The world’s equal best racehorse Arrogate defied a slow start to dominate the final stages of the US$10million Dubai World Cup, to see his career – read, annual – earnings eclipse $17million.
The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old averages a return of $2.14million when visiting the track and that is still factoring in his maiden defeat which was only in April last year – although his value has sky-rocketed at his past two starts, which have seen him collect $13million alone.
The Pegasus World Cup winner certainly gave his connections and backers a somewhat nervous time on Sunday morning [AEDT] when he endured an awkward start to the 2000m race and was in last place approaching the post for the first time at Meydan.
“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 [Smith] did a great job, he didn’t panic.
“When he turned for home I said, ‘If he wins he’s the greatest 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
Gun Runner and Neolithic, both placed behind Arrogate once in the champion’s previous three wins, again played the supporting cast role, running second and third respectively in the Dubai World Cup.
The official margins were 2.25 x 5 lengths for the all-American trained trifecta, with Steven Asmussen (Gun Runner) and Todd Pletcher (Neolithic) joining Baffert in the top-three.
The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira bottomed out to finish last in the World Cup aboard Gold Dream, but not before he took out the equal second-richest race on the night, the $6million Dubai Turf aboard Vivlos…