Spendthrift Farm stallion Flat Out is batting 1.000 in his young career in the breeding shed after his daughter, the aptly named Flat Drunk, became his first starter and first winner when she captured the first race on the card at Keeneland April 13.
Gun Runner lost the battle to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1), but connections of the son of Candy Ride are already planning for at least one rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
When trainer Mark Casse signed the sale ticket for a Flat Out colt on behalf of John Oxley at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-olds in training sale, the purchase price of $400,000 represented a profit of $310,000 for Q Bar J Thoroughbreds.
Until now, the Whithams' best runners have primarily been older horses, but 2016 marked a change. In addition to McCraken, they own Linda, a four-year-old filly who captured the Mrs. Revere (Gr. II) at Churchill Downs last year.
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.
As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.