Arrogate, who is coming off a win in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), put in his second timed workout since the multi-million dollar victory on Tuesday, February 21.
The work took place at Santa Anita Park under jockey Martin Garcia and in the company of Whiskey Ticket. He was timed running five furlongs in :59.
“He went nice, he went like his usual self. Just cruising around there,” said Baffert. “He looked happy, it really wasn’t much for him. This was more of a maintenance move to keep him interested.”
As of this moment, Baffert is still unsure of where Arrogate will run next. A couple of immediate options are the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 25. As long as Arrogate is on the right track during his training, the Dubai World Cup is the frontrunner, according to Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O’Rourke.
“The horse is sound, he is in super form, and Bob said there is difficulty keeping him on the ground when he gets too high,” said O’Rourke. “The easiest way to keep him on the ground is let him work and let him run. We don’t want to be hard on him and (Juddmonte owner) Prince Khalid is very clear he wants (Arrogate) to be fresh come the end of the year.
“If there was any doubt about that, we wouldn’t even consider going. But the horse seems to be in an exceptionally good state physically and mentally. We’ll discuss the case and if Prince Khalid agrees, I think we’ll roll the dice.”