06/26/2017 1:46PM

Hill 'n' Dale buys half-interest in Arrogate dam

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Andrew Watkins
Arrogate has won four major Grade 1 or Group 1 races in his last four starts, including the Dubai World Cup in March.

John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm has acquired a 50 percent interest in Bubbler, the dam of champion Arrogate.

The 11-year-old Distorted Humor mare is in foal to perennial leading sire Tapit for what would be her fifth foal. She was previously owned entriely by Clearsky Farms.

Arrogate, by Unbridled’s Song, is Bubbler’s first and only foal to race. He was named champion 3-year-old male of 2016 and owns victories in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Travers Stakes, as well as the Group 1 Dubai World Cup.

"We are very excited about Bubbler's future, with her second, third, and fourth foals yet to race, and hopefully we can both share some success with her,” Sikura said. "As the dam of Arrogate, the world's highest-rated racehorse, and in foal to classic sire Tapit, we feel Bubbler is a remarkable opportunity to enhance our brand. Our goal is to continue to assemble a world-class broodmare band and associate with leading breeders like Clearsky Farm."

After winning four stakes races in Texas and finishing third in the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff, Bubbler was sold to Clearsky Farm as a broodmare prospect for $170,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. The mare was offered at the same sale in 2016, in foal to Into Mischief, but was bought back with a final bid of $4.7 million.

Bubbler is a half-sister to stakes winner Unbridled Femme, and her second dam is the champion juvenile Meadow Star.