The world’s top-ranked racehorse, Arrogate, will retire to stud after contesting the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar in the US next month.
Bookmakers have priced him up at 3-1 to win that prestigious international contest.
The four-year-old is a four-time winner at Group 1 level for trainer Bob Baffert, counting last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup in March among those triumphs.
He has failed to show his best in his two most recent starts but connections were pleased with his work efforts at Santa Anita on Tuesday and owner Khalid Abdullah is eager to get his stud career underway with his Juddmonte breeding arm next year.
Juddmonte farm manager Garrett O’Rourke told Thoroughbred Daily News: “Prince Khalid is enjoying the career of Arrogate and the tremendous world of success he’s had, but we’re obviously an operation that has a huge breeding arm and all of us anticipated adding a magnificent stallion prospect to our roster.
“Especially over here in the US, on the heels of the tremendous success we’ve had (in Europe) with Frankel and, prior to that, Dansili, Oasis Dream, it’s something of great excitement and anticipation for us to have Arrogate here.
“But, ultimately, it had to be Prince Khalid’s decision and he’s finally been ready to make that decision.”
Despite his recent disappointments, Arrogate remains the No 1-rated horse in the world, followed by Australian star Winx and Arc heroine Enable. – Sporting Life