Arrogate, an American racehorse, won the Dubai World Cup on March 25 to become the highest-earning horse in racing history, and he did so in spectacular fashion. He stumbled out of the gate and began the race at the tail of the field, 12 lengths off the lead at one point. He gradually gained ground on the other horses, eventually winning by two and a quarter lengths and making it look easy.
Arrogate, who was purchased as a yearling for $560,000 by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, has won seven of his eight lifetime races, earning more than $17 million dollars. Mike Smith, who rode champion Zenyatta to 19 victories by coming from behind, was the ideal jockey to handle Arrogate’s stumbling out of the gate.
After the race, his trainer, Bob Baffert, who also trained Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh, said: “This horse is the best we’ve seen since Secretariat…
That is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” Arrogate is expected to command the highest stud fee in the country, possibly exceeding American Pharaoh’s $200,000. Aside from that, what’s next for the young horse who’s already won the world’s most prestigious races? Time will tell.