TDN Weekend

October 2017 Special

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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28 30 A STAR IS BORN Rob Whiteley reflects on Champion 2YO Meadow Star JUDDMONTE Garrett O'Rourke on Arrogate's future Photographers: Adam Coglianese • Susie Raisher • Adam Mooshian • Getty Images • Eclipse Sportswire / Breeders' Cup Photo © • Andrew Watkins • Mathea Kelley/Racingfotos • Mathea Kelley/ Dubai Racing Club • Emma Berry By Tom Pedulla As Arrogate prepares to defend his title for what looms as one of the stiffest editions of the Breeders' Cup Classic in that race's history on a Del Mar surface that may be particularly challenging for him, there can be no debate about his quality. At his best, Arrogate defines greatness. From the Travers (G1) in upstate New York to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) in California to the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in South Florida to the World Cup in Dubai (G1), the gray son of Unbridled's Song staged a tour de force for the ages. From Aug. 27, 2016, when he broke onto the national scene by dashing the fastest mile and a quarter since iconic Saratoga Race Course opened in 1863, through March 25, when he seemed hopelessly beaten at the start of the Dubai World Cup only to recover for an unforgettable last-to-first triumph, Arrogate secured a prominent place in history. 3

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