LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 24, 2017) – Two graduates of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale – Arrogate and Lady Aurelia – have been internationally recognized for their 2016 campaigns.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) named Arrogate the World’s Best Racehorse in 2016 with a 134 rating. Meanwhile, Lady Aurelia is Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly of the year, according to handicappers assembled by the European Pattern Committee.
Honored Saturday with the 2016 Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male, Arrogate is rated at 134. The colt won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) by a half-length over California Chrome, who is rated second at 133 and was named the 2016 Horse of the Year. The Breeders’ Cup Classic ranked as the 2016 World’s Best Horse Race with a rating of 125.25.
Arrogate, by Unbridled’s Song, was bred by Clearsky Farms, which sold him to owner Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 at the 2014 September Sale. Trained by Bob Baffert, Arrogate won five of six races in 2016. He captured the Travers (G1) by 13½ lengths and broke the 37-year-old track record.
This is the second consecutive year that an American runner has been named the World’s Best Racehorse. In 2015, American Pharoah, also trained by Baffert, topped the rankings with a 134 rating. The only U.S.-based horse to be rated higher in the last two decades is Cigar, who finished 1996 at 135.
Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, is Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly with a rating of 121 – one less than Irish-bred champion juvenile male Churchill. Lady Aurelia won her debut at Keeneland in April and went on to win the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville.
A finalist for the 2016 Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly, Lady Aurelia races for breeder Stonestreet Farm in partnership with George Bolton and Peter Leidel. Bolton and Leidel purchased the Scat Daddy filly for $350,000 from the consignment of James M. Herbener Jr. at the 2015 September Sale.