Bob Baffert hopes to work Arrogate Sunday if the weatherman cooperates and track conditions at Santa Anita are suitable.
The Hall of Fame trainer plans to run the Breeders' Cup Classic winner and finalist for Horse of the Year honors in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, but needs to get a work into the four-year-old gray son of Unbridled's Song and has no margin for error time wise.
Arrogate last worked on Dec. 27, going six furlongs in 1:12.20 but Baffert has been unable to maintain a regular training regimen since due to a spate of wet weather.
Arrogate jogged two miles the wrong way on Santa Anita's main track at 9 a.m. Saturday with Dana Barnes aboard.
“If we can get a breeze in tomorrow, I don't see why we can't make it (the Pegasus),” Baffert said after the jog. “It's very important.”
Arrogate has won five straight races including a dramatic half-length victory over 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 5 and a record-setting 13 ½-length romp in the Grade I Travers last August.
California Chrome, winner of 16 of 26 starts and earner of a record $14,502,650 for a North American-based Thoroughbred, left Friday for Florida and arrived safely to prepare for the inaugural running of the Pegasus, to be decided at 1 1/8 miles.
It will be the last race for the immensely popular six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, who will be retired to stud following the Pegasus, which could pair him against Arrogate in a widely anticipated rematch, if the fates allow.
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