Triple Crown

Arrogate runs down California Chrome in the stretch to win the Breeders' Cup Classic

Arrogate runs down California Chrome in the stretch to win the Breeders' Cup Classic

Horse racing got what it desperately needed Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita: a new superstar.

In a stirring stretch drive that was every bit a symbolic passing of the torch, California Chrome looked as if he was going to win the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

But as the finish line approached, jockey Mike Smith switched to a right-hand whip on Arrogate and the colt found another gear that propelled the 3-year-old to a half-length win over the 5-year-old, all-time leading money winner.

“At the eighth pole, all of a sudden, he started getting into that gear, and he’s coming, and he’s inching away at him,” said winning trainer Bob Baffert....

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