ARCADIA, Calif. — Dubai World Cup winner Arrogate is back at Santa Anita after coming out of quarantine following his return from the Middle East.
The 4-year-old horse won the $10 million race by 2\ lengths last weekend.
Trainer Bob Baffert welcomed Arrogate on Saturday as the horse stepped off a van coming from Los Angeles International Airport.
Baffert says Arrogate will be pointed toward the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 19, followed by the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at the same seaside track north of San Diego. The Hall of Fame trainer says it’s possible Arrogate could race once in between those two events.
Baffert says the horse will train over the next month, but won’t breeze on the track.
Arrogate has won seven of eight career starts and is North America’s all-time leading money winner with $17,084,600.
DEL MAR, Calif. — Long shot Puig finished second in his career debut at Del Mar, with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig supporting the horse on Twitter.
Puig lost by 3 1/4 lengths in the $60,000 fifth race on Sunday at the seaside track north of San Diego. He paid $17.80 and $9.60 at 32-1 odds under jockey Santiago Gonzalez.
The Kentucky-bred colt earned $12,000 in the 6 1/2-furlong race. He is trained by Scott Hansen and owned by Gary Broad.
Puig of the Dodgers re-tweeted a photo of the horse leaving the paddock before the race.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Songbird will return to Saratoga to run in the $700,000 Personal Ensign on Aug. 26 rather than taking on male horses in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar a week earlier.
Owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm said Sunday that Saratoga is his favorite track and the Personal Ensign is the right race for the 4-year-old filly.
Songbird is 13-1 in her career and has earnings of over $4.5 million. Her only loss came by a nose to Beholder in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Songbird put in a five-furlong workout at Del Mar on Sunday, completing the distance in 1:01 in her home state of California.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird earned back-to-back Grade 1 victories at Saratoga last year in the Coaching Club American Oaks and the Alabama.