Arrogate wins $12 million Pegasus Cup

Arrogatewins$12millionPegasusCup

January29,20171:30pm。

byAAP

Recentlynamedtheworldsbestracehorse,Arrogatehaswontheworldsrichestrace,the$12millionPegasusWorldCupInvitationalinFloridawhileCaliforniaChromehasendedhiscareeronadisappointingnote。

HallofFamejockeyMikeSmithpilotedfour-year-oldBobBaffert-trainedArrogateintotheleadwithadominantrunaroundthefinalturnandhepulledawaydownthestraighttowinby3-1/2lengths。

Arrogatecoveredthe1810metresatGulfstreamParkonSaturday(SundayAEDT)inanunofficialtimeof1minute,47。

61secondstosecurethe$7millionfirstprize。

ShamanGhostfinishedsecond,withNeolithicbattlinghomethird。

CaliforniaChrome,fadedinthestraightinthefinalraceofastand-outcareerwhichincludedvictoriesatthe2014KentuckyDerbyandPreaknessStakesandthe2016DubaiWorldCup。

ItwasadisappointingclimaxtoamuchanticipatedrepeatshowdownbetweenArrogateandCaliforniaChrome,whohadplacedone-twoafterathrillingfinishtotheBreedersCupClassicthreemonthsagoatSantaAnitainCalifornia。

Anotherincredibleperformance,SmithtoldNBCSports。

Iwasabletousethefirstturntoouradvantage,stayedontherailitwasjustamatterofgettingthetrip。

IlookedhalfwaydownthebacksideandIsaw(jockey)Victor(Espinoza)havingthenudgeonChromealittle。

HehadmerightwherehewantedmebutChromejustdidntfirehisracetodayatall。

Believeme,thatsnottheCaliforniaChromeIknow。

Hewouldhavebeenontopofme。

Iwasabletotipoutandhe(Arrogate)wasgoneafterthat。

Idontmeananydisrespecttotheothergoodhorses,buthegottogeardownthelast100yards。

CaliforniaChrome,NorthAmericasall-timeleadingmoneyearnerandtheHorseoftheYearin2014and2016,endedhisstellarcareerplacedninthina12-runnerfield,hisworsteverfinishin27starts。