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NOTES: The winning owner is Phil Bongiavanni of Yorba Linda who races as Gulliver Racing LLC. TED H. WEST, MOTOWN MEN, WINNER: “I don’t think he’s ever come from off the pace on the inside like that. I remember when we claimed him, somebody said, ‘He’s a good horse, but I think he’s a need-the-lead type.’ Not only was he not on the lead, he was down on the rail taking some dirt. I didn’t know how he’d respond, but I didn’t have to wait too long to see.“It kind of looked to me like he’d be better on the dirt (when asked why he claimed him). He’d run some synthetic and turf and not many dirt . . . He was a Cal-bred and he runs good every time. We’ll probably give him a little time. This is three races in six weeks. He worried me a little bit today in the paddock because he got a bit hot and a little on the muscle, indicating he may be getting a little racy, so we’ll probably give him five or six weeks before his next race.”CO-OWNER PHIL BONGIOVANNI, MOTOWN MEN, WINNER: “It’s the first stakes race our stable has won on its own. We won a stakes race down in Del Mar with some partners. This is our first stakes race with Ted (H. West) as well. We’ve been with him for three-four years. We support Ted 100 percent. For us, it’s more important to see him win than us. I’m just real happy for him. He claimed the horse, he fixed the horse and here we are.” JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, MOTOWN MEN, WINNER: “Going in to the far turn I had the rail and my horse was really running. When I grabbed him (approaching the furlong pole), I didn’t really know if he would get goin’ again. For a split second I kind of had to jump (Spirit Rules’) heels and then reached back and got them one more time.“Ted has been amazing with this horse. The horse has been unbelievable training in the mornings and he shows up in the afternoon. I found out that he can take a little dirt in the face if he has to. He’s a spectacular horse to ride, he’s an honest horse. He wants to win. It’s been an awesome day for me.”TRAINER QUOTES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2017)–In his final work in preparation for next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and an epic rematch with legendary California Chrome, Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate went an easy six furlongs in 1:12.13 prior to today’s first race at about 11:45 a.m. Santa Anita Timer Dane Nelson had Arrogate through splits of 24.82 (while well off the rail), 48.87 and 1:01.02. Nelson had the grey or roan colt by Unbridled’s Song galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24.37 and a mile in 1:38.32–on a main track that was listed by Track Superintendent Dennis Moore as “wet-fast.”As he has done the past two weekends, Arrogate, idle since defeating California Chrome by a half length in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, entered Santa Anita’s main track via the quarter mile chute and galloped straight off through the stretch under jockey Martin Garcia.With Baffert, wife Jill and longtime friend George Jacobs, who is the owner of workmate Uninvited, watching the drill from a private suite atop the track’s box seat area, Arrogate was set down for business coming to the three quarter pole, about 10 links behind Uninvited. He then closed the gap to about four lengths at the quarter pole, prevailing by a measured neck at the wire as Garcia stayed down into the Club House turn.“What a relief that was,” said Baffert. “I’ve been on pins and needles watching this severe weather pattern. If I’d known we were going to get this much rain, I might’ve gone to Florida for his last work. I love the way he’s training…Last time (Jan. 15), he went a little too quick (early). Today, Martin went off slow with him and he just kept him underneath him.“He’s fit but we have to wait another week and we’ll need some racing luck. Dennis Moore’s done a great job with this track and I couldn’t be happier. He’ll leave early Tuesday.”According to Baffert, Arrogate is scheduled to be flown early Tuesday morning to south Florida, where he’ll then be vanned to Gulfstream.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who was also a record setting winner of the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga two starts back on Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and has earnings of $4,084,600. He’ll be ridden for the third consecutive time next Saturday by Mike Smith.For more information on next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and to make Pegasus seating and dining reservations at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. STAGE SET FOR EPIC REMATCH WITH LEGENDARY CALIFORNIA CHROME AT GULFSTREAM PARK