‘Tough’ Arrogate Rebounds From Dubai Trip, Returns To Serious Training At Santa Anita

The top-rated horse in the world right now has returned to training, reports bloodhorse.com. Arrogate, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup in his last three starts, has re-gained the weight he lost on his overseas journey in March, and recently resumed regular training under the watchful eye of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita Park.

“He’s a tough horse and his athleticism is incredible,” said Baffert. “He’s shipped a lot of miles—New York and back, Florida and back, Dubai and back—and there’s just something in his genetic makeup that makes him as great as he is; that he’s able to do that. To have a horse of this caliber, like American Pharoah, it’s nice to do my job and just keep him healthy. We know the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) is the goal, but how we get there? I’m not sure yet. The thing about him and training for people like Juddmonte is the horse comes first and they just want you to do what’s right, so the pressure is on me.”

Among the options leading up to this year’s Breeders’ Cup for the 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song are the G2 San Diego Handicap, the G1 TVG Pacific Classic and the G1 Awesome Again. Baffert expects to make a decision about the San Diego, on July 22, in the next several weeks.

“No one knew who Arrogate was this time last year,” added Juddmonte’s Garrett O’Rourke. “There’s plenty of opportunity for more superstars to emerge. No one knows how good Could Computing is after only a few races and we have every reason to believe that he could make huge strides forward. Classic Empire is a class horse who has been unlucky, and he could prove to be a top-class horse at this level. Whoever comes, we look forward to the challenge.”

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