Looking to surpass California Chrome as the richest thoroughbred in North American history, Arrogate enters Saturday night’s $10 million Dubai World Cup as a strong favorite.
Gun Runner, Mubtaahij and Hoppertunity headline a strong group ready to challenge 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse award winner, but it’s going to take a near-perfect run to knock Arrogate off the throne.
Either way, the world’s second richest horse race should be a thrilling one. Here’s a complete look at where the horses will start, as well as their odds to win at Meydan Racecourse:
2017 Dubai World Cup Post Positions & Odds
1. Apollo Kentucky (USA): 40/1
2. Long River (USA): 40/1
3. Gold Dream (JPN): 40/1
4. Lani (USA): 50/1
5. Gun Runner (USA): 7/1
6. Move Up (GB): 40/1
7. Awardee (USA): 40/1
8. Furia Cruzada (CHI): 66/1
9. Arrogate (USA): 1/3
10. Keen Ice (USA): 33/1
11. Neolithic (USA): 25/1
12. Hoppertunity (USA): 14/1
13. Special Fighter (IRE): 33/1
14. Mubtaahij (IRE): 8/1
It’s not too difficult to see why. Last August, the Bob Baffert-trained horse set a new track record at the Grade-1 Travers Stakes. A month-and-a-half later, he put together a furious comeback to defeat California Chrome at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In January, he destroyed Chrome and the rest of a stacked field at the Pegasus World Cup, the only race richer than the Dubai World Cup.
“I know I have a great horse,” said Baffert. “If he just repeats his last race we’ll be in good shape.”
In last year’s Dubai World Cup, Mubtaahij and Hoppertunity–the latter also being one of Baffert’s horses–finished second and third behind California Chrome:
Throw in Keen Ice, who fared well at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Gun Runner, who is coming off wins in the Grade-1 Clark Handicup and Grade-3 Razorback Handicap, and Lani, a sneaky bet who has won before on this track, and it’s a really strong field surrounding the favorite.
Ultimately, though, Arrogate has proven that if he’s on top of his game, he’s pretty much unbeatable.