Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Classic Rematch As Arrogate Takes On Chrome

Classic Rematch As Arrogate Takes On Chrome

The richest race in the world, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational pitches twelve top horses against one other at Gulfstream Park on Saturday evening. The innovative idea where owners pay $1million for a starting spot in the race, will see a rematch of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where Arrogate edged California Chrome to the line.

The key to unlocking the race could be the slightly shorter distance, with the Pegasus World Cup at 9 furlongs being a full furlong less than the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Arrogate needed virtually every yard of the 1m2f in the Classic to get in front of California Chrome.

William Hill punters are so far siding with Arrogate to confirm the form. He is the best-backed, ahead of California Chrome, with virtually nothing else appealing to backers.

“It’s all about Arrogate vs California Chrome in the Pegasus. Punters don’t want to back anything else,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “If any other horse wins, we’ll join the owners in the champagne bar because it would be a great result.”

William Hill make Arrogate the 10-11 favourite, with California Chrome at 5-4. It’s a virtual match race, as the betting is 20-1 bar.

Pegasus World Cup Invitational: 10-11 Arrogate, 5-4 California Chrome, 20-1 Neolithic, Shaman Ghost, 25-1 Keen Ice, Noble Bird, 40-1 Breaking Lucky, 66-1 Eragon, War Story, 100-1 Prayer For Relief, Semper Fortis, War Envoy, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)