Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Arrogate comes from way back to win $10 million Dubai World Cup

Arrogate comes from way back to win $10 million Dubai World Cup

Baffert has not won the race since Captain Steve in 2001, and he also saddles last-out G2 San Antonio S. victor Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday), who was third in last year's World Cup and carries the same colours as Captain Steve. That is what he does, picks up the pieces in these big races.

There may not be enough superlatives to describe Arrogate's winning performance in today's $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Arrogate had missed the break at the start and was last in the 14-strong field.

But Arrogate showed the true champion that he is as he made ground, swooped around from the outside before pulling away to the winning post at the Meydan Racecourse.

"When he missed the break, I gave him no chance at all".

So, I am going to dig into my memory bank that goes back 50 years and see if I can recall anything that even resembles what we all saw on a windy, drizzly night in Dubai.

"I got a good sit on him from a poor draw and he ran his heart out".

I've been to 11 Dubai World Cups, but never has the expectation on one horse been so great.

"Mike (Smith) did a great job, he didn't panic". I was so mad at myself thinking I shouldn't have brought him - that's the greatest horse I've ever seen run, it's unbelievable, I can't believe he won. Wide-margin wins at Santa Anita and Del Mar followed, before a record 13-length demolition of the field in the Grade I Travers Stakes.

"I was travelling as well as I could have hoped turning in and thought we had a great chance of victory until Arrogate arrived and he was just awesome", Geroux said. What amazes me most is when the race is over, it looks as if he did not put much effort into it. "It's pretty wonderful the two best we've seen have both been owned by the Prince".

Arrogate is different. He has been beaten, for a start.

Mubtaahij was always in touch but came under pressure early in the straight and took a swipe as Arrogate swept past. Godolphin's Move Up, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was 10th.

After the race, Smith explained that Arrogate - who had previously proven to prefer running on or near the lead in his seven previous starts - had trouble getting out of the gate because... Likewise, I believe three-time Horse of the Year Forego; '77 T-Crown victor Seattle Slew and two-time Horse of the Year Cigar belong on my top 10 list, along with 2004-miler Ghostzapper, who ran exceptionally fast several times on the Beyer Speed Figure scale.

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