Arrogate Drills Through ‘Very Important’ Six-Furlong Work Before Races At Santa Anita

by | 01.08.2017 | 3:27pm
Arrogate breezes at Santa Anita on Jan. 8
Arrogate breezes at Santa Anita on Jan. 8

Trainer Bob Baffert had been watching the weather channel with anticipation throughout the week, as his stable star Arrogate was in need of a serious workout in order to stay on schedule for the Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. At Santa Anita, however, rain had drenched the area for nearly a week, and the track stayed wet and heavy, and Arrogate hadn't had a breeze since Dec. 27.

“I'd rather work on a nice, dry track,” Baffert said. “Every time you work on a wet track, you're taking that chance.”

On Sunday, Santa Anita officials granted Baffert the opportunity to work the 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song at 11:45 a.m., about 45 minutes before the start of the first race. While the track remained a bit heavy, maintenance men had harrowed it open just before Arrogate's work.

“I want to thank Santa Anita for letting me do this,” said Baffert.

Arrogate, ridden by Martin Garcia, stepped onto the track with a pony and stablemate Uninvited. The pair were scheduled to break off at the 6 1/2 marker. Uninvited began the work two to three lengths in front of Arrogate, but Arrogate passed him entering the stretch to hit the wire about two lengths in front. Arrogate was officially given fractions of :24.51, :47.96, :59.89 and a six-furlong time of 1:11.94. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.56.

“I was happy with the work,” Baffert said. “It was nice to get the work in. It wasn't really the ideal situation I'd want, but we knew he liked the off-track. Great horses always like the mud. I was happy with the way he finished. I probably could have had the other horse a little further in front, but the way it worked out, it's good, I was happy with it. We got that work in, it was very important.”

Arrogate's Southern California rival, California Chrome, has already shipped to the site of the Pegasus at Gulfstream Park, and is scheduled for his first work over that surface next Saturday. Baffert declined to comment on whether he was considering sending Arrogate to Florida early, due to the rainy weather at Santa Anita.

“I'll just watch the weather channel from here on out. It's like training in Kentucky, you just watch the weather channel,” the Hall of Fame trainer joked. “You have to do what you think is the right thing to do. I'm going to do it the way I like to do it. The only way I can prepare him is my way.”

CORRECTION: A quote from trainer Bob Baffert has been corrected to read: “Great horses always like the mud.”

  • Richard C

    With all the drama over the past few days, it is surprising that WWE superstar Brock Lesnar’s “advocate” Paul Heyman has not taken the mic as the spokesman. Suplex City merchandise can be re-branded as Deep Stretch City for the Pegasus.

  • Mr J

    Wow

  • Elle D

    Stunning boy!

    • Meydan Rocks

      …and it’s like he came out from nowhere and burst out onto the national stage! The horse you always dreamed of and actually became real.

      • Elle D

        I would love to see him in the flesh, but if I don’t have an opportunity to see him race, we’ll be “neighbors” soon enough. I’m thrilled, as are my friends at Taylor Made, to see this son of UB Song achieve success after the untimely passing of his sire. Just when you thought it was over.

        • Meydan Rocks

          LOL! Lucky you…

  • Jack Frazier

    Let the show begin.

    • David Juffet

      The show must go on! Right?

      • Jack Frazier

        I suppose but where is the national advertising for this race? I have seen neither hide nor hair in any newspaper or on any TV show other than cable. Is this supposed to be a word of mouth advertising campaign?

        • David Juffet

          Typical lack of marketing for our industry. Is TVG gonna broadcast the eclipse awards this year? How many Derby preps are on major networks? General admission $100 a pop? This isn’t the greatest race of all time by the way.

          • Jack Frazier

            I agree. This is like an overnight stake with an entry of a million $’s. Most likely it will be the first and only. It doesn’t even have a Graded status, I believe. The absolute lack of marketing is beyond me. Who is running this circus? Oh! Stronach Group.

          • David Juffet

            To achieve Graded Stakes status a race has to be run 2 times with the same conditions. So this race doesn’t qualify until the 3rd running in 2019.

          • RayPaulick

            The Graded Stakes Committee waived its rule, as it has done previously with Breeders’ Cup races, http://www.paulickreport.com/news/pegasus-world-cup/new-pegasus-world-cup-invitational-awarded-grade-1-status/

          • Jack Frazier

            It may not be around that long. Time will tell.

