The former "Richest horse race in the world" (Prior to the Pegasus Cup) is going to be ran Saturday morning and there's very little buzz around it.
That's too bad. Because the Dubai World Cup is, on paper, a very entertaining race and will be featuring what I think is a very special horse in Arrogate, the 1-3 Morning Line favorite. Running against him is a pretty strong field including Gun Runner, a talented horse that hasn't lived up to his potential in big races, Hopportunity, a horse that's scored some big, big wins in the past over good horses, Keen Ice, who is "gritty" in horse terms, and Mubtaajij, a horse from Ireland who always seems to be in with a chance.
None of these horses are as strong, on paper, as Arrogate however. The late-blooming Bob Baffert horse who has made a mockery of the field in every race he's ran. Most recently you saw him beat the great California Chrome in the Pegasus, and he won the Breeder's Cup as well. In fact, had he not developed so late he might have been a Triple Crown winner in 2016. He's that good.
Locally, Sam Houston Race Park is opening their doors at 6:30 AM to allow for simulcast betting.
I'll be there. Look for the guy wearing throwback checkerboard Vans.
Let's talk ponies.