San Diego Handicap Could See Return of Arrogate

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Hall of Fame trainer said Arrogate will likely return to the track in a competitive manner by racing in the July 22 TVG San Diego Handicap (G2).

“The TVG San Diego likely is our next stop if all goes well,” said Baffert. “We’ll take him to Del Mar for the summer and if he gets back in action in the TVG San Diego, that could be a good prep for the Pacific Classic and then possibly the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”

Arrogate is on a seven-race win streak, which in the process vaulted him to the top of the North American earnings leader board, having earned $17,084,600. His last victory came on March 25 in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. That means he will have had close to four months off by the time the San Diego Handicap runs.

If he does indeed start in the San Diego Handicap, which runs at Del Mar, it could be the first of three Del Mar races in a row for the four-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song. The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) could be the next two likely races he starts in following the Handicap.

“We’re very pleased that the Arrogate connections have decided to stay home and give California’s Thoroughbred fans a chance to watch the best horse in racing right now perform,” said Del Mar Executive Vice-President for Racing Tom Robbins. “We’ll be delighted to showcase him at Del Mar and his presence will add some marvelous spice to our overall racing program.”

The Del Mar summer season starts July 19 and lasts 17 days.

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