Gray Horses Matter

Arrogate is a great horse. In fact, he may be the best to look down a bridle in decades.

Having said that, he’s no California Chrome. Or Zenyatta or American Pharoah for that matter.

Let me explain.

Arrogate doesn’t have those humble beginnings of California Chrome that seemed to inspire so many people. His original owners reminded those of Jed Clampett, as the Dumb-Asses “were shooting at some food and up to the ground came a bubbling crude.” This is a horse who had people waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning just to watch him have a workout.

Arrogate also doesn’t have a flair for the dramatic like Zenyatta. His Breeder’s Cup win over California Chrome was sensational, but not “Un-be-lievable!” like hers and the kind that has the connections on the verge of tears.

And no matter what Arrogate accomplishes in his career, he will never be able to lay claim to being a Triple Crown winner like American Pharoah. It’s not his fault, of course, he didn’t get the chance to compete in those races.

Arrogate is like a Ninja, and not those sweet Teenage Mutant Turtle types. He’s a four-legged assassin that strikes more fear than worship.

It’s time to do something about this before its too late, which is why I am trying to organize a national fan club for this brilliant racehorse. We could call it “Surro-gates” or “Arrogate’s Army”.

Come on Chromies, Zenyatta Zealots and the hordes that came out to see American Pharoah do nothing more than take a bath. Let’s get behind this brilliant racehorse and help make American Racing Great Again!

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Quick Takes:

Inspired by all those prop bets swirling around the Super Bowl, here’s one: Which will last longer – Arrogate’s racing career or Donald Trump’s Presidency?

Can you imagine if Trevor Denman has inserted an explanation for eventual winner Empress Suiko’s name during the call of the second race last Sunday at Santa Anita? That’s what makes Michael Wrona unique, and he picked the perfect race, a mile with slow maiden claimers, to give us a history lesson.

The Pegasus World Cup is obviously here to stay in some shape and form, and we have a suggestion for tweaking the weight conditions of the race. Next year, how about 5 lbs off for any horse who hasn’t won a race in three and a half years?

Art Sherman was back at his Los Alamitos base Monday morning and was his usual smiling self. Having a horse like Dortmund fill that luxury stall no doubt helps take some of the sting away from losing Chrome to the breeding shed.

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