On March 25, American racehorse Arrogate won the Dubai Word Cup to become the highest earning horse in racing history, and he did it in spectacular fashion. He stumbled out of the gate and started the race at the back of the pack, 12 lengths off the lead at one point. Gradually, he began gaining on the other horses and went on to win by two and a quarter lengths, making it look easy.
Arrogate, purchased by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms as a yearling for $560,000, has won seven of his eight lifetime races, earning more than $17 million dollars. His jockey, Mike Smith, rode champion Zenyatta to 19 victories by coming from behind, so he was the perfect jockey to manage Arrogate’s stumble out of the gate. Here’s a look at how he won:
His handler, Bob Baffert, who also trained Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh, said after the race: “This is the greatest horse we’ve seen since Secretariat…That is the best I’ve ever seen in my life.” Arrogate’s likely to command the highest stud fee in the country, higher than American Pharaoh’s $200,000. Aside from that, what’s next for the young horse who has already won the greatest international races? Only time will tell.