World's 'best' horse Arrogate beaten at $1.10

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 24, 2017

That celebration did not happen. The "bridge jumpers" piled in as Arrogate drew $1,320,483m of the $1,402,055 bet to show (finish in the first three) - which is why they call them "bridge jumpers", because they might well feel like jumping off a bridge if their horse is not placed.

"I thought he'd run better than that", Baffert said, "but he just didn't want to go". "We were going around there okay and then I took him outside like I did in the (Dubai World Cup), but he just didn't pick it up". So I dropped him inside again and cut the corner, then wheeled him outside once more and tried to get something from him, but he was just flat. He wasn't trying. So I just wrapped up on him and got him home safe. "Get it back right".

Sadler said if someone was intent on the lead, he would have been happy with Accelerate sitting second, but when El Huerfano stumbled badly at the start, Victor Espinoza seized the moment and went straight to the front.

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"I'm at a loss for words", said Smith. "I thought I'd sit second or third, but when that speed horse (El Huerfano) stumbled at the start, I made an easy lead".

Hronis, who owns Accelerate with his brother, Pete, said he got the chills in the post parade when track announcer Trevor Denman described Arrogate as the best horse in the world. He's a nice horse.

Accelerate, who now joins 1996 Pacific Classic victor Dare and Go as winners of the races that produced the biggest upsets in track history, has the distinction of beating Arrogate the only two times they met.

The Bob Baffert-trained grey was making his return to racing in the G2 San Diego Stakes (1710) at Del Mar and was expected to make short work of his four rivals. You don't want to concede anything, but I'm surprised we won, because Arrogate is the best horse in the world. A couple of things went right for us, and one of them was that Arrogate didn't fire his best. "That's what kinda has to happen for some of these big upsets".

"I tipped him out like I did in Dubai", Smith said, referring to Arrogate's powerful victory in his last start, the Dubai World Cup.

Under the race's handicap conditions, Arrogate carried high weight of 126 pounds, spotting Accelerate nine pounds. I prepped him pretty much like usual, but I came into this race thinking I really didn't have to do that much with him. I just think I didn't have him ready. He wore blinkers for the first time in the San Diego after finishing third behind Collected and Cat Burglar in the Grade 3 Precisionist at Santa Anita on June 24. "Giving 8lb to the horse she ran down late in the stretch after breaking through the gate, going a little wide, she just overcame everything. I think he just laid an egg".

"I think he's alright". But he was just flat.

Accelerate returned $17.60, $32.60, and $22.

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