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The New Face on The BC Scene: Arrogate

Posted by Webster Washington on 9/1/2016 3:25:41 AM

Yes, Saratoga Racecourse is the "graveyard of champions." And yes, the Travers Stakes is only one big race. But after the outcome, horse racing betting experts across the country had to be wondering what just hit them. Well, it was Arrogate, and his performance has everyone turning their heads and reshuffling their past-performance sheets to see where this horse lands in Breeders Cup betting.

A Huge Win

It wasn't just that Arrogate won the Travers, defeating the likes of Exaggerator, Creator, Gun Runner and others; it was how he did it. Take a look.

He ended up 13 1/2 lengths in front, beating a 38-year-old track record and doing it on fast fractions and with little urging from jockey Mike Smith. At nearly 12-1, he brought his backers a healthy payout of $25.40 to win, $12.60 to place and $8.40 to show on a $2 bet.

So just who is this Arrogate? A Juddmonte Farms horse trained by Bob Baffert should give you a clue as to his quality. Of the Unbridled line on his sire's side and the Deputy Minister line on the dam's side, that gives him pedigree. Arrogate wasn't ready to run as a 2-year-old and was just getting his career started when his contemporaries were in the Triple Crown. He opened with a loss in a six-furlong sprint at Los Alamitos in April. Baffert figured him OK for distance, and he won his next three allowance level races at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita (keep that in mind, because that is the site of the Breeders' Cup) and Del Mar. He put up nice times in those races, too.

Breeders' Cup Odds

Now look at him. Arrogate has surged up in everyone's power rankings and is amazingly now +250 in Breeders' Cup Classic betting futures, just behind California Chrome (+140). I'd have to see more than what I just saw to buy in. We may not get a chance. "I think that he’s the kind of horse that, after what he did today, he could go into the Breeders’ Cup fresh like Pharoah did," Baffert said. "I don’t think that’s a big problem for him." We'll see.

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