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

by | 03.20.2017 | 9:40am
Arrogate galloping in Dubai

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 colt but probably went in about 50 seconds for the distance, just enough of a move to sharpen him for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.

“He's handling everything really well,” Baffert said of how Arrogate has responded to the long journey from his base in California and the adjustment to the Meydan quarantine stabling and the racetrack surface. 

“He looks good to me.” Baffert said Arrogate will walk in the stable area on Tuesday morning and return to train on the main track on Wednesday. 

While the only trainer not employed by Godolphin to win more than one Dubai World Cup, Baffert is keen to win more. “I've never won it here (at Meydan), and it's totally different. I really liked that old track (Nad Al Sheba), but this is totally different (with) tighter turns. You need a lot of racing luck to get away from the gate. It becomes a jockey's race.

“And you never know until they start turning for home – is the horse going to show up? As a trainer, you're just hoping that at the quarter pole, they're moving.”

Baffert said all the signs are positive but he pointed out that there is added pressure. “Because I brought this great horse over here and I don't want to mess it up. It's still a horse race, and when it's a major race, I go into it focused. I don't take anything for granted.

He also made a special point of saying it is a “greatest honour — like being inducted into an international hall of fame” to be associated with Juddmonte Farms owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

“He's been a pleasure to work with,” Baffert said. “I can't believe they had a horse like Frankel, the best horse they've ever seen in Europe, and then they get a horse like Arrogate. (Prince Khalid) is doing something right. I'm just glad to be part of it. And I'm counting on Arrogate to get it done” and win the Dubai World Cup.

  • Jbumi

    Is Mike Smith going over to ride Arrogate? The race prior to the DWC looks like a real doozy – Highland Reel, Postponed & Prize Money in the Sheema Classic (there are others entered, but those look like the top 3 to me)! Good luck & safe trips to all!!

    • Play Nice

      Yes Mike is going to ride Arrogate.

      • Jbumi


  • Anthony Fontaine

    Only hope the others have is if he needs lasix to deliver how he does in the states

    • Play Nice

      The other US horses – and they seem to be his primary competition – are in the same level boat as Arrogate with Lasix. And none of the trainers would send their horse if he was a bleeder. All of them – Asmussen, Baffert, and Pletcher – very well versed in shipping and racing in Dubai sans race day meds.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    There is not one horse in the race that even has a chance to beat ARROGATE. Love the reference to Lasix is all the naysayers can come up with as to why ARROGATE is so successful. When he romps without Lasix intrested in reading what will be said . Bottom line is ARROGATE is just a gifted runner who’s record speaks for itself & ducks no-one, he goes to the competition & is not a House Bowler.

  • Lehane

    Meydan is a relatively new track so it was disappointing to read that it has tight turns. No doubt they were unaware of the fantastic research the Japanese have done on the geometrical construction of a racetrack.
    Just love Arrogate, such an amazing horse and hope all goes well for him as it did for Chrome.

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