The 2017 Dubai World Cup was supposed to be easy going for the gambler. At 2/5, with nobody coming even close on the board, Arrogate was the runaway top choice off the morning line. Gun Runner and Mubtaahj were each 8/1 as second choices, with Hoppertunity valued at nearly double with 15/1 odds of his own. Everyone else was shelled with longshot marks. Essentially, this was a layup.
In fact, this challenge was anything but.
Arrogate broke dead last from the gate after a horrific start. Mike Smith later admitted that he totally missed the bell, and as everyone watched on, Arrogate was playing catch up behind the 14-horse field. The start was so poor that even Bob Baffert had to be holding his breath. “I was thinking, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have brought him. Maybe he’s getting tired,'” the trainer later recounted.
Then something truly remarkable began to unfold. Arrogate began to devour the track, but did it was such grace and confidence that it didn’t even seem real. As the race marched on, so did Arrogate. By the top of the stretch he still had work to do, as Gun Runner had battled all the way with Neolithic for the lead. That’s when Arrogate unleashed his trademark speed in the 2017 Dubai World Cup to take the win. And he made it look so easy.
It’s hard to put what Arrogate has done in the past year in to perspective. The win at the $10 million 2017 Dubai World Cup has now launched him to the top of the historical standings with $17,084,600 in winnings. He has won so many marquee races but the fact that the Triple Crown is not part of it detracts from his standing to mainstream fans. It’s much easier to sell American Pharoah as the “greatest in the modern era” but Arrogate is posting a tremendously difficult case. Should he win the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic as the defending champion, that debate will rage on for the rest of time.
As will Arrogate’s performance in the 2017 Dubai World Cup. Click below to witness it for yourself.