Arrogate

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Arrogate
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Arrogate with Mike Smith prior to the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic
Sire Unbridled's Song
Grandsire Unbridled
Dam Bubbler
Damsire Distorted Humor
Sex Colt
Foaled April 11, 2013[1]
Country United States
Color Gray
Breeder Clearsky Farms
Owner Juddmonte Farms
Trainer Bob Baffert
Record 8: 7-0-1
Earnings $17,084,600 [2]
Major wins
Travers Stakes (2016)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2016)
Pegasus World Cup (2017)
Dubai World Cup (2017)
Awards
American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse (2016)
IFHA World's Best Racehorse (2016)
Timeform rating: 141 [3]

Arrogate (foaled April 11, 2013) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2016 Travers Stakes in a track record in his first stakes appearance. He then won the Breeders' Cup Classic and was named the American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and World's Best Racehorse of 2016. To start his four-year-campaign, he won the 2017 Pegasus World Cup in a new track record followed by a win in the Dubai World Cup. Despite having only four stakes race wins, the large purses for these wins have made him the all-time leading money earner in North America.

Background[edit]

Arrogate is a gray colt bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms. As a yearling, the colt was consigned to the Keeneland September sale and was bought for $560,000 by Juddmonte Farms,[4] the racing operation of Khalid ibn Abdullah. Arrogate was sent into training with Bob Baffert in California. Arrogate's front teeth were knocked back as a yearling, probably after being kicked by another horse. One tooth became infected and was removed, which slows down his eating but otherwise has no impact.[5]

Arrogate was sired by the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled's Song, whose other major winners have included Will Take Charge, the sprinter Zensational and Breeders' Cup winners Unrivaled Belle and Unbridled Elaine.[6] Arrogate's dam Bubbler was a successful racemare who won six of her nine races.[7][8]

Racing career[edit]

2016: three-year-old season[edit]

Arrogate made his track debut in a six-furlong maiden race at Los Alamitos Race Course on April 17, 2016. Ridden by Martin Garcia, he started the odds on favorite but finished third behind Westbrook and Accelerate. On June 5, he was moved up in distance and recorded his first victory in a maiden race over 1 116 miles (1.7 km) at Santa Anita Park, leading from the start and winning by two and a half lengths from Giant Expectations. He was partnered in this race by Rafael Bejarano, who rode him in his next two races. Nineteen days later, at the same track, Arrogate contested an allowance race against older horses and won again, beating Fusaichi Samurai by five and a quarter lengths after leading from start. On August 4, the colt appeared in an allowance race at Del Mar and started odd-on favorite against two older opponents. After racing in third place in the early running, he took the lead in the straight and won by one and three quarter lengths.[9]

On August 27, Arrogate was moved up sharply in class to contest the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in which his rivals included Exaggerator and Creator, winners respectively of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Bejarano elected to ride another of Baffert's horses, American Freedom, so veteran jockey Mike Smith picked up the ride. Having drawn post position 1 in a large field, Arrogate was ridden hard from the starting gate and set fast opening fractions. As they turned into the stretch, he broke clear of his rivals, eventually winning by thirteen and a half lengths over his stablemate American Freedom, with Creator finishing seventh and Exaggerator eleventh.[10][11]

Arrogate (#10) overtook California Chrome (#4) in the final yards of the race to win the Breeders' Cup Classic

His final time of 1:59.36 for the 1 14 miles (2.0 km) distance eclipsed General Assembly's Travers and track record of 2:00 that had stood for 37 years. Baffert said, "You're always hoping that they're that good. I knew he was good, but I didn't know he was really, really that kind of good."[12] The horse earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 122 for his effort and became a contender for the year end Eclipse award[13]

On November 5, Arrogate entered the Breeders' Cup Classic as the second favorite behind 5-year-old California Chrome. ‘Chrome led from the outset, while Arrogate tracked sitting third. The two horses engaged in the homestretch and in the final yards, Arrogate surged ahead to defeat California Chrome by a half a length at the finish. The two horses dominated the remainder of the field by over 10 lengths.[14] Art Sherman said of Arrogate, "That winner is the real McCoy, I knew he was the one we had to beat, but I didn't know how good he was."[15] Post race analysis gave California Chrome a Beyer Speed Figure of 119, the highest of his career, but Arrogate topped it with a 120.[16]

The race earned Arrogate the top position in the World's Best Racehorse Rankings published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities on November 10 with a rating of 134, one point ahead of California Chrome.[17] Arrogate was voted the Eclipse Award as American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse.[18]

2017: four-year-old season[edit]

Arrogate was originally scheduled to begin his four-year-old campaign in the San Pasqual Stakes but heavy rains at Santa Anita caused Baffert to scratch from the race.[19] Instead, he trained Arrogate up to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 28, 2017. The race was promoted as a final matchup with California Chrome, who was retiring to stud after the race. Both horses were compromised by the post position draw. Arrogate drew post position one and risked getting trapped along the rail in traffic. California Chrome drew the outside post position which caused him to be carried wide in the first turn. California Chrome eventually settled behind the early leaders alongside Arrogate but could not respond when the latter made his move, possibly having wrenched his leg early in the race. California Chrome was eased to prevent the possibility of further injury and finished ninth. Meanwhile, Arrogate swept to the lead and drew off to win by nearly five lengths over longshot Shaman Ghost.[20][21] The timing of the race proved controversial. The original time, measured by Trakus based on transmitters in the horses' saddlecloths, was 1:47.61. However, clocking experts hand-timed the race almost a second faster, at around 1:46.9. The timing controversy caused the Beyer Speed Figure for Arrogate to be increased from 116 to 119.[22] Gulfstream did a frame-by-frame video analysis and determined the correct time was 1:46.83, a new track record.[23]

