Arrogate Returns from Dubai Trip

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.

Preakness Weekend Offers $100,000 Trainer Bonus

Maryland Jockey Club Adds $100,000 Trainer Bonus to Preakness Weekend

Preakness Stakes weekend features the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 20. A total of 15 stakes races worth $3.7 million will be run on May 19-20, and the Maryland Jockey Club has added to the big weekend with a $100,000 bonus to trainers.

The top 6 trainers that accumulate the most points by running a minimum of five horses in stakes races on Preakness Weekend will be awarded prize money from the $100,000 bonus pool provided by the Maryland Jockey Club.

1st place: $50,000

2ne place: $25,000

3rd place: $12,000

4th place: $7,000

5th place: $4,000

6th place: $2,000

Points are awarded on a 10-7-5-3 scale for finishing 1st through 4th, with 1 point earned for each starter in a stakes race.

In addition to the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 20, additional stakes races that day include:

– $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2)

– $150,000 Maryland Sprint (G3)

– $150,000 Gallorette

– $200,000 Chick Lang

– $100,000 Sir Barton

– $100,000 James W. Murphy

– $100,000 The Very One.

The May 19 Program is headlined by:

– $350,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2)

– $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3)

Last year, Dale Romans won the top prize with 34 points.

In addition to a great weekend of racing at Pimlico, check out all the great events surrounding Preakness weekend.