Arrogate wins an allowance race at Santa Anita Park June 24

Arrogate wins an allowance race at Santa Anita Park June 24

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Arrogate Impresses at Santa Anita

Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.

Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.

The 3-year-old Unbridled's Song colt won a 1 1/16-mile allowance by 5 1/4 lengths under Rafael Bejarano and trainer Bob Baffert expressed lofty aspiration for him after the race. 

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"We've got a lot of options with him. ... The Jim Dandy (gr. II) is there. ... The plan is to get him to the Breeders' Cup (Classic, gr. I)," Baffert said.

The $560,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase was hustled from his rail post and led at every point of call to finish off the race in 1:41.14. He set fractions of :23.62, :47.17, and 1:10.72 through six furlongs and covered a mile in 1:34.85.

"He's made a lot of progress," Baffert said of the lightly raced colt. "He had some shins, so we stopped on him and the race at Los Al (a third-place finish in his debut, a maiden special weight race April 17) just didn't work out.  

"Today, he didn't get rattled, in the paddock or at the gate. ... I just told Rafael, 'From the (inside post), you need to be a little aggressive.' Distance isn't an issue with this horse. When he came back right now, he wasn't blowing at all."

A 4 1/2-length maiden winner at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles June 5, Arrogate went off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, and paid $3.20, $2.20, and $2.10 across the board.