Dana Barnes has been instrumental to Arrogate's ability to relax during his morning training, a key factor for the high-strung son of Unbridled's Song.
Dana Barnes And Her ‘Deal’ With Dubai World Cup Favorite Arrogate

There’s a reason that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has kept assistant and exercise rider Dana Barnes in his employ for so many years, according to, and it’s not just because her husband, Jimmy, is the trainer’s top traveling assistant. Barnes has a particular talent for convincing excitable young Thoroughbreds to relax in […]

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Victor Espinoza celebrates as California Chrome wins the Dubai World Cup
Espinoza: ‘Everything Is Different’ When Riding The Dubai World Cup

Victor Espinoza knows his way around Meydan Racecourse, whether the saddle is on properly or not. Last year the Hall of Fame nominee, who turns 45 on May 23, piloted California Chrome to victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite riding with a saddle that slipped early on in the mile and a […]

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Photo of jockey Roman Chapa, already facing allegations of using a buzzer in 2015, seen winning the Pan Zareta Stakes in 2014
The Friday Show: Shocking Results, Weighing History?

Jockey Roman Chapa is already facing a lengthy suspension at least, plus felony charges for alleged use of an electrical device in a race in Texas, but in this edition of The Friday Show, we ask how far could this possibly go? A new photo of Chapa has surfaced that may shed light on further […]

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Arrogate at Meydan the morning of March 23
Primed For Another Huge Effort, Arrogate ‘Has The World At His Feet’

It should be worth the wait for when Arrogate (USA), officially the best dirt racehorse and joint highest-rated of any horse on the planet, takes to the Meydan dirt surface in anger on Saturday evening. He will face 13 rivals in the UAE’s flagship race, the 2000m Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by […]

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Post positions for the 2017 Dubai World Cup (photo courtesy Ron Winchell's Twitter feed)
Arrogate Draws Post Nine, Gun Runner Post Five For Dubai World Cup

Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate will break from the number nine post in Saturday’s Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Race Course. A full field of 14 was entered for the $10 million race, with the U.S. well-represented with five runners. In addition to Arrogate, other U.S. runners include Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Three Chimneys Farm’s […]

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Exercise rider Nick Bush smiles at the camera after galloping Dubai World Cup contender Neolithic at Meydan
Arrogate, Hoppertunity ‘Doing Perfectly’; Keen Ice, Neolithic ‘Like The Surface’ In Dubai

A day after he breezed about 800m (four furlongs) at Meydan, Arrogate spent a peaceful morning on Tuesday in the quarantine barn area. “They just walked and it was nice and cool for them, which was great,” said trainer Bob Baffert, referring to Arrogate and his stablemate and fellow Dubai World Cup contender Hoppertunity (USA). […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel Stakes over Sonneteer, far right, and Untrapped, one from right. Petrov, the gray visible on the outside of Malagacy, finished fourth.
McCraken Leads Top 3-Year-Old Poll; Rebel Winner Malagacy Jumps To Fifth

This past weekend may have left some folks scratching their heads a bit for a Derby prospect after the running of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes, a two-turn 1 1/16 miles event on dirt at Oaklawn Park as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby “continues in week eight of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) […]

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Arrogate galloping in Dubai
Dubai World Cup: Arrogate Sharpens Up, Baffert Counts On Him ‘To Get It Done’

Powered down the Meydan stretch before dawn in what trainer Bob Baffert said was an approximate 800m (four furlong) breeze, Arrogate was going at an easy clip under exercise rider Dana Barnes before exiting the track in big, springing strides and with his ears pricked. Baffert said he did not have a stopwatch on the […]

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Sharp Azteca wins the Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap on Feb. 11
American Contingent For Dubai World Cup Carnival Numbers 14 Runners

With five runners likely to enter the starting gate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the U.S. has the largest number of runners in that 14-horse field. Over the course of the carnival, a total of 14 U.S.-based horses are expected to compete in five races on the March 26 card. Leading the group, […]

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Arrogate and Hoppertunity out for a walk at Meydan
Arrogate ‘All Good So Far’ In Preparation For 14-Horse Dubai World Cup Field

The Bob Baffert trained Arrogate arrived in the United Arab Emirates late on Tuesday evening, and had his first gallop over the Meydan oval on Friday after he was released from quarantine. The highest-rated horse in the world, the Juddmonte-owned 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song was the facile winner of the $12 million Pegasus World […]

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