Seven-time winner Arrogate Earns More than Winx
Hold on a second.
Those of you who might have a Melbourne Spring Carnival hangover might want to skip this next bit. By the way, we hope you had a great Derby Day.
By the time you read this, or if you read it, the Yanks will have had their rough equivalent of Derby Day, the Breeders’ Cup.
The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day, 13-race meeting that jumps with a four-race card on Friday night (Pacific Daylight Time) and culminates with a nine-race Saturday card that features the Breeders’ Classic.
The racing is held at Del Mar Racecourse, a seaside track just to the north of Sand Diego.
This year’s Breeders Classic is the biggest event ever to be held at the track.
This next part is not for the weak of heart, or those who cannot appreciate the greatness of Sydney’s super mare Winx.
Last year’s champion, Arrogate, is the leading money winner in the history of thoroughbred racing. He has taken in $17.3 million (AUD $22.6 million).
Has he won 22 races in a row? Has he won the equivalent of the Cox Plate three times? For that matter, has he won any of the United States’ big three, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes?
The answers to this little quiz are, No, No, No, No and No.
Not only has Arrogate not won 22 in a row, he has not even jumped 22 times. He has made 10 starts. That is ten, a one followed by one zero.
Most of his earnings are the result of two wins, the Dubai World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup, a race that shaped the design of The Everest.
The Pegasus World Cup was a $12 million race ($AUD $15.7). Arrogate hauled in $US 7 million for about a minute-and-three quarter’s worth of work.
Note to Winx: Forget about running in Sydney in the autumn carnival. Hop a plane to Florida and get in the 2017 running of the Pegasus World Cup January next. The race has been bumped from $12 to $18 million for 2018. If you win, Chris Waller will personally wash the dirt from your hooves.