World Champion Arrogate made the return trek to his Santa Anita Park home base on April 1 and looks surprisingly well refreshed following a quarantine experience at Los Angeles International Airport after a 20,000-mile round trip to and from Dubai.
Arrogate was in Dubai to compete in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), which he thrillingly won by 2 1/4 lengths. Before that he won the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1). The two monster wins made Arrogate the richest Thoroughbred in North America.
“He’s a little fresh,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. “We’ll back off of him for about 30 days. We’ll train him, but he won’t breeze for 30 days. He tells us what he wants to do. We’ll have to do something with him.
“He’ll run in the Pacific Classic (G1) and then the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) down there. He might run one time before that.”
Amongst the media gaggle and track officials was Arrogate jockey, and fellow Hall of Famer, Mike Smith.
“This is exciting, I’ve been praying since the race was over to get him back home. He had so much turbulence in the race, he didn’t need any in the air,” said Smith. “He’s like Muhammed Ali. He the best in the world!”
Arrogate has won four straight races, including the Dubai World Cup and Pegasus. The other two were the Travers Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He has now earned a record-setting $17,084,600.