Arrogate has proved his class and courage to win the Dubai World Cup and become the world’s most financially successful racehorse.
The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old was sent off at Meydan at the long odds-on favourite after wins in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup Invitational, but appeared to have lost all chance of victory following a slow start.
But jockey Mike Smith showed all his experience and did not panic, weaving in and out of the field to gradually made up ground and scoop the $US6million prize and take Arrogate’s earnings to a record $US17million.
Rounding the turn for home he was making up many lengths, but Gun Runner appeared to have stolen a march.
But Arrogate found another gear and he bounded clear to give Baffert a third win in the race.
“When he missed the break, I gave him no chance at all,” Baffert said.
“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. That is a great horse.
“Mike did a great job, he didn’t panic.
“When he turned for home I said ‘If he wins he’s the greatest since Secretariat’.”
— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) March 25, 2017
2017 Dubai World Cup Offical Results
1st: Arrogate (USA)
2nd: Gun Runner (USA)
3rd: Neolithic (USA)
4th: Mubtaahij (IRE)
5th: Awardee (USA)
6th: Hoppertunity (USA)
7th: Keen Ice (USA)
8th: Lani (USA)
9th: Apollo Kentucky (USA)
10th: Move Up (GB)
11th: Long River (USA)
12th: Special Fighter (IRE)
13th: Furia Cruzada (CHI)
14th: Gold Dream (JPN)
— Meydan Racing (@DRC_Meydan) March 25, 2017