Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate Confirmed for Dubai World Cup
Arrogate is set to become the leading North American-based earner in history should he win in Dubai. Arrogate would have earned more than $17 million, surpassing the $14,752,650 of California Chrome.
Prince Khalid bin Abdullah made the final decision to send Arrogate to Dubai, trainer Bob Baffert will also be taking Hopportunity last years third placegetter in the Dubai World Cup for another shot at the race.
Arrogate (foaled April 11, 2013) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2016 Travers Stakes in a track record in his first stakes appearance. He then won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was named the American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and World’s Best Racehorse of 2016. To start his four-year-campaign, he won the 2017 Pegasus World Cup in a new track record.
As a yearling, the colt was consigned to the Keeneland September sale and was bought for $560,000 by Juddmonte Farm, the racing operation of Khalid bin Abdullah. Arrogate was sent into training with Bob Baffert in California. Arrogate’s front teeth were knocked back as a yearling, probably after being kicked by another horse. One tooth became infected and was removed, which slows down his eating but otherwise has no impact.
Arrogate was sired by the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled’s Song, whose other major winners have included Will Take Charge, the sprinter Zensational and Breeders’ Cup winners Unrivaled Belle and Unbridled Elaine. Arrogate’s dam Bubbler was a successful racemare who won six of her nine races.
Annually held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, and has carried a purse of USD ten million since 2010. It was the world’s richest horse race until it was surpassed by the Pegasus World Cup in 2017. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs) in late March. It was held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse before 2009. In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was first held at the new Meydan Racecourse on March 27, on all-weather surface known as Tapeta. However, it was held as dirt race again in 2015 due to the high maintenance cost and being an unpopular condition among American participants.