Arrogate thoroughly deserves to named 2016 Horse of the Year. He defeated California Chrome fair and square yesterday in the BC Classic. More than fair and square actually. California Chrome had an ideal tactical trip. He ran the best race of his life. He simply was not good enough. Arrogate was good enough.
Listed below are the dozen BC Classic winners (out of 33 runnings) who were named Horse of the Year that same year:
Ferdinand (1987), Alysheba (1988), Sunday Silence (1989), Black Tie Affair (1991), A.P. Indy (1992), Cigar (1995), Tiznow (2000), Ghostzapper (2004), Saint Liam (2005), Invasor (2006), Curlin (2007), American Pharoah (2015).
That is a pretty good list of champions, and Arrogate deserves to be in their company.
Zenyatta (2009) and Blame (2010) also should be on this list. But that is another can of worms into which I will not delve. At least not today.