Arrogate, a four-year old colt trained by Bob Baffert, won the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday in what horse racing observers are calling one of the greatest all-time performances by a thoroughbred.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Arrogate was pinched between two rivals as they broke from the gate and found himself dead-last in the 14-horse field through the first turn.
Smith had to steer Arrogate wide along the backstretch, but the colt had plenty left for the home stretch, as he left the rest of the field in his dust to win by about three lengths over Gun Runner. Neolithic finished third to complete the all- U.S. trifecta.
Arrogate finished the mile-and-a-quarter race in 2:02.23.
— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) March 25, 2017
Afterward, Baffert proclaimed the star of his stable "the greatest horse since Secretariat."
Bob Baffert says Arrogate is "the greatest horse since Secretariat" after defying a nightmare start to win the Dubai World Cup pic.twitter.com/fFdpT4KST8
— Meydan Racing (@DRC_Meydan) March 25, 2017
Arrogate’s career got started too late to compete in the 2016 Triple Crown. He first raced last April 17, finishing third in a maiden special weight at Los Alamitos. He has won all seven of his races since then, the last four being Grade 1 stakes – the Travers, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and Dubai World Cup.
In Dubai, Baffert added, per The Guardian, “When he missed the break, I gave him no chance at all. 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."
Baffert has support for his bold proclamations.
That was the most unbelievable race you'll ever see. At this level. On this stage.
A stunning performance from Arrogate.
— Matt Bernier (@bernier_matt) March 25, 2017
Mike Smith on Arrogate "He's the best I've ever been on. He truly is. He proved it right then and there. He's the world's horse now."
— Alicia Wincze Hughes (@BH_AHughes) March 25, 2017
After banking the $6 million winner’s share of Saturday’s $10 million purse, Arrogate’s career earnings are up to $17,084,600. According to the Daily Racing Form, he has overtaken California Chrome ($14,752,650) as the richest North American horse ever.