Champion Arrogate became North America’s richest Thoroughbred after his spectacular last-to-first victory in the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 25 at Meydan that boosted his earnings to more than $17 million. The victory marked the seventh consecutive victory – and fourth consecutive Grade 1 win – for the Unbridled’s Song colt, who won the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) – the world’s richest horse race – at Gulfstream Park in late January.
The win streak also includes the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in 2016 in which Arrogate ran down heralded older rival California Chrome. Arrogate’s impressive performance in that race followed his effortless 13½-length victory in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga, where he smashed the 37-year-old track and stakes record.
Arrogate, who earned the 2016 Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male in 2016 and was selected as the World’s Best Racehorse by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, was purchased by owner Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
“He was on the short list from (bloodstock agent) Donato Lanni,” Juddmonte’s Garrett O’Rourke said. “At the sale, he was the big, strong, handsome horse he is today. That is what a classic horse should look like. He fit the mold of what we are looking for. We scrutinized him more closely and he is the one we kept coming back to. We feel very lucky and very happy that he was in our shopping basket at Keeneland.”
Arrogate was consigned to the September Sale by breeder Clearsky Farms.
“Arrogate really started to improve about a month before the sale,” Clearsky Farm Manager Barry Robinette said. “He started filling out and became better looking. He was very classy and professional at the sale and showed well every day. It seems like the good ones are really mature. We have about 30 mares at the farm so we are very fortunate to produce horses like Arrogate and (Keeneland Sales graduate) Lord Nelson.”