We can’t question Arrogate’s performance. Arrogate, the lightly raced colt has been nothing short of sensational in his last three starts while setting records and earning speed figures that have rarely been achieved by a horse of his age.
As a result, he will be a heavy favorite to win the $10 million, Group 1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline at Meydan in Dubai, a 2,000-meter (about 1 ¼-mile) race scheduled for March 25.
Arrogate comes into the World Cup off three consecutive victories, all carrying purses of $1 million or more — the Travers Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Pegasus World Cup. He’s won six of his seven races, and if he wins Saturday, he’ll surpass California Chrome as the biggest money winner in North American racing.
Most recently, Arrogate won the $12 million, Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park, racing close to a fast pace and utilizing his tremendous stamina to pull away in the homestretch and win by 4 ¾ lengths over Shaman Ghost, who came right back to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap earlier this month. Arrogate’s final time of 1:46.83 was a track record and translated to a huge 119 Beyer.
To put it simply, Arrogate is a rare talent with the potential to stamp himself as an all-time great racehorse. Furthermore, his two best races have come at 1 ¼ miles — the same distance as the Dubai World Cup — and after drawing post-position nine in a full field, Arrogate should be able to work out a perfect trip. Even with the question mark of shipping halfway around the world to compete at an unfamiliar track, it’s difficult to envision Arrogate losing in the Dubai World Cup.
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