For the second consecutive year, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has named Arrogate the World’s Best Racehorse with a rating of 134. In second with a 132 rating is Australian superstar Winx.
Arrogate, a son of Unbridled’s Song, was bred by Clearsky Farms, which sold him to owner Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 at Keeneland’s 2014 September Yearling Sale. Trained by Bob Baffert, Arrogate won the world’s two richest races in 2017: $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park and $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) at Meydan. With $17,422,600 in earnings, he is North America’s richest racehorse of all time. Arrogate raced for the final time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar before retiring to stud at Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
This marks the third year in a row that a North American runner trained by Baffert was named World’s Best Racehorse. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received the award in 2015 with a 134 rating.
Collected, also sold at the 2014 September Sale, is one of three horses with a rating of 124, equaling Ribchester (IRE) and Japan’s Kitasan Black. Consigned by co-breeder Runnymede Farm, Collected was purchased for $150,000 by SGV Thoroughbreds. The son of City Zip, trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Speedway Stable, won the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), Californian (G2), Precisionist (G3) and Santana Mile Stakes in 2017.
Arrogate and Collected are both finalists for Eclipse Awards, which recognize North American champions and will be presented Thursday, Jan. 25, at Gulfstream Park. Arrogate is in the running for Horse of the Year honors, while he and Collected are finalists for the Eclipse as champion older dirt male.
The World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are determined by international handicappers according to the performance of horses around the world.