Hall of Fame turfwriter Steve Haskin addressed the “bewildering” dichotomy of the big gray Arrogate in his blog at bloodhorse.com this week, coming to the conclusion that the Bob Baffert-trained colt's four-race run of breathtaking performances should be his legacy, rather than his terrible downfall in the latter half of 2017.
“We saw two distinctly different horses,” Haskin wrote, “and there is no doubt the one that tore through the Sport of Kings like the proverbial tornado from August, 2016 to March, 2017 was the real Arrogate, and somewhere hidden inside that powerful gray machine with the humongous stride lies the answers explaining why the horse we saw at Del Mar this year was an imposter.”
We may never know whether his decline was a result of a physical or mental issue, if he was knocked out from his massive performance in Dubai or if he truly hated the surface at Del Mar. Baffert himself wasn't able to give a real reason for Arrogate's last three starts, suggesting that the colt simply lost interest in racing.
“It will have to remain a mystery,” said Haskin. “We should remember the Arrogate who raised goose bumps on our arms and left us numb from the experience of watching him run.”
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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