Rafael Bejarano

Midnight Storm wins the San Pasqual Stakes as Arrogate is scratched

Midnight Storm wins the San Pasqual Stakes as Arrogate is scratched

On the morning after party poopers were the bane of New Year’s Eve gatherings, Bob Baffert played the role at Santa Anita.

The trainer scratched his latest luminary, Arrogate, from the San Pasqual Stakes. The move dampened the New Year’s Day mood among those race patrons who, like revelers counting down the seconds until midnight Saturday, had been counting down the days to the thoroughbred’s first outing since his dramatic Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph.

Track officials were somewhat prepared, given that Baffert had hedged from the moment Arrogate was entered. He voiced reluctance to subject his late-budding star, who has been training superbly, to a...

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