  • David Worley

    Has Arrogate lost a little weight? He seems a bit thin, although he has such a long stride; he gobbles up so much ground with every step. No telling how good this horse could be as he ages.

    • greg

      someone deleted my original post, it was the 1st or 2nd on this article, it said:

      I have my doubts that Arrogate will run, may not even ship, I have seen almost ALL his works, his last 3 were much different than pre-BC. He’s working harder, his motion isn’t as smooth, it’s just different. and for $12mm it has to be 100%. Thus Bob may decide not to ship with the reason of “not enough time with missed training” or will ship, run and lose, my hope and gut says #1

  • Meydan Rocks

    Per Baffert – It wasn’t the ideal situation I would want, but we knew he likes the mud and the off track”. HE DOES? I was made to believe he melts in the rain and mud. Bah!

    • Lawrence R

      You got your info from the know nothings, Listen to the MAN .

      • Meydan Rocks

        LOL. Trust me, I do listen toTHE MAN but what a poor sport/bad neighbor I would be if I turned a deaf ear to all those merry and not so merry posters on horse racing blogs far and wide when they scream and shout at the top of their lungs “I am an expert too, do you know who I am and what I’ve done (in the horse world”? Now, have I been forced to block an overzealous and downright rude commenter on these blogs! You darn skippy I have! ;-)

    • longtimehorsewoman

      Agreed. If he loves the mud, why the concern on working him. Horses who love the mud feel secure on it, if they didn’t they wouldn’t love it. Why the worry?

      • Meydan Rocks

        I’ve been thinking and listening to the pros and cons of working in the mud.
        Horsemen on here say the mud is slippery (when wet) so to speak. If I owned Arrogate maybe Baffert isn’t as skittish about getting hurt in a workout as opposed to getting hurt when 12 million is on the line? The implications of a successful Arrogate campaign for moneybags Juddmonte on his overall business is virtually an endless well of limitless talented horseflesh. Isn’t that what a horse trainer dreams of? Baffert will take the 2nd guessing by me and my fellow blog posters in order to get the job done well.

  • J

    BAFFERT SHOULD LET THE WORKOUT BOY (MARTIN GARCIA)HIM IN THE AFTERNOON .

    • MLS

      Martin rode him in his first race and didn’t want to ride him again, said he was crazy… Then they took of the blinders and you see how he is now.

      • Lawrence R

        Really ? There is a good chance his coming off that horse was the cause of their
        breakup.

    • Lawrence R

      Garcia is not a workout Boy. He is a top notch journeyman rider. Smith is probably the most intelligent, experienced , successful and in top condition rider in the country.

  • J

    CORRECTION
    RIDE HIM IN THE AFTERNOON.

  • davecydell

    Every now and then….. this is what makes horse racing the Sport of Kings.

  • Barrmorr

    Did Baffert actually say gray horses like the mud or did he say great horses like the mud. The horse’s color has no bearing on its like or dislike for a track condition and I would be surprised if he made the statement the way it is reported.

    • katwalk

      If you had ever owned a gray horse, you would understand. It was a joke.

  • mike

    Lazy Baffy needs to get that horse to Florida as another huge storm is hitting this week.

    • ctgreyhound

      No excuse or procrastination…just do it!

  • Ida Lee

    “Great horses always like the mud”…Really ? I’m not going to argue since he is after all Bob Baffert. Let’s just be happy that Arrogate got his workout in …. the Pegasus would be a real bummer if this “Freak” did not make it.

    • TimTamTed

      Totally agree with your comment !

    • cgriff

      Actually, I think that’s a typo. I saw that same quote in the DFR as well as another publication online and it read “gray horses always like the mud” – which I think is an old axiom in the game. It makes more sense – Baffert may be cocky – but I’ve never seen him just throw the word great around without a lot of wins in the column for the horse. Arrogate is just getting started as far as career goes. But be ready for a horse race -because Chrome is as good as he can be and Arrogate is a monster. It will likely be a match race top to bottom with the others playing spear carriers.

