The rematch the horse racing community has been salivating over — Arrogate vs. California Chrome — is one step closer to happening thanks to Juddmonte Farms purchasing the Pegasus World Cup spot owned by Coolmore Stud.
Arrogate is owned by Juddmonte Farms and their agreement to purchase Coolmore’s spot in the first ever $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) means Arrogate will be the one likely to run in the anticipated event, as Juddmonte confirmed he “will continue his preparation with that race in mind.”
No details, including how much it cost Juddmonte, have been released other than “it is for the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational only.”
The only thing that could get in the way of an Arrogate-California Chrome rematch at Pegasus at this point is an injury to either horse. The two were last seen battling it out in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), which went to Arrogate, and it will be the last time they do battle before California Chrome retires to Taylor Made Farm next year.
“It [the Pegasus World Cup] is a great idea and anyone that comes up with an idea for a new race like this—and they’re trying to make something very, very positive happen in the racing industry in the month of January when usually nobody is talking about horse racing, it deserves at least consideration for as much support as we could give to it,” said Juddmonte Farms Manager Garrett O’Rourke. “All things being equal, we would definitely go because we just feel like this is something that obviously has a tremendous reward. It’s an idea that you would like to see being supported.”