03/15/2017 4:06PM

Arrogate among 14 probables for Dubai World Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Arrogate is one of five American horses expected for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25.

A list of likely runners for the Dubai World Cup card on March 25 at Meydan Racecourse was released by the Dubai Racing Club on Wednesday, the same day that Arrogate, the best horse in the world, according to international rankings, was settling into his temporary home at the Meydan quarantine facility after arriving from California.

There are 102 horses listed as likely runners for the seven Thoroughbred races on the World Cup card, including 14 in the $10 million World Cup. The likely field for the World Cup, carded at 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) and won last year in rousing fashion by California Chrome, is composed of five American runners, four Japanese shippers, and five locally trained horses. The field includes eight Group/Grade 1 winners, but Arrogate will be an odds-on favorite to add another major prize to his trophy case.

The 4-year-old Arrogate burst into international prominence for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Juddmonte Farms when he won the Grade 1 Travers, his stakes debut, by 13 1/2 lengths last summer. He went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a half-length over California Chrome and then captured the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park by almost five lengths over Shaman Ghost, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap last weekend.

The World Thoroughbred Rankings committee gave Arrogate a 127 rating for his Pegasus, while the 134 he achieved in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was the highest rating anywhere in 2016.

The other Americans in the World Cup are Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, and Neolithic. The race also is expected to include Mubtaahij, who was second in the 2016 World Cup.

In all, there are 14 American runners in the seven Thoroughbred races, which include a total of 29 Group/Grade 1 winners.

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The $6 million Sheema Classic is expected to have only eight runners but still is excellent, featuring a rematch of the one-two finishers in the race last year, Postponed and Highland Reel, plus Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs and the Aidan O’Brien-trained multiple Group 1 winner Seventh Heaven.

The $6 million Dubai Turf also should be a great race and is headed by last year’s winner, Real Steel, as well as Ribchester, Mondialiste, Zarak, Decorated Knight, Deauville, and Mutakayyef.

The $2 million Golden Shaheen at about six furlongs will have four Americans: Mind Your Biscuits, Stallwakin’ Dude, Imperial Hint, and St. Joe Bay, a quartet that seems likely to produce the winner. Sharp Azteca is the lone American horse among a dozen likely runners in the Godolphin Mile, which includes the sharp locals North America and Heavy Metal and the Japanese horse Kafuji Take.

Limato, Ertijaal, and Amazing Kids appear to be the principals among 12 likely runners in the Al Quoz, a straight-course turf sprint lengthened from about five furlongs to about six furlongs this year. The race will have two Americans, Long On Value and Richard’s Boy.

The Gold Cup, over about two miles on turf, also is deep this year but will have at the head of the betting markets last year’s winner, Vaziribad.

Final entries are due and post positions will be drawn for all the World Cup races on Monday.

DavidM9999 6 months ago
Agree, Vince. 
If you like Arrogate and you likely should just save your money. Exhibition race with little win or vertical value.
Vince Piscitelli 6 months ago
>>> Arrogate w/Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Mubtaahij, Keen Ice, and Neolithic. I <<<


Do you realize that if your picks win, you may actually owe the track money?

You picked a 1/5 or 2/5 shot over the co-fav, over the next favorite and so on. How long did it take you to come up with these plays? Hopefully no more than 1.7 seconds.

Vince P
Jack Armstead 6 months ago
Vince... it took all of 4 seconds of thought about Mubtaahij closing up the rail to win. He will be 8-1 or better (depending on any preps).

It's not like I'm going to spend a lot of money, unless; I think Arrogate is vulnerable (trying to run without Lasix with only 10 days to acclimate).
Jim Fields 6 months ago
Again, somebody speaks without true knowledge of how big the tracks are here in the good old USA.  Most horse tracks are at least a mile in circumference, and most dog tracks are less than one half of a mile, and he also seems to think Arrogate will do better on Meydan in Dubai.  Arrogates only real question, is whether the lack of Lasix causes him trouble.  It doesn't appear that the other horses can compete with him under normal conditions, and those conditions include at least a one mile track and the use of Lasix.  He appears to be a monster.  I would like to see him against some of the greats of history.
Frank 6 months ago
Jim -- give it up I was being sarcastic -- point is our ovals in the US are way to small -- SA and DMR are the worst ---  You have a one mile oval dirt with a 7F turf track -- That is big enough to race dogs not horses.

Have you even seen European tracks?  Have you seen BEL, KD or WO?  those are your only real NA tracks.

Go back to betting your $3 to show on every race at Turf Paradise -- you have no clue what real racing is....
mike 6 months ago
And you have less.
Robert Jodoin 6 months ago
Stop Dreaming. The other so-called greats are long gone. It's time to face this fact, and come back to the present.
Frank 6 months ago
look forward to seeing Arrogate "The Great" race into immortal history!

This huge long striding colts fits perfect here -- wait till you see what a horse this caliber can do on a real racing oval instead of these half mile dog track style courses in America (except for a few tracks)...

Track Record is in jeopardy !
Kim Jason 6 months ago
Nice post. This will be a grand event and people will attracted around the globe: http://bit.ly/2nuSjmp
Jack Armstead 6 months ago
Arrogate will race w/o Lasix and his Pegasus victory may cost him.  Chrome learned the hard way and got it right the 2nd time (with a prep) before.  If Arrogate looks like he did for the BC/Pegasus, 
the Trifecta and Superfecta become simple... provided Arrogate can acclimate in 10 days and; get a decent Post Position.  Chrome won from way outside last year, but; he prepped/acclimated.

The key words in this story are "... the race also is expected to include Mubtaahij."  He was coming like a freight train last year and nipped Hoppertunity for 2nd.  Pletcher still believes that Neolithic can set this up for Keen Ice.  I say, "Good luck, Todd."  His horses never run well w/o Lasix.

Arrogate w/Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Mubtaahij, Keen Ice, and Neolithic. I don't know what prep (if any) Mubtaahij is in, but; I'd take him and Gun Runner in an Exacta Box w/Arrogate, a Tri-part wheel, and; a Super part-wheel.  

Baffert didn't run Hoppertunity in the Big Cap at Santa Anita.  His last race was impressive. Maybe I have to stretch him in with Gun Runner and Mubtaahij where Arrogate is the key. 

Jerkens was smart to take the easy money at Santa Anita with Shaman Ghost. That will flatter Arrogate and make his odds drop to 3-5 or 4-5 at best. 

If Arrogate draws poorly AND looks bad on the track, I'd have to key Mubtaahij with the others (if he's prepped there already). I don't want him off of a long layoff... but he likes that track and configuration, even the old Poly-track he won on when he was 3.  He's 5 now right?

curtis1440clark 6 months ago
Chrome was never as good as The big Gray
mike 6 months ago
Really? A little too early to compare him to Secretariat. If he loses people like you will turn and run.
Frank 6 months ago
Curtis is right -- you can never compare Chrome to Arrogate -- 

Arrogate has no equal!

Ronald Knox 6 months ago
neither does my girl ..........................
mike 6 months ago
Frank, you sound comical.
Jack Armstead 6 months ago
Guys... they're running without Lasix at 1.25 miles and Arrogate has had only 10 days to acclimate.  I'm sure it's not easy to replicate 116 BSF's and performances like he's had.

Just remember... he out of Unbridled, and; one day these "epic" performances will Bounce back to haunt him.  They're not machines... they're animals.