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Juddmonte’s son of Unbridled’s Song wins the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup by an uncontested 4l, writes Melissa Bauer-Herzog

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nly days after being crowned the World’s Best Racehorse in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings and a week after winning the Eclipse award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Arrogate kicked his 2017 off with a commanding victory in the (G1) Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on January 28. The Juddmonte Farms-owned four-yearold looks as though he is another super colt in training with Bob Baffert after winning all three of his stakes races – all Grade 1 events – in spectacular style. In fact, his 134 rating achieved on the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings in 2016 is the same as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s rating in 2015. While the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup was billed as a Breeders’ Cup Classic rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome, the match-up never materialized. Already at a disadvantage due to his post position, California Chrome dropped back to finish an eased-up ninth in the final start of his career. Arrogate won by a geared down four and three-quarter lengths with Shaman Ghost

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(Ghostzapper) making a case as a horse to watch in second over Neolithic. The Pegasus World Cup card broke Gulfstream Park’s previous $32 million handle record set during the 2016 14 race Florida Derby card, by bringing in $40.2 million for the 12-race Pegasus card. The record-breaking handle was good news for owners who bought the $1 million spots in the Pegasus. Each was not only guaranteed a race position, but also a take home cheque as a percentage of the handle and the sponsorship. While there had been talk about moving the race to Santa Anita Park in 2017, it now sounds as though it will remain at Gulfstream Park for at least one more year The Pegasus World Cup was one of a few major events that took place at Gulfstream Park in late January and early February. The week before the Pegasus, the 46th annual Eclipse Awards were held at the track. History was made at the end of the night when California Chrome became the first horse since John Henry to win the Horse of the Year award in non-consecutive years in 1981 and 1984. While not a unanimous decision, California Chrome was given the majority of first place votes, 202 compared to the 40 Arrogate

The field leave the gate for the first-ever running of the Pegasus World Cup, which, until February and the Australian announcement of the Everest Cup, was the richest race in the world

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