His regular jockey declined the ride on the leggy gray colt (he rode to the second place finish on another Baffert colt, American Freedom) and is likely kicking himself. And incidentally, jockey Mike Smith, who rode the gray colt to the win, also rode Arrogate's dad. But no one expected the gray colt out of Unbridled's Song to come out and win this race in stunning fashion. Baffert has another clear winner on his hands for sure. The Breeder's Cup Classic in November is looking to be quite a race with the likely addition of this blazing fast colt.
Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farm, Arrogate was a $560,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase. Third in his first start at Los Alamitos in April, the colt came back nearly two months later to win by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita. Progressing through his allowance conditions in two more starts, Arrogate continued to win for Baffert, improving his pre-Travers record to three wins from four starts. The Travers victory improves the colt's overall earnings to over $880,000. Stay tuned!