BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CHAMP ARROGATE TO WORK AT 11:45 A.M. SATURDAY

 

BAFFERT TRAINEE TO HAVE FINAL WORK IN PREPARATION FOR $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP AND REMATCH WITH ALL-TIME EARNINGS LEADER CALIFORNIA CHROME

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2017)–In what will be his final work in preparation for what shapes up as an epic rematch on Jan. 28 with legendary California Chrome, Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate will work an undetermined distance Saturday morning at 11:45 a.m., 45 minutes prior to Santa Anita’s first race.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old grey or roan colt by Unbridled’s Song has been training in impressive fashion for the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. In his most recent move here last Sunday, Arrogate drilled an official six furlongs over a track that proved tiring throughout the day in 1:12.29, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.82, while getting a mile time of 1:37.97.

Idle since beating all-time money-won leader California Chrome by a half length in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, Arrogate will be cutting back in distance from 1 ¼ miles to a mile and one eighth.

Although track condition for tomorrow’s races has not yet been announced, Friday’s races were conducted over a “wet fast” main track that took on significant rain throughout the day.

Tentative plans call for Arrogate to be flown early Tuesday morning to south Florida, where he’ll then be vanned to Gulfstream.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who was also a record setting winner of the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga two starts back on Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and has earnings of $4,084,600.

Fans are encouraged to watch Arrogate’s work tomorrow either in person or via the track’s simulcast signal. Santa Anita’s admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. and first post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.