      • Ida Lee

        Thanks for your comment. It seems to me that horses, in general, don’t want to have dirt and mud flying and hitting them in the face (throw people in there too). But, the truth is we don’t want to put our precious equine athletes (like Arrogate) in a position of training and/or racing in track conditions that are not perfect or at least near perfect for their safety. Bottom line …. good for Baffert for looking after Arrogate. P.S. Remember when John Shireffs brought Zenyatta across country to Churchill Downs for a major race (can’t remember which one) but it rained, the track was sloppy and Zenyatta was scratched and went back home. We were so disappointed but John did the right thing by Zenyatta.

      • redo

        Nope…Bob said “Great Horses always like the Mud”‘ no mistake, but hey, did we need him to tell us that Arrogate is great after what we saw at the Spa and beating a champ Ike CC?

  • Molly Julia

    Exaggerator Never Complained About Mud – Why Should Arrogate?

    • Mr. Blues

      I’m going to miss exaggerator this coming year the most out of all the rest that retired

    • Frank Hyman

      Too bad he was nothing special on a fast track.

  • Figless

    Pegasus World Cup website is abysmal, they are attracting the two best TB’s in training yet nary a mention of expected runners.

    • TimTamTed

      There are 8 slots filled at this time.That said,I do agree that it’s a match race,though.

    • Mary (M.R.) Perdue

      The field will be announced on January 24

  • Juliet Nyholt

    Arrogate has a short tail!! like Pharoah..wonder if they have a goat in the stable chewing tails?

    • TimTamTed

      Mr.Z chewed off AP’s tail.

      • Mr. Blues

        Too funny

      • Juliet Nyholt

        who or what is Mr Z?

        • David Juffet

          Mr Z is running this Friday 8th race Oaklawn Park.

          • Juliet Nyholt

            Thanks.

    • Mr. Blues

      Thats funny

      • Juliet Nyholt

        Remember, Hail to the Tail.

  • TimTamTed

    What some fail to understand is that BB is being very cautious with Arrogate,because he might just wind up being the best horse on the planet.Wouldn’t you be cautious if you owned,or trained a horse of that caliber ?

    • redo

      He is the best horse on the planet.

  • California Flash

    I stood ten feet away from him, and also watched his work. He looked perfect and never turned a hair.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Watching the video, no doubt he is his daddy’s boy!
    First time i watched him i had no idea who he was.
    He was stunning then and he still is now.
    And his name is Arrogate. Good luck always big fellow.
    Linda

  • Tommy B

    No surprise SA would accommodate homeboy Baffert. Look how they took care of him when Bayern took out his competitors to the inside at the BC.

    Yes, still suffering since I was alive to TONY in the P3 that day…

    • Meg Hiers

      If they had taken Bayern down that day, they would have had to take TONY as well because he actually caused worse bumping and well after the gate.

      • Tommy B

        Fine, take them both down. But stewards did nothing, to protect homeboy Baffert. Disgraceful.

      • greg

        had they done that, wasn’t Calif Chrome 3rd??

    • lastromantibune

      if this race loses Arrogate you can stick the fork in it for the future….so yes they are going to accommodate him….there not stupid

    • greg

      you’d be surprised how many “one time exceptions” the racing offices in So Cal for Baffert and O’Neill, Miller and D’Amato, and I think it stinks, however those 4 trainers control just under 25% of the horse population that enter daily, don’t make them happy you can’t fill a card, or you could have 5-6 races of drug free horses.

  • Dusty Nathan

    Well his knee has gone down, so that’s good. The work wasn’t exceptional, considering how tight the winner will have to be to win $7 million (more than almost every horse ever foaled is worth). But I doubt he’ll be short on Pegasus Day.

    • KErams

      Had his knee filled? Just wondering. . .

  • Michael Castellano

    Baffert, to the extent I know of his habits, tends to not like to be out of California with his horses, and when he ships, does it often without much acclimation time to the new track. Who knows why, but you can speculate lots of reasons.

  • greg

    I have my doubts that Arrogate will run, may not even ship, I have seen almost ALL his works, his last 3 were much different than pre-BC. He’s working harder, his motion isn’t as smooth, it’s just different. and for $12mm it has to be 100%. Thus Bob may decide not to ship with the reason of “not enough time with missed training” or will ship, run and lose, my hope and gut says #1

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