Race of the Week 2017

Report: First-timers Songbird, Arrogate will breed this season

Songbird 615 X 400 Melanie Las Virgenes
Photo: Melanie Martines

New owner Mandy Pope told the Thoroughbred Daily News that champion Songbird will breed with Arrogate, matching two of the top horses coming off the racetrack this year.


Pope purchased Songbird for $9.5 million at the recent Fasig-Tipton November Sale, while Arrogate has retired to Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky.


“On pedigree, it worked. When you look at him physically, it worked,” Pope told the TDN. “This will be a first-time broodmare going to a first-time stallion, so that will be interesting.”


Both horses’ records place them among the best of the recent era.

Songbird compiled nine Grade 1 wins and 13 victories overall in her 15 starts. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro earned $4.6 million. Arrogate, who had a brief but celebrated career himself, set a track record in the Grade 1 Travers, beat California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup, then further pushed his earnings with a last-to-first victory in the Dubai World Cup.

“I was so excited when I saw the news this morning I wanted to get Mandy Pope’s number and give her a call and let her know that I won’t retire until that baby runs," Mike Smith, the jockey who rode both horses, told Equestricon. "I want to ride it one time — well, hopefully more than once. But, anyway, yeah, very, very exciting. I can’t even imagine what that thing will look like. It’ll be so exciting to see.”


Arrogate stands for $70,000 at Juddmonte.

 

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