01/24/2017 11:28AM

International panel names Arrogate best horse of 2016

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.

Molly Julia 5 months ago
We Know Victor Espinoza Will Have Blinkers On For The 2017 Pegasus World Cup?
Joe Rockhold 5 months ago
Best horse in the world, yet he's not HOY in America.  Well done Eclipse voters!
Anonymous 5 months ago
you obviously don't understand what it takes to win either award.
HOY is based upon the body of work performed in a certain year. CC won 7 stake races across the world and was 1/2 length shy of undefeated.
Arrogate won 2 stake races and never left the USA.
That's what HOY is about....
Best horse in the world is about which horse is the most powerful horse there is (usually in a classic race distance, sprinters rarely win if at all)
No denying Arrogate is the best horse. He just didn't race enough in stake races. 2 races does not get you HOY.
You have been schooled....and yes, you are welcome.
Joe Rockhold 5 months ago
Then why did all Arrogate get so many 1st place votes?  All those voters as clueless as I am?  When you beat the 'best horse' on the square in the biggest race of the year that earns you HOY IMO and many voters agreed with me.  You schooled nobody.  Get off your high horse.
Molly Julia 5 months ago
Joe - Watch Victor Espinoza Then You Can Understand Why California Chrome Should Have Won The Race - 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic - In A Hand Ride/
Joe Rockhold 5 months ago
Another Chrome fan with blinders on I see.  Ride was fine, got beat by a better horse and he'll get beat by the same better horse Saturday.
Frank 5 months ago
after seeing one of the most disappointing TC series last year w/AP -- weakest crop of 3yrs in many years -- and he beat nobody including his no pace win in the BCC...

To have this horse come along the next year makes everything better.

Arrogate is the next Secretariat - and maybe even better!

Frank 5 months ago
and remember AP was even beat by a n1x in the Travers!

while Arrogate ran the fastest Travers in history and also broke a 37yr old track record -- 15 lengths faster than AP's!

What a horse Arrogate
Joel Firsching 5 months ago
How did he improve so much in just a three week period, before the travers ??   He gained 9 pounds, 20 beyer points and baffert isnt any good at saratoga.  Small allowance fields to a grade 1 record holder.   Interested in your answer
Dahorsecapper 5 months ago
a growing 3 yo ? or massive juicing ?? hmm
Tina 5 months ago
Travers Day times were  blazing fast the whole day.embellishing his impressive win
Molly Julia 5 months ago
Frank - Victor Espinoza Should Be The Next Secretariat Giving The Race To Arrogate - The $5 Million 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic At Santa Anita Park?