With only 2 points separating Arrogate and Winx on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, Winx must have taken the lead after Arrogate’s dramatic misfire at Del Mar.
Arrogate was off his game yesterday in Del Mar finishing a distant fourth to a very impressive Accelerate.
The Champion never looked comfortable in the race, he did not display his usual turn of foot but fortunately there is nothing wrong with the horse.
“He came back fine,” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith assured Arrogate fans via drf.com. “He gallops and works faster than that… I’m at a loss for words.”
“Physically, he looks fine coming back,” trainer Bob Baffert said in a TVG interview. “I think he just laid an egg… was just flat.”
The trouble looks to have started in the parade ring where Arrogate was completely on edge, it may not have helped that the horse on his inside went down on his nose as the gates opened throwing his jockey out of the irons and then proceeded to race erratically right next to Arrogate.
But regardless of the reasons, Winx must now be on top of the ladder.
The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is horseracing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. The LONGINES Rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand. The ratings are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five continents who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each horse. The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse. Throughout the year the Longines Rankings are published at regular intervals and the consolidated annual rankings are released in January. The annual rankings denote the champions in the various distance categories for example sprint or mile, surface either turf or dirt/artificial and also the fillies & mares category.