ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017)–Arrogate, winner of yesterday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, is scheduled to arrive back at his Santa Anita base early this evening following a Tex Sutton equine charter flight that stopped over briefly in Lexington, Kentucky en route to Ontario International Airport.
Arrogate, along with two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, boarded a van shortly before 9 a.m. ET this morning at Gulfstream. “Chrome,” North America’s all-time money won king with $14,752,650 in earnings, finished a disappointing ninth in the Pegasus, which was his career finale. A 6-year-old California-bred by Lucky Pulpit, he disembarked in Lexington and will begin his stud career at nearby Taylor Made Farm next month.
Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on his $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic win by taking yesterday’s Pegasus by 4 ¾ lengths while geared down by regular rider Mike Smith, covering 1 1/8 miles 1:47.61. A truly amazing physical specimen, Arrogate, a 4-year-old colt by Unbridled’s Song, now has six wins from seven starts and with yesterday’s winner’s share of $7 million, career earnings of $11,084,600.
“It’s hard to tell but I imagine he knows how good he is,” said Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes from Gulfstream this morning. “It was exciting, the world’s largest purse. We want to be involved in that and we want to win that, so it was fun…It was a great day.”
With Baffert himself en route back to Southern California, Arrogate’s racing schedule for the remainder of the year has not been announced, but Barnes allowed that this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar is a top priority.
“I know the Breeders’ Cup Classic is in the plans again this year but we just want to keep him healthy, that’s the main thing,” he said. “I’m pretty down to earth and just stay close to the horse, make sure he stays healthy and sound and (we) just move on to the next race, wherever that may be.”
Arrogate is scheduled to arrive at Santa Anita by van from Ontario later today between 6:30 and 7 p.m. PT.