Dubai World Cup Winner Arrogate Tops Prizemoney Podium
It is patently unfair to compare athletes of previous generations to those of the present on the basis of earnings, and the disparity betwixt what a champion could earn less than a generation ago, compared to what they earn today, and is escalating exponentially.
The disparity is shocking in all sports, but thoroughbred racing is one of, if not the most, extreme examples.
By winning the Dubai World Cup yesterday in the United Arab Emirates, and American horse named Arrogate became the highest-earning racehorse of all time, with over $US 17 million in prizemoney.
Arrogate is just four-years-old. Arrogate has only jumped eight times, winning seven and running third once.
The Dubai World Cup is the world’s second richest horse race, with $10 million in prizemoney. It is run on dirt, not on proper turf. It had held the position of world’s richest horse race until January of this year, when the Pegasus World Cup in Florida took the lead with $12 million.
In becoming the world’s richest thoroughbred, Arrogate passed another American horse, California Chrome. After being dead last out of the barrier, Arrogate smoked the field to win by over two lengths.
The one win alone put Arrogate so far beyond the total of 37-race winner Phar Lap as to seem ludicrous beyond the ability of our vocabulary to describe.