Arrogate Euthanized after mystery illness

Arrowgate Euthanized at age 7

Arrogate, who won a record 17.42 million in his short career, was euthanized at age seven after a mystery illness. He retired as horse racing’s highest earner of all-time.

Although Arrowgate didn’t start racing until April of his three-year-old season, he won seven out of eleven starts, including the 2016 Travers Stakes and the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was named Champion three-year old male horse and the world’s best racehorse of 2016. As a four year old, he won the 2017 Pegasus World Cup, where he set another track record and then won the Dubai World Cup.

““He was truly one of the fastest race horses of all time,” said jockey Mike Smith. “Running under two minutes that day in Saratoga to win the Travers was just incredible. I honestly won with room to spare. He could have gone faster. When he ran his A-race he was like a train going downhill with no breaks. He just continued to go faster and faster and faster.” Arrogate set a new track record for a mile and a quarter in the Travers, stopping the clock in 1:59.36. The previous record of 2:00 flat, set by General Assembly, had stood since Aug. 18, 1979.
Arrogate won the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup in 2017 by four and three-quarters lengths to earn a $7 million first-place check and deny his rival, the retiring California Chrome, in his bid to go out on top as the highest-earning thoroughbred in history.

The cause of Arrowgate’s illness is still undetermined, although some sites are reporting he suffered from a neurological illness.

“Arrogate had a very successful breeding season this year, until last week when his breeding was suspended due to an initial suspected sore neck,” it continued. “Later in the week, he fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back up proved unsuccessful. He was transported to the Hagyard Clinic under the care of Dr. Bob Hunt and Dr. Nathan Slovis with Dr. Steve Reed representing the insurance company.

“They worked tirelessly with the staff from the Hagyard Clinic eliminating all the obvious causes and performing all available tests, including spinal tap evaluation, X-ray, ultrasound, CT Scan and many blood tests.

“Unfortunately, Arrogate was still unable to stand after four exhausting days for him. His will to fight, so valuable to him on the racetrack, became a challenge in his care. When serious secondary health issues set in, the decision was made to put him to sleep.”


2 thoughts on “Arrogate Euthanized after mystery illness

  1. Wow. He was off of Secretariat’s Derby win 1.59.2/5ths seconds (and the same distance) by just a split second slower!
    What a great horse.
    I am familiar with the neuroligical problem, the barnlord has an Arabian with the same affliction. Not sure what the heck is going on, but he, too has problems. She was going to put him down but so far he’s doing okay, but whether it’s because he’s gotten better or she’s giving him meds (which I can’t think of what would work for nerve damage) I don’t know.

  2. Just another note: the video of the Pegasus Cup…someone in the control booth screwed up, you got a voice over in Arabic conflicting with the race caller. Very confusing…

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