped through five furlongs in :58 4/5.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome's win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year.
John C. Oxley's Noble Bird is under consideration for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park following a sharp half-mile work Jan. 15.
- By Steve Haskin
Other than the much anticipated showdown between superstars California Chrome and Arrogate, the rest of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational has been a puzzle
California Chrome will command undivided attention at Gulfstream Park Jan. 14, when Thoroughbred racing's most enduring star is slated to take to the racetrack at 7:30 a.m. ET for a public workout in preparation for the Pegasus World Cup (G1).
On an unseasonably cold morning in South Florida, Pegasus World Cup (G1) contender California Chrome paid his first visit to the Gulfstream Park main track Jan. 8 with a spirited jog.
Trainer Bob Baffert hopes to work Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate Jan. 8 if the weatherman cooperates and conditions at Santa Anita Park are suitable.
California Chrome arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6 to continue preparations for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
2016 Eclipse Awards finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories announced on January 5, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards on January 21 at Gulfstream Park.
While most of the main players landed in their expected spots, a few surprises and conspicuous absences were present when the finalists for the 2016 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 5.
California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I).
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the dramatic duel between Arrogate and California Chrome.
According to final statistics released Jan. 2 by Equibase Company, Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate led all Thoroughbreds in North American earnings with a bankroll of $4,084,600.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order.
Footage from California Chrome's work on December 29, 2016 at Los Alamitos and comments from Art Sherman
Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome's training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn't alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie's At The Gap Dec. 29.
The visually impressive victory by California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Stakes Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course also proved to be just as strong on paper, with the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit earning the year's top Equibase Speed Figure.
And they're off, and it's Mattress Mac first out of the gate in the inaugural Pegasus Preliminary Probe, Pursuit, and Purchase.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alpine Luck||Robertino Diodoro||
|Better Bet||Mike Harrington||
|California Chrome||Art Sherman||
|Ghost of Harrenhal||Derek Meredith||
|Life Is a Joy||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Mass Transit||Peter Miller||
|Pray Hard||Jerry Hollendorfer||
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