Pointed towards the 2017 Pacific Classic, Arrogate thundered out a four furlongs in :47.60 and galloped out five furlongs in one minute flat. It as the kind of work that his connections wanted to see as the best racehorse in the world looks to regain his footing after suffering his first career loss.
Trainer Bob Baffert was on hand for the drilling, watching from the grandstand. “He just cruised around there,” said Baffert. “We’re set.” If you’re reading a confident tone in that quote, then you’re on the right track
“I thought he looked good,” noted Mike Smith, the regular jockey for Arrogate who took in the work from the grandstand as well. “He looked happy to me.”
Arrogate will look to use the 2017 Pacific Classic to erase the memory of his loss to Accelerate in the 2017 San Diego Handicap. The two will have their rematch at Del Mar on August 19th. Joining them will be Donworth, who slipped in to second at the 2017 San Diego Handicap. Those won’t be the only horses with top finishes in their previous race. Collected scored last time out in the 2017 Precisionist, and Curlin Road won the 2017 Cougar II Handicap as well. You can also never understimate Mubtaahij, who has imported back in to United States after finishing fourth in the Dubai World Cup.
Missing from the 2017 Pacific Classic is Songbird, who will instead head to the Personal Ensign on August 26th. The strongest female runner in the world was rumored for a run against Arrogate a couple weeks ago, but that seemed to hopeful banter instead of well founded news.
This will be an important prep race for those interested in challenging for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic. If Arrogate once again shows weakness, then everyone will be seeking to jump in to the fray. However, if the four-year-old champion does what he does best in the 2017 Pacific Classic then it may be a stern reminder that he is the best in the world bar none. We’ll find out on August 19th.