Preakness Stakes

Arrogate to scratch from San Pasqual Stakes, points to Pegasus World Cup

Arrogate to scratch from San Pasqual Stakes, points to Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith sat behind the makeshift news conference table about 15 minutes after winning the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November.

They were notably happy, more so than usual, in anticipation of the question to which they thought they already knew the answer: Would Arrogate, who had just beaten California Chrome, be back racing as a 4-year-old?

Baffert handed the query to Garrett O’Rourke, who runs the U.S. operations of Juddmonte Farms.

“I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year,” O’Rourke said.

“Yes,” Baffert blurted.

“Double yes,” Smith...

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