Baffert hoping Arrogate gives him 3rd Dubai World Cup win

Baffert hoping Arrogate gives him 3rd Dubai World Cup win

Even after half the race had been run, Arrogate was nowhere in the picture, the No. 1 rated horse in the world. A camera caught Baffert miming his despair: "Not gonna happen". We saw a pure speed horse like Seattle Slew break badly in the Kentucky Derby, bull his way to the lead, shoving horses aside, and then battle through fast fractions and still win.

Despite what appeared to be a disastrous beginning, Smith and Arrogate won the Dubai World Cup by over two lengths under a hand ride for owner Juddmonte Farms and trainer Bob Baffert. I was so mad at myself thinking I shouldn't have brought him - that's the greatest horse I've ever seen run, it's unbelievable, I can't believe he won.

Neolithic was losing ground the last furlong of the 10-furlong World Cup, and might prefer distances up to nine furlongs, but held reasonably well for third to complete an American sweep of the top three placings.

Jockey Mike Smith did not panic and going down the back straight worked his way into the race before the turbo kicked in as Arrogate stormed past the leader Gun Runner over a furlong out to land an unlikely victory by two and a quarter lengths. Yet in this blink of an eye, Arrogate defeated a two-time Horse of the Year in California Chrome twice, first in the Breeders' Cup Classic, America's most important horse race, and then in the Pegasus World Cup, now the world's richest Thoroughbred event.

"I have been blessed with some really, really good horses", he said. What amazes me most is when the race is over, it looks as if he did not put much effort into it.

Christophe Soumillon said of fourth home Mubtaahij: "Every time he runs he gives you his all and that was the same today". "But I am not sure I have ever sit on one like this".


"Everything about him, his disposition, his mechanics, and the way he gets over the ground, at times you feel as though you're running downhill instead of on level ground, he just feels like he's getting over the ground that well".

With his win in the Dubai World Cup, Arrogate officially dethroned 2016 Dubai World Cup victor and multiple champion California Chrome as the richest North American racehorse.

Belgian jockey Soumillon was a back-to-back victor earlier, making a very late charge on Vazirabad to win the 3,200-meter Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup, followed by a photo-finish in the UAE Derby where he powered Godolphin's Thunder Snow to win by a nose over Epicharis.

Last year, his other horse, Hoppertunity, finished third behind Chrome and Mike de Kock's Mubtaahij.

"The horse had to really show himself to be in absolute top form to consider going to Dubai", Grimthorpe said.

Florent Geroux, rider of Gun Runner, said: "I was travelling as well as I could have hoped turning in and thought we had a great chance of victory until Arrogate arrived and he was just awesome".

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