Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arrogate's Too Polished for Chrome in Classic; RACING REVIEW

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arrogate's Too Polished for Chrome in Classic; RACING REVIEW

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ARROGATE eclipsed California Chrome to top off a fantastic Breeders' Cup meeting with victory in the Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday night.

Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome looked to have matters under control as he set easy fractions in front under Victor Espinoza in the Grade One heat, before kicking for home.

Art Sherman's superstar opened up a gap on the Khalid Abdullahowned Arrogate, but the young pretender would not be denied under Mike Smith, to give trainer Bob Baffert a third Classic victory in a row.

Baffert said: "I was a bit worried, he was just loping around. I thought 'man, I hope I have him fit enough'.

"I thought there was no chance turning for home that he could catch Chrome - Chrome is such a great horse. It takes a lot to get me excited and that was some race."

There were two European winners at the meeting, headed by Queen's Trust who made up for a series of luckless runs for Cheveley Park Stud when landing the Filly & Mare Turf in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

The rider, winning at the meeting for the 12th time, said: "(Winning trainer) Sir Michael Stoute is a genius and he was very sweet on this filly. "She'd missed the target a few times and been very unlucky, but today everything went perfectly. We had a good trip, she found an extra gear in the last 100 yards and we got it on the line."

Later on the card Seamie Heffernan was seen to great effect on Aidan O'Brien's King George winner Highland Reel.

Gifted a huge lead down the back straight, he was never in any danger as he comprehensively saw off Flintshire and Arc winner Found.

Heffernan, bagging his first Breeders' Cup success, said: "I was on a horse that handled the conditions well, the tight track and the fast ground. He is straightforward and is very sound, and he stays hardy.

"Given the choice I'd have ridden Found, it's nice to be on the team and nice to get the opportunities.

"I have a lot of people to thank."

Back in Britain, it was a good day for Paul Nicholls with winners at Aintree and Wincanton, but it could have been even better with no less than three runners falling at the last when also holding claims. …

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