Ar­ro­gate to re­tire af­ter Clas­sic

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Joe Nevills

Cham­pion Ar­ro­gate will be re­tired fol­low­ing this year’s Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic at Del Mar and will en­ter stud for the 2018 breed­ing sea­son at Jud­dmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky.

A fee will be de­ter­mined later for the 4-year-old son of Un­bri­dled’s Song, who is owned by Jud­dmonte and has won 7 of 10 starts for earn­ings of $17,302,600, a North Amer­i­can record.

His fi­nal start will be a de­fense of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic vic­tory at Santa Anita, which helped him se­cure that sea­son’s cham­pion 3-yearold male hon­ors and made him a fi­nal­ist for Horse of the Year.

“It’s been an ex­cit­ing ride,” said Gar­rett O’Rourke, Jud­dmonte’s U.S. rac­ing and farm man­ager. “He’s been an iconic horse to be in­volved in. He has given us thrills be­yond imag­i­na­tion, not just for the tal­ent that he has, but for the ex­cite­ment of his vic­to­ries. That’s what I think ig­nited the real in­ter­est from fans.”

Ar­ro­gate burst into na­tional promi­nence with a win in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, break­ing the track record for 1 1/4 miles at Saratoga. He wrapped up his 2016 cam­paign fin­ish­ing on top in a matchup with run­ner-up Cal­i­for­nia Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic.

Ar­ro­gate re­turned to beat Cal­i­for­nia Chrome again in the in­au­gu­ral Pe­ga­sus World Cup, then won the Dubai World Cup. He most re­cently fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 1 Pa­cific Clas­sic on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

“That unique bril­liance and dom­i­nance that he had as a race­horse, and at the clas­sic dis­tance, is what ev­ery­one wants to try to pro­duce and present at the sales,” O’Rourke said. “They are the horses that end up win­ning the huge prize money, and when you look at the prize money he won, I think that’s every owner’s dream.”

O’Rourke said Ar­ro­gate gets his speed from Un­bri­dled’s Song and his great-grand­dam, the cham­pion 2-year-old filly Meadow Star.

“But I think that Un­bri­dled stamina al­lows him to carry that speed for 10 fur­longs,” O’Rourke said. “I think that’s what makes him re­ally ex­cit­ing, mesh­ing that 2-year-old cham­pion bril­liance that he has in his pedi­gree with the clas­sic stamina. That’s what made him a track record breaker.”

Ar­ro­gate’s post-Breeders’ Cup re­tire­ment quashes a po­ten­tial start in next year’s Pe­ga­sus World Cup. Cal­i­for­nia Chrome ran in the late Jan­uary race this year be­fore en­ter­ing stud in early Fe­bru­ary at Tay­lor Made Stal­lions.

O’Rourke said the idea of run­ning Ar­ro­gate in the Pe­ga­sus was on the ta­ble, but gear­ing him up for that race would es­sen­tially war­rant gear­ing him up for an en­tire 5-year-old cam­paign. The Jud­dmonte staff ob­served Cal­i­for­nia Chrome’s ex­pe­dited turn­around from the race­track to the breed­ing shed and de­cided that end­ing Ar­ro­gate’s ca­reer af­ter the Breeders’ Cup would ben­e­fit him from a prepa­ra­tion and devel­op­ment stand­point and would ben­e­fit Jud­dmonte in terms of pro­mot­ing its new­est stal­lion.

“The good horse­man­ship way to do it is to re­tire him af­ter the Breeders’ Cup, let the horse let down, re­lax, and from the mar­ket­ing point of view, the right thing to do is al­low the breeders to view the horse so they may se­lect the ab­so­lute best mates for the horse based on the eval­u­a­tion of his good looks and con­for­ma­tion,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, if you only ar­rive at the farm in Fe­bru­ary, that will make the de­ci­sion more dif­fi­cult for breeders.”

Jud­dmonte has al­ready been pre­par­ing for Ar­ro­gate’s ar­rival by pur­chas­ing mares to in­clude in his ini­tial book, in­clud­ing Paulas­sil­ver­lin­ing. The Ghostzap­per mare was a mul­ti­ple Grade 2 win­ner be­fore be­ing bought pri­vately ear­lier this year and has since be­come a mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner un­der the Jud­dmonte col­ors.

BAR­BARA D. LIVINGSTON

Ar­ro­gate will stand stud in 2018 at Jud­dmonte Farms.

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