Four year old Arrogate has been named Longines World’s Best Race horse this week at a dedicated awards ceremony in London.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Arrogate is well deserving of the title bestowed upon him following his rating of 134. He managed to earn the top spot in the ratings following his winner at Santa Anita in November last year.
Bob Baffert’s award winner secured the victory over California Chrome who also ran a great race.
California Chrome finished in a respectable second place in the ratings just behind Arrogate with a rating of 133.
The highest two will run against each other again in the Pegasus world cup this weekend. The question likely to be facing owners and trainers is; can Arrogate hold on to the top spot?
This is the second consecutive year that an American horse has been awarded the title. Last year American Pharoah was awarded the title after earning the top spot in the ratings at 134. Both horses are trained by Baffert who is elated to have one of his horses finish on top again.
There haven’t been many horses based in the US that can claim this accolade, in fact there has only been one in the last twenty years that managed to score a higher rating. Cigar finished with an impressive 135 back in 1996.
Finishing in third was Winx from down under who managed to finish with a personal best score of 132 after running a winner in the Cox Plate.
Almanzor, managed to finish in fourth insuring that Europe wasn’t completely over looked in the ratings. Trained by Frenchman, Jean-Claude Rouget, Almanzor secured the fourth position by achieving winners in the Prix du Jockey Club, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes.
Postponed took the highest spot for Britain finishing in joint eighth position, owing to winners in Dubai, Epsom and at York.
Author Lisa Wood
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