Winx Vs Arrogate for World’s Best Race Horse
Although Winx and Arrogate will be running in different races in different hemisphere’s they will be going head to head in the race to be the World’s Best Racehorse.
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.
Baffert said Arrogate will be ready to go when he breaks from the gate Saturday in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
If he wins, he still deserves to be called the best horse in the world. If he doesn’t, he might not even be considered the best horse in this country with the way Gun Runner has been performing as of late.
Arrogate was easily beaten on July 22 in the Grade II San Diego Handicap. He finished a distant fourth in a five-horse field, beaten by a whopping 15¼ lengths. He was never in the race.
Trainer Bob Baffert blames himself. He said he didn’t have the horse where he needed to be and was overconfident about the horse’s first race since winning the Dubai World Cup in late March.
Arrogate has drawn the outside and will need to produce some of his old form to win here.
She has won 21 of her 27 starts and still sits behind Lonhro, which carried the famous cerise silks, in terms of wins but her 12 group 1 victories are the most by any horse owned by a member of the family.
Winx hasn’t met with defeat since the Australian Oaks in April 2015 and bookmakers are not expecting that to happen on Saturday. She is a $1.08 favourite against seven rivals as she starts her spring campaign targeting a third Cox Plate.
Winx’s trainer, Chris Waller, has taken the same approach he has for past preparations, two barrier trials to ready her for racing and a 1400m test.