“I got here around 5:30. We didn’t have to nudge him or wake him up. He was already up,” said Barnes. “This is him. He recovers quickly. He’s just a freak. He came out of the race in excellent shape. He cooled out quick last night. It was just an awesome race.”
The Pegasus was Arrogate’s four-year-old campaign debut and he made it count, winning his sixth straight race, which includes three grade I victories in a row. Making those feats even more impressive is that Arrogate has only seven starts under his belt. He wound up winning the Pegasus by 4 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:47.61 and was not asked by jockey Mike Smith during the last furlong.
“He’s got such a huge stride and he relaxes and shuts down, and when you call on him he responds,” said Barnes. “I kind of saw early that ‘Chrome’ really wasn’t ‘Chrome.’ We had to get out of the one hole and get into position and he did that. Mike got him out there and got him where he needed to be. He was still sitting behind horses but when Mike called upon him to move and get into the clear, he accelerated, got his way out of there, got to the lead and kept on going. And Mike shut him down, too.”
Arrogate and Imperative, who won the Pegasus companion race, the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap, both took off in a van for the Palm Beach International Airport to catch a flight back to California. While immediate future plans are up in the air, the year-end goal is to defend his Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) title.