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Collected Wins US Gr1 Pacific Classic

Monday, 21st August 2017

California's Del Mar racetrack played host to the US$1 million Gr1 Pacific Classic over the weekend, and while the winning trainer was the one punters were cheering for, the horse that saluted left many a betting ticket in tatters. Champion Arrogate (Unbridled's Song), sent of as $1.60 favourite despite shocking his army of fans when failing abysmally in last start's Gr2 San Diego Handicap at the same course, could not reel in lamp-lighting his Bob Baffert stable mate Collected (City Zip-Helena Bay, by Johannesburg) