Arrogate Turns in Another Priceless Performance in Pegasus
Horse racing fans witnessed a historical event Saturday at Gulfstream Park with the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. And the winning horse Arrogate is reminding us that horse racing history could be rewritten with his performances.
Arrogate took the race day wagering money going off as the 4-5 favorite over fan favorite and 6-5 choice California Chrome. As Arrogate raced home to the finish at Gulfstream, he took home more money with the $7 million first place prize.
Arrogate beat California Chrome again, sending the two time Horse of the Year and 2014 Kentucky Derby champion to retirement with the worst defeat of his career. California Chrome faded badly with nothing left as the horses turned for home in the 1 1/8 mile Pegasus. He finished ninth in his swan song before heading to the breeding shed.
Arrogate, a son of Unbridled Song, was voted by Longines as the world’s best racehorse in 2016. He made it clear that he’s the world’s best race horse period. The sport’s biggest star won the world’s richest race by 4 ¾ lengths to claim the first-ever Pegasus World Cup and biggest first-place prize of $7 million. Arrogate’s victory in the Pegasus left little doubt he’s the best race horse and one that’s on the verge of all-time greatness with less than one year of racing under his saddle.
Arrogate returned $3.80 to his win bettors and raced to the finish in 1:47.61. Shaman Ghost was second and picked up $1.75 million, and Neolithic finished third for $1 million in purse money. California Chrome finished ninth.
Arrogate’s rider Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert know they have a special race horse on their hands and in their care.
“I could be sitting on the best horse I’ve ever been on,” Smith said leading up to the race. “He’s put together like he’s all downhill. He doesn’t just sustain his run. He jumps across the parking lot.”
In the Pegasus, Arrogate made his move at the far turn after running just behind the pace setters along the rail. He turned up another gear down the stretch and cruised home to a daylight victory in the Pegasus. After getting his picture taken again with Arrogate in the winner’s circle, Smith said, “I was able to tip out and he was gone after that. With all due respect to the other horses I was able to gear down in the last couple of hundred yards.”
“What a superior horse he is,” Baffert said.
Arrogate is awesome, and we should enjoy it while it lasts.