01/24/2017 11:28AM

International panel names Arrogate best horse of 2016

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Emily Shields
Arrogate was given the top rating of any horse in the world for this victory over California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Arrogate was honored by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities as the world’s best racehorse at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.

The IFHA publishes ratings set by a panel of international handicappers for the top racehorses worldwide several times each year, and the highest-rated runner during a season is feted as the world’s best racehorse. Arrogate earned that distinction for 2016 with a rating of 134, which was achieved in his epic Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over California Chrome going 1 1/4 miles at Santa Anita.

The BC Classic also was named the World’s Best Horse Race by the IFHA and sponsor Longines at the ceremony.

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California Chrome was the second-highest-rated horse in the world last year at 133, and is set to do battle one more time with Arrogate on Saturday in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. California Chrome goes to stud following the Pegasus.

Four-year-old Arrogate, by Unbridled’s Song, is owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Bob Baffert.

The third highest rating of 2016, 132, went to the star Australian mare Winx.