Arrogate strolls to Pegasus as Chrome flops

California Chrome preps for one last race before retirement

California Chrome preps for one last race before retirement

"What a superior horse he is", Baffert said.

Instead it was the very public passing of the baton from the retiring America's favourite horse to America's latest greatest. The Pegasus win was his sixth in a row.

Now, Chrome heads to the breeding shed and Arrogate heads to who knows what kind of greatness. Despite coming eye-to-eye with Horse of the Year California Chrome down the backstretch, 4-year-old Arrogate was able to make his move around the far turn and romp by 4 3/4 lengths; California Chrome finished ninth after being hung wide on the first turn. Arrogate won by 4 ¾ lengths.

"I feel bad about California Chrome", Baffert added.

"With all respect to the other horses we got to gear down, he's got some turn of foot, some stride".

Arrogate paid $3.80 to win and took home the $7 million winner's share of the purse.

What remained was little more than a victory parade for the Bob Baffert trained Arrogate as he was out on his own in the straight, finishing clear of Shaman Ghost and Neolithic. "I never thought I'd be here in a $12 million race". He was named the 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. "Believe me, that's not the California Chrome I know".

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Speaking on At The Races, California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman was magnanimous in defeat. "It's the first bad race he's ever run for me". "He didn't run a great race today so that matchup never came about". "That horse is really a super-nice horse, I can't say enough about him".

There were 12 horses in the starting gate but the other 10 were considered long shots.

Its unique format had horsemen/owners buying into the race.

There was no immediate explanation for why California Chrome had fared so poorly, having been first or second in his previous 11 races, a run that began in the autumn of 2014. California Chrome made it to even terms with Arrogate at the top of the backstretch, and the two champions traveled stride for stride as they galloped along, tracking the leader through a half-mile in:46.14. 5 million in in earnings.

Chrome had an unsettled four-year-old season in 2015, disrupted by injury, before returning as a five-year-old.

Favourite Arrogate won the world's richest race, the $12 million World Cup Invitational, in emphatic fashion as California Chrome ended his career on a disappointing note in Florida on Saturday. The Hall of Fame trainer was concerned that if California Chrome were at his best, that Espinoza would have been able to trap Arrogate down on the rail approaching the far turn, delaying his final rally.

Despite the loss, California Chrome was once again voted Horse of the Year.

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