Arrogate, my horse-crush

I have to talk about Arrogate. He’s baaack! I can’t wait to see him run again. Have you heard of him? He’s the “Best Horse in the World!” Seriously!!!

I know you’ve heard of American Pharoah, and if you’re into horse racing at all, you’ve heard of Arrogate. However, he’s still not a household name, though he solidly deserves it.

His record is astounding. Let’s start with his purse winnings. WAY more than Chrome. Get this: $17,084,600. That’s 17 MILLION. Ok, Chrome won $14 million. But still. That $3 million is a lot of money! What I could do with…oh…ok…back to the races.

Out of ten starts, he has nine wins and one third. In one of those wins, the Dubai World Cup, he went last to first to beat California Chrome! He blew the start and it didn’t look like he’d win it, but he fought hard for every last step of that race and overcame his foe by a half-length or so. It was close, but he did it! This was his most recent, and I think most incredible, win.
Let’s work backwards. Before that, he won America’s richest race, the newly formed Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Amazing!
Before that, it was the Travers in Saratoga, the graveyard of champions. Not this one! In this race, he set a stakes AND track record. He ran a mile and a quarter in under two minutes. Very few horses can do this. Secretariat’s Derby win was just under two minutes, and his record still stands. I expect Arrogate’s record to stand for a long time, too.
Before these races he ran in allowance races and two maidens. In his first start, he came in third. We can toss that one. Even Secretariat lost his first race.

Back to present – Arrogate was on a short hiatus for a couple of months, but now he’s back in training. I cannot wait to see him run again. Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah (my other horse-crush), has him set for possibly three upcoming races. – “Arrogate’s pre-Breeders’ Cup agenda could include any or all of a trio of races in California, including the San Diego Handicap (G2), the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), and the Awesome Again Stakes (G1). Baffert, who won his third World Cup in March with the slate-gray runner, hasn’t made any concrete plans—but mentioned that he will know in the next few weeks if the San Diego is an option.” – Arrogate Reenters Racing’s Spotlight, Bloodhorse Magazine

To catch up on this outstanding horse, check out this Bloodhorse video. You have to see this one.

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Arrogate after winning the Pegasus World Cup. Photo: Horse Racing Nation, The Dubai Cup is a Good Decision for Arrogate

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Secretariat’s Triple Crown

Secretariat's Triple Crown

Secretariat’s Triple Crown trophy in Saratoga, NY, at the Racing Hall of Fame.
Will we ever see another Triple Crown winner? Much has been said about breeding lately for speed, not endurance. People say horses are weaker and more fragile these days. Trainers are easier on the horses because they are very fragile animals despite their size. I am inclined to agree when I see the exhaustion at the end of the long Triple Crown races. Perhaps if they shorten the races and/or space them out more, we’d have another Triple winner. But, as it stands, I don’t think any horse on earth is strong enough to win all three races. Not even California Chrome. Sorry, folks. 🙂

EDIT: Wow, was I wrong!!! I’m really glad I was, though!