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Mixed Fortunes For Champs After Pegasus Draw
Arrogate and California Chrome have drawn barriers 1 and 12 respectively ahead of their rematch in the inaugural running of the US$12 million Gr1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The champion US gallopers, who currently occupy the top two spots on the World's Best Racehorse Rankings, last met when Arrogate scored a thrilling win over California Chrome in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic in November. But despite drawing the outside gate in the field of 12, California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman remains bullish about the chestnut's chances. "We can't make any excuses. The only good thing I thought about this is that he doesn't have to be in the starting gate long," Sherman told Blood Horse. "Chrome is Chrome; he's got tactical speed. I was hoping that we would get closer inside. He will overcome all this, believe me." Trainer Bob Baffert said Arrogate had continued to thrive since his Breeders' Cup win. "He's getting stronger every week. I wanted to see what I saw today and he's ready for the big race," Baffert said after Arrogate worked over six furlongs at Santa Anita. "Now we have to ship and there's more hurdles, but I love the way he's training. This horse is so fit. He's ready for the challenge."