Weekly Horse Racing News

Arrogate should retire according to Bob Baffert

The 4-year old Colt was subject to harsh criticism after a disappointing Breeder’s Cup Classic by trainer and legend Bob Baffert. Arrogate has racked up an intimidating stature among North Carolina thoroughbreds, and is their all-time highest money winner.  Arrogate looked uninterested and never gave Gun Runner a run for the money, grabbing fifth place. Baffert also showed valid points and said that Arrogate is way past his prime. He also said that he has lost the zeal to compete, and it shows that his time is up. Veteran of many races, Arrogate had a life-defining 2016 season clinching the IFHA’s World’s Best Racehorse after triumphing over California Chrome in the Classic.

British Horseracing Authority provides shoulder to Gay Kelleway

The past week has seen many sexual harassment cases brought into everybody’s attention irrespective of the field. Gay Kelleway, a former leading amateur hockey had been subjected to career-long sexual harassment as claimed by Daily Mirror. In the wake of such events, the British Horseracing Authority was quick to issue a support statement and felt aggrieved that Gay had to go through such a tumultuous time throughout her career. The statement reads that the Authority strictly prohibits such things in sport, and has implemented ways to reduce and fight against bullying and any kind of harassments. BHA has urged the victims to register an instant complaint by dialling up to the 24/7 confidential helpline, run by Racing Welfare.

Forever Unbridled won a tight affair

The 5-year old Forever Unbridled was given a tough competition by 3-year old Abel Tasman. Unbridled was chased down by Tasman and looked more like a duel in what was the richest race of the year for Mares and Fillies. Unbridled showed great acceleration after it broke free from outside. Jockey John Velazquez said that he wanted to save ground in the first turn, and that was their key to success. Velazquez had no intention of going all guns blazing from the start and followed Favourite Elate closely. However, Elate came to an unexpected halt, which was a little too soon for Unbridled to take the lead as calculated by Velazquez. Paradise Woods showed great composure and finished third with Champagne Room breathing down her neck. Bob Baffert lauded Unbridled and said that she had tried harder, and got the result she deserved. This was her 4th Grade One Win.

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