He'll be back - Baffert says Arrogate will be ready after upset

July 25, 2017
Trainer Bob Baffert is interviewed after Arrogate finished fourth in the Grade II, $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California.

DEL MAR, California (AP):

Bob Baffert wasn't beating himself up a day after Arrogate's upset loss in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar that snapped the seven-race winning streak of the world's top-ranked horse.

The Hall of Fame trainer said on Sunday that other than getting a lot of dirt in his eyes and mouth the four-year-old colt emerged in good physical condition after finishing fourth, beaten by 151/4 lengths as the 1-20 favourite.

Baffert says that as long as Arrogate continues working out well and nothing comes up, the colt will run in the $1-million Pacific Classic on August 19 at Del Mar. Baffert says Arrogate "will be ready next time".

Arrogate was never better than fourth among the five-horse field during the race. Accelerate led all the way and won by 81/2 lengths.

Mike Smith tried everything he could with Arrogate. He moved the colt to the outside, but he didn't pick up the pace. Smith dropped him down near the rail before wheeling him outside once more.

Nothing worked.

"He just wasn't trying," the Hall of Fame jockey said.


Winning streak


Accelerate stunned overwhelming favourite Arrogate, snapping the seven-race winning streak of the world's top-ranked horse. Arrogate finished fourth, his first race since March 25 in Dubai.

"I'm at a loss for words," Smith said. "He was just flat, so flat."

His trainer, Bob Baffert, was blunter, saying Arrogate "laid an egg".

It wasn't the first time Accelerate got the best of Arrogate. Last year at Los Alamitos, Accelerate beat Arrogate by a neck in the colt's career debut in a race won by another horse. It was Arrogate's lone loss until Saturday.

"I thought he'd run better than that," Baffert said, "but he just didn't want to go."

Accelerate lived up to his name, leading all the way while covering eight and-a-half furlongs in 1:42.15.

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