Arrogate will be making his four-year-old debut in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) on January 28 at Gulfstream Park. The three-year-old male champion of 2016 got his first look at the track on January 25, when he and exercise rider Dana Barnes galloped for one and half miles.
“First day out there, we went a little bit earlier. I was planning on going a little bit later, but he was anxious and I wanted to get him out and get him on the track,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes. “We couldn’t be happier with the way he went over the track. It’s a bigger track—a sandy track, mile and an eighth track—but he handled it well.”
Barnes compared Arrogate to a previous Bob Baffert trainee, American Pharaoh.
“I think what makes him so good is that he’s such an efficient mover. American Pharoah was almost the same way. He just moved so fluently. He carries himself so well over a surface. I think that’s what makes him so great,” said Barnes. “His (weight is) good and I think he’s grown maybe an inch since (last summer). We couldn’t be happier.”
Only one horse, California Chrome, has better odds to win the Pegasus World Cup than Arrogate and his 7-5 odds. Some would say Arrogate, who defeated California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has the better shot of winning. Arrogate is currently on a five-race winning streak.
“We’ll let him relax today and we’ll probably school tomorrow—get him over to the paddock,” said Barnes. “He’s usually just a one-time schooler—let him get a look at everything, just kind of a formality and we should be in good shape.”