Great Horse Racing Videos – Record-breaking Travers Stakes

The Travers Stakes had been contested 146 previous times at the oldest racetrack in America, Saratoga Race Course.  But a fairly unknown runner from the Bob Baffert barn would make this a memorable renewal of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

I’m proud to say that I was wise enough to select Arrogate on this day, the last time anyone would get close to double digit odds on the amazing racehorse.

Arrogate ran his final two furlongs in an unbelievable 23.84 and set a track record for 10 furlongs at Saratoga by hitting the teletimer in 1.59:36.   “The fastest Travers ever … and a new track record!” ~ bellowed track announcer Larry Columus.

Left in Arrogate’s wake were talented runners Gun Runner, Creator, Exaggerator, American Freedom, and Destin.

 

 

America’s Best Seeks Rebound in $1-million TVG Pacific Classic this Saturday

Del Mar
copyright Gary Tasich

Arrogate, the North American earnings champion with something to prove at Del Mar, will get a chance to do just that this Saturday when he heads a field of eight horses in the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic.

The gray by Unbridled’s Song was assigned Post 8 at a special “Draw Party” Tuesday evening at the popular Brigantine restaurant on the high ground overlooking the seaside oval and once again will be handled by his Hall of Fame partner, Mike Smith. The mile and a quarter crucible, which will reward its winner with a prize of $600,000, will go off at approximately 5:40 p.m. PDT as the eightth race on an 11-race card. NBCSN will televise the Grade I headliner nationally.

The Juddmonte Farms colt was installed as the even-money favorite by Del Mar linemaker Russ Hudak, a substantially longer price than the 1-5 morning line he started with in the TVG San Diego Handicap here July 22. He’s also likely to finish quite a bit longer than the 1-20 odds he broke from the gate with in that mile and one-sixteenth test. The real question, though, is will he make up for a case of what subsequently proved to be disappointment of the highest order?

Going into the San Diego, Arrogate had a record of seven wins from eight starts with a bankroll that registered over $17-million, more than any other North American horse in history. But in the San Diego he managed to – in the words of his Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert –  “lay an egg.” The husky 4-year-old never got in gear that afternoon and finished a disappointing fourth.

But his connections feel he has put that “no go” behind him and is back “to his old self” after a series of steady works since. He’ll pack 124 pounds – as will all runners in the race with the exception of the 3-year-old Sorry Erik, who gets 118 – trying to show the racing world that he’s back and that his “Horse of the World” crown still fits nicely on his classy head.

Set to take him on are the colt who beat him in the TVG San Diego, Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, along with another Hronis runner, Hard Aces; R3 Racing, Calara Farms and ERJ Racing’s Curlin Road, Reddam Racing’s Donworth, Tachycardia Stables and Twilight Racing’s Royal Albert Hall, Big Chief Racing’s Sorry Erik and Speedway Stable’s Collected. The last-named runner, a galloping winner of the Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start, also hails from the Bob Baffert barn.

The TVG Pacific Classic will draw top billing on a deep card that also will feature two other Graded stakes – the Grade I Del Mar Oaks and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap, the former run at nine furlongs on grass for a $300,000 purse and the latter marked in at 11 furlongs on the lawn for a $250,000 pot.

Both the TVG Pacific Classic and the Del Mar Handicap are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, guaranteeing their winners admission into designated Breeders’ Cup races. The former gets its hero a free ticket into the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic, while the latter ensures admission into the $4-million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Both will be run at Del Mar on Saturday, November 4 as part of the two-day, 13-race extravaganza that will be held at the shore track for the first time this fall.

Here’s the field for the TVG Pacific Classic in post position order with riders and morning line odds:

Post Position Horse/Jockey Morning Line Odds
1 ROYAL ALBERT HALL (GB)
Corey Nakatani
30-1
2 COLLECTED
Martin Garcia
5/2
3 ACCELERATE
Victor Espinoza
3-1
4 SORRY ERIK
Kent Desormeaux
30-1
5 HARD ACES
Santiago Gonzalez
20-1
6 DONWORTH
Mario Gutierrez
15-1
7 CURLIN ROAD
Flavien Prat
20-1
8 ARROGATE
Mike Smith
Even

First post Saturday for the chock full card is 2 p.m. PDT.

Handicapping Tip of the Day #40 – Thoroughbred Race Horses are Not Machines

See Arrogate July 22, 2017 at Del Mar.

 

Super horse Arrogate Loses

The horse racing world was turned upside-down when Arrogate, rated the top horse in the world and the all-time leading money winner among North American thoroughbreds, suffered one of the biggest upsets in thoroughbred history Saturday at Del Mar, Calif. Arrogate, the 1-20 favorite in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap, finished fourth. After his subpar performance,… [Read more…]

Top Trainer Bob Baffert Talking Del Mar 2017 [Video]

Del mar chantal billboardThe 78th season of horse racing at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club starts Wednesday, July 19th. Bob Baffert, one of the sports all-time best trainers, has a horse named Arrogate that will race twice at Del Mar this season.

Here’s trainer Bob Baffert talking about the …

Source: Top Trainer Bob Baffert Talking Del Mar

Last to First Arrogate Takes Dubai World Cup in Breathtaking Fashion

Arrogate Dubai World Cup 2017 winJuddmonte Farms’ Arrogate broke last, but rallied to easily win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.  It was a breathtaking performance  that had the racing public buzzing, especially on social media.

Source: Arrogate Last to First in Dubai World Cup

Arrogate in a different class to Dubai World Cup rivals

IT was Super Saturday at Meydan last weekend, but the only market mover for the Dubai World Cup was standing in his box.

The RACING POST (UK): World Cup: Arrogate in a different class to World Cup rivals

Great Horse Racing Video Series – 2017 Pegasus World Cup

Arrogate made easy work of a full field of 12 runners, including 2016 Horse of the Year and fan favorite California Chrome.  Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Gulfstream Park in FL featured the inaugural running of the 2017 Pegasus World Cup, featuring an incredible $12 million purse.

This race replay includes the post-race conference with winning jockey Mike Smith.

Arrogate dominates Pegasus; California Chrome bows out 9th

Arrogate BC 2016 winners circle

Arrogate Breeders’ Cup Classic 2016 winners circle

Arrogate validated his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a convincing win over California Chrome and 10 others Saturday in the inaugural $12 million Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, took control on the far turn and prevailed… [Read more…]

Field is Drawn for the Inaugural $12M Pegasus World Cup

Gulfstream Park, Race 12, Saturday Jan. 28, 2017
1 1/8 MILES MAIN TRACK,
THOROUGHBREDS, 4 year olds and upwards
GRADE 1 STAKE, PURSE $12,000,000
Post Time 5:40pm ET

1 ARROGATE
2 PRAYER FOR RELIEF
3 NEOLITHIC
4 NOBLE BIRD
5 WAR STORY
6 WAR ENVOY
7 SHAMAN GHOST
8 SEMPER FORTIS
9 KEEN ICE
10 BREAKING LUCKY
11 ERAGON (ARG) -119lbs
12 CALIFORNIA CHROME
13 STANFORD
14 SEA RAVEN
15 MADEFROMLUCKY