03/20/2017 1:26PM

Arrogate among 14 entered in Dubai World Cup

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Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
Arrogate trains in Dubai on Sunday in preparation for the Dubai World Cup.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – There were no surprises Monday when final entries for the $10 million Dubai World Cup were released by the Dubai Racing Club, with 13 challengers set to take on Arrogate, the horse considered the best in the world right now.

Where Arrogate and everyone else in the World Cup will begin their 2,000-meter (about 1 1/4-mile) journey Saturday night will be revealed at a post-position draw Wednesday at Meydan Racecourse. The draw for the World Cup is a two-step process: Horse names are randomly drawn by racing officials, and the connections choose their own posts from the available slots.

“The start is so crucial,” said Bob Baffert, Arrogate’s trainer. “You’ve got to get out of there. He had the rail the last time, and I didn’t like it.”

But even breaking from the fence in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream in his most recent start, Arrogate still won easily. His opponents Saturday are Apollo Kentucky, Awardee, Gold Dream, Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Lani, Long River, Mubtaahij, Neolithic, Special Fighter, and Furia Cruzada.

Post positions for the other Grade 1 races on the card also will be drawn Wednesday. The $6 million Sheema Classic got just seven final entrants, but the race is star-studded, with Postponed, Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs, and Seventh Heaven forming a glittering core. There are 14 entrants in the $6 million Dubai Turf, including Ribchester, Real Steel, Zarak, Mutakkayef, Mondialiste, Decorated Knight, and Deauville – an excellent cast.

Among the $2 million Golden Shaheen’s 14 entrants are four American horses: Mind Your Biscuits, St. Joe Bay, Stallwalkin Dude, and Imperial Hint. Mind Your Biscuits is the likely favorite for Chad Summers, who became a licensed trainer of record only late last year. Mind Your Biscuits galloped about two miles and schooled in the spacious Meydan paddock Monday.

“He shipped well and is very good right now,” Summers said. “I couldn’t be happier. I wish the race was tomorrow.”

As expected, 12 horses were entered in the Al Quoz Sprint, a straight-course turf race lengthened from about five furlongs to about six furlongs this year. Ertijaal, Limato, and Amazing Kids are the likely favorites in a race that includes two Americans, Long On Value and Richard’s Boy.

Adam Stevns 3 months ago
Gunrunner runs away with it 
Jackie Heuser 3 months ago
Go Hoppy !!!!!
john gardner 3 months ago
If, and that is an awful big if, Arrogate was to loose, in which even the great Secretariat lost, then the likely winner will be Hoppertunity or Gun Runner. There is your single straight tri, read em and weep boys.
clark 3 months ago
Hmmm is he loose or going to lose?
Frank 3 months ago
dont be such a hater Mike ....

Enjoy this one -- I've been watching racing for more then 40+yrs and have never seen a better horse then Arrogreat - I watch his BCC race over and over w/Chrome -- what a race -- first I thought Victor messed up -- but now I see there was no beating Arrogreat -- he is the best -- take nothing away from Chrome who is still a great champion.

We are watching something special here -- enjoy it
Frank Reach 3 months ago
Frank, I respect your opinion.....and I agree that Arrogate is the best in training at the moment....but geeze....you say in " 40+ years you've never seen a better horse than Arrogate".   Really?  It just seems  your memory might be short on this one.  
Arrogate is good.  He may be great.  He has won three very good races in very good fashion.  I'm rooting for him in Dubai....but, let's not forget....I know you saw the great Cigar , Zenyatta, Secretariat, Frankel, Sunday Silence....not to mention the freak Seattle Slew.   
I'm just saying, for me, I don't think Arrogate is in a category with any of those yet.
What you are correct about is I will enjoy watching Arrogate in this race.  Win or lose in Dubai, it'll be a great race to watch.

Anonymous 3 months ago
absolutely agree. Too many people are ready to jump on the bandwagon without being truly objective. To become great you should have a bevy of races under your belt. Too early to tell just yet.
At the end of his career just when the 2017 Breeders Cup Classic is over then compare...That will be the last race.
Scott Samuel 3 months ago
Have you forgotten about American Pharoah?  First TC winner in 37 years who crushed Honor Code, Tonalist, Frosted, Mubtahij, and who only lost in the Travers because he was shipped too much.  Arrogate is a great horse, but AP would have galloped away from him.  No doubt.  AP had the ability to cruise at a high speed and then could still kick away.   I like both horses, but to say the best in 40 years, that's hard.  What about Ghostzapper? Point Given? Zenyatta? Goldikova?  He is a great horse and I saw him at Gulfstream from about 3 feet away and he looked like a monster; however, in my humble opinion, AP would have beaten him.  Would love to hear Baffert say what he thinks.
Vincenzo Lentini 3 months ago
zenyatte one of the most overhyped as was CC
mike 3 months ago
Silly Comments! Please say you wouldn't want to own Zenyatta/ CA Chrome.
Miguel 3 months ago
Actually Pharoah lost the Travers because the other horse ran faster that day.

Vincenzo Lentini 3 months ago
secretariat and spectacullar bid still the 2 best I have ever seen but Arrogaate at this point has been awesom
mike 3 months ago
Frank, are you forgetting Secretariat? Arrogate has ran enough races to be placed in that class. He's also not better than Cigar and Seattle Slew
Fred Colon 3 months ago
"Ran enough races???"  I must have missed a lot of those races.  If my memory is right, I don't think he's even ran 10 races yet.  Secretariat was the best I ever saw and if he were still running today in early form, not peek, he'd still beat anything you throw at him today and on any given day in horse racing history.  That horse was a 'Monster!'
mike 3 months ago
Fred, I intended to post HASN'T ran enough races to be placed in the class of the great horses.
Miguel 3 months ago
Spectacular Bid was a Champion at two, three and four. That automatically makes him better than Arrogate. Basically the Bid lost one race, okay two. The Belmont and the Gold Cup. The two year old races he lost were "write-offs". He set track records at five or six different distances. He won at something like 12 different tracks. Trust me, Arrogate is great, but he is no Spectacular Bid.
mike 3 months ago
Arrogate loses this weekend.
Shane Gibson 3 months ago
Anyone can say that...Then who is gonna win it if you feel he is going to lose?
Fred Colon 3 months ago
For the past few years, California horses have been dominant.  But that doesn't make Arrogate great yet.  He'd have to run some 15 to 20 races to earn that title from me!
mike 3 months ago
Agreed!
Robert 3 months ago
Pick the winner ? Can't have all 13 others how do we cashout ?  Every horses loses eventually. He already lost didntbhe  Wouldn't be a shock to anyone. 
mike 3 months ago
Lani prevails.
ED Kike 3 months ago
What a joke lani arrogate runs backwards and still beats lani
mike 3 months ago
If I'm wrong about Lani, Arrogate still loses.
Brian Maynard 3 months ago
Ha no way to who?? Hope ur not gonna bet the race ur better off taken ur money and spending it on dinner or something arrogate wins for fun just like chrome
Brian Maynard 3 months ago
Arrogate wins for fun hope u dont bet if you do save ur money go out to dinner 
mike 3 months ago
lol We'll see!
Joshua Lamp 3 months ago
Go home, you're drunk..