Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner Arrogate will make his next start for Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline on March 25, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday.
"I just got the call and we've got the green light to send him to Dubai as long as he's doing well," Baffert said. “[The decision] came down from Prince Khalid."
Baffert said multiple graded stakes winner Hoppertunity, who finished third in last year's Dubai World Cup for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, will be going as well. The team is still in the process of figuring out the date of when the pair will ship over to Dubai, but is aiming for around March 13.
"He looked great. I'm really happy the way he's come out of the Pegasus Cup," Baffert said of Arrogate, who posted a one-mile workout at Santa Anita Park Feb. 27.
With a win in Dubai, Arrogate would become the all-time leading North American-based earner at more than $17 million, surpassing the $14,752,650 secured by California Chrome.
On Monday, Santa Anita clockers had Arrogate working in fractions of :24 1/5, :36 2/5, :48 flat, and 1:12 flat for six furlongs, galloping out to seven furlongs in 1:25 and completing the mile in 1:38 2/5.
"He hasn't regressed or anything, he looked fantastic. He's enjoying himself, and he did it the right way. I'm really happy with the way he's going. He's just holding his form very well," Baffert said.
Juddmonte purchased Kentucky-bred Arrogate, a son of Unbridled’s Song, for $560,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale. The 4-year-old colt now boasts a record of six wins from seven starts and earnings of more than $11 million, boosted by $7 million in earnings in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, which he won by 4 ¾ lengths.
The son of Candy Ride, who is undefeated in three starts and most recently won the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity on Dec. 10, went six furlongs in 1:15 flat. The colt will make his next start in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11.
"He's doing really well. He's got a great foundation, and he's learned to settle," Baffert said. "I've had the chance to teach him a few things. I love the way he's progressing."
Mastery currently ranks 14th on the leaderboard for the Road to the Kentucky Derby, with 10 qualifying points, and has $240,000 in earnings.