Arrogate has the opportunity to cement himself as the world’s leading racehorse when he lines up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar Racecourse next month, the race he won in 2016. The talented grey colt upset the odds last year at Santa Anita as he beat the popular favorite California Chrome in a brilliant dual in California.
Since his victory in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup meeting, Arrogate proved his success was no fluke as he landed the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, the richest race in the world as it holds a purse of $12 million. The Bob Baffert-trained thoroughbred hit the front at the 600-metre pole and then drew clear of his rivals, which included California Chrome once again.
Arrogate really helped stake his claim as the world’s best racehorse when he traveled across to the UAE back in March for the Dubai World Cup. He joined an impressive list of runners to win the Meydan contest which attracts the leading dirt horses from around the globe. Despite being on a different continent, Baffert’s horse shined once again where he ensured he recorded a win outside of the USA for his record.
There will be new challengers to Arrogate’s crown this year in the Breeders’ Cup, a meeting which will see the leading North American and European horses clash, including the likes of Cliff Of Moher who has been tipped for victory on British Champions Day in the UK. Gun Runner is one of the threats from the USA as he has looked impressive in his last two starts where he has prevailed by a combined distance of 16 lengths. Steven Asmussen’s horse finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt mile in 2016 but since stepping up in trip has found an impressive amount of improvement.