The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion has returned to training ahead of the 2017 Pegasus Cup which will be hosted by Gulfstream Park. The $12 million continues to baffle horse players as only two horses have been officially declared. This includes California Chrome and Arrogate.
It would be an absolutely thrilling rematch of the Classic, which crowned Arrogate at the end of an incredible weekend of racing at Santa Anita. Drilling at that same track this week, the three-year-old colt hit :49 flat over four furlongs, which rates strongly considering the tempo of the work.
“I was going to go three-eighths with him, but he was pulling around there,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He did it pretty easy. He looks great. He can get a little bored out there. Going back to the barn he was playing around a lot.”
Like almost every other owner and trainer involved with the mysterious Pegasus Cup, Bob Baffert is unsure if his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion will actually compete. “If we go to the Pegasus, I really wouldn’t know until like January first,” Baffert continued. “I could get him ready in three weeks. It’s not a big deal. We’d like to be there, (but) it’s just too far off right now. I don’t see anything that would say I wouldn’t go to it. As of today, we’re quietly pointing for it, as long as he’s doing great. Right now I don’t see any reason not to go. I can tell he’s starting to look stronger. His frame is filling out a little bit. I could get him ready really quick. With the great ones, you can get away with that.”
Arrogate will get about 12 weeks between his last race and the next one if he decides to go in the Pegasus Cup. Prior to becoming the Breeders’ Cup Classic champion, he had about 10 weeks to prepare following his incredible win at the Travers.
There is more to come concerning the Pegasus Cup as almost nobody has a clear picture of what to expect. Something that’s been floated around is a match race between California Chrome and Arrogate. Truth be told, that’s what the Pegasus Cup will probably end up being anyways.