Arrogate made his next start on March 25 in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. He broke poorly and was then squeezed between other horses, causing him to drop to the back of the fourteen horse field. Baffert feared the colt had lost all chance but Mike Smith reacted calmly, saying later that he rode him like Zenyatta, who was famous for her closing kick. Once Arrogate recovered his stride, Smith took him to the outside of the field and started to steadily make up ground. When they entered the stretch, Arrogate started to close rapidly and moved by Gun Runner to win by 2 14 lengths. On a track labeled as muddy, Arrogate completed the 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) (roughly 10 furlongs) in 2:02.23. His share of the $10 million purse took his career prize-winning to $17,084,600, a North American record. "Everybody who was here tonight is going to say, 'I'm glad I was here to see that,'" said Baffert. "If anybody wasn't super impressed with that, they just don't like horse racing. I still can't believe he won the race."[24]

Race record[edit]

Date Race Grade Track Distance Odds Finish Time Margin Jockey Ref
April 17, 2016 Maiden Special Weight Los Alamitos 6 furlongs 0.5 3 1:09.14 (12 length) Martin Garcia [25]
June 5, 2016 Maiden Special Weight Santa Anita Park 8.5 furlongs 0.90 1 1:41.80 4 12 lengths Rafael Bejarano [26]
June 24, 2016 Allowance Optional Claiming Santa Anita Park 8.5 furlongs 0.60 1 1:41.14 5 14 lengths Rafael Bejarano [27]
August 4, 2016 Allowance Optional Claiming Del Mar 8.5 furlongs 0.10 1 1:41.76 1 34 lengths Rafael Bejarano [28]
August 27, 2016 Travers Stakes I Saratoga 10 furlongs 11.70 1 1:59.36[a] 13 12 lengths Mike Smith [29]
November 5, 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic I Santa Anita Park 10 furlongs 1.70 1 2:00.11 12 length Mike Smith [30]
January 28, 2017 Pegasus World Cup I Gulfstream Park 9 furlongs 0.90 1 1:46.83[b] 4 34 lengths Mike Smith [31]
March 25, 2017 Dubai World Cup I Meydan Racecourse 2,000m (about 10 furlongs) 1 2:02.15 2 14 lengths Mike Smith [24]
* Conversion of race distances
furlongs miles meters
6 34 1,207
8 12 1 116 1,710
9 1 18 1,811
10 1 14 2,012
  1. ^ New track record
  2. ^ New track record

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Arrogate (USA), gray, 2013[1]
Sire
Unbridled's Song (USA)
1993
Unbridled (USA)
1987
Fappiano Mr Prospector
Killaloe
Gana Facil Le Fabuleux
Charedi
Trolley Song (USA)
1983
Caro Fortino
Chambord
Lucky Spell Lucky Mel
Incantation
Dam
Bubbler (USA)
2006
Distorted Humor (USA)
1993
Forty Niner Mr Prospector
File
Danzig'a Beauty Danzig
Sweetest Chant
Grechelle (USA)
1995
Deputy Minister Vice Regent
Mint Copy
Meadow Star Meadowlake
Inreality Star (Family: 16-g)[8]
  • Arrogate is inbred 4 × 4 to Mr Prospector, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

See also[edit]

List of leading Thoroughbred racehorses

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Arrogate Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ ""Timeform 2017 Global Rankings"". 
  4. ^ "Keeneland 2014 September Yearling Sale". Racing Post. 
  5. ^ Privman, Jay. "Hard to bad-mouth Arrogate". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Unbridled's Song Stud Record". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Bubbler - Statistics". Equibase. 
  8. ^ a b "Polly Agnes - Family 16-g". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Allowance Optional Claiming result". Racing Post. 4 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Claire Novak (27 August 2016). "Arrogate Blazes to Travers Record". The Blood-Horse. 
  11. ^ Drape, Joe (27 August 2016). "Against Distinguished Travers Field, a 'Freak' Wins by a Chasm". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Baffert Reflects on Arrogate's Travers Romp". The Blood-Horse. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Privman, Jay (September 2, 2016). "Arrogate just getting started". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Staff (November 5, 2016). "Santa Anita, November 5, 2016 – Race 12" (PDF). Equibase. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ Novak, Claire (November 5, 2016). "Arrogate Upsets 'Chrome' in BC Classic". Blood Horse. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ Privman, Jay (November 6, 2016). "Arrogate rallies past California Chrome in epic Breeders' Cup Classic". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Arrogate New World Rankings Leader". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  18. ^ Balan, Jeremy. "California Chrome Again Horse of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Cherwa, John. "Arrogate to scratch from San Pasqual Stakes, points to Pegasus World Cup". latimes.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Wincze Hughes, Alicia. "Arrogate Turns Pegasus World Cup Into One-Horse Show". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  21. ^ Hoppert, Melissa (28 Jan 2017). "Arrogate Shows Off Against California Chrome in Pegasus World Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 28 Jan 2017. 
  22. ^ Hegarty, Matt. "Figures for Pegasus changed due to possible timing glitch". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Pegasus Final Time Lowered to a Track Record". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "Arrogate Last to First in Dubai World Cup". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
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  30. ^ "Chart for the Breeders' Cup Classic". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Chart for the Pegasus World Cup". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.