World number one Arrogate suffers shock setback
The world of horse racing faced a major shock when the world’s best horse, Arrogate suffered a shock defeat. The horse rated by many as the world’s top horse finished in the fourth position at the Del Mar in California. Arrogate was coming hot with a seven win streak and was favoured heavily to win his eighth race. With such a dismal performance many were wondering whether the four-year-old horse was injured or not. But his jockey Mike Smith along with trainer Bob Baffert assured that Arrogate was doing alright. While Arrogate faltered, Accelerate stormed ahead of his competitors cruising in for the win. The horse won by 8-1/2 lengths while Arrogate trailed 15-1/4 behind him. Arrogate’s jockey Mike Smith was himself shocked at the prize winning favourite display. He was sure Arrogate would pick up as it did in Dubai Cup but the horse could not pick up. Arrogate has won some impressive races including Breeder’s Cup, Travers, Dubai World Cup and Pegasus World Cup. With a career earning of over $17 million, Arrogate is the highest money winner among North American race horses. With Arrogate’s loss at the Del Mar, Australian mare Winx has favourite chance of climbing the world rankings.
Final Copy wins Toronto Cup
Hall of Famer, Roger Attfield won his first Toronto Cup with race horse Final Copy at the Woodbine. Final Copy is the three-year-old son of Malibu Moon and is owned by Chiefswood Stables. The young horse out sped race favourite Conquest Lemonraid at the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Final Copy won its first money triumph, winning $119,400. Luis Contreras’s horse, Night Watchman, took an early lead in the beginning while Final Copy started easy. The horse’s trainer Rafael Hernandez kept in 4th place behind Conquest Lemonraid who was second. As the track turned for home, Lemonraid gained on leading Night Watchman with Final Copy edges behind it. Final Copy ultimately out ran the favourite who had to settle for a third place in a good race field. This win also marked the horse’s third win from six starts.
Gun Runner fastest among 16 other horses
Gun Runner showed the results of its hard work at the race course. The Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimney trained and bred horse breezed five furlongs for the Grade 1 Whitney. With jockey Florent Geroux riding on its back, the three-year-old raced past 16 other competitors in 1:00.01. Trainer Steve Asmussen praised the race horse for its hard work and determination. The colt was in good form in 2016 as a contender for the Triple Crown Trail and with back to back Grade 2 wins at the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby.