Arrogate has proved his class and courage to win the Dubai World Cup.
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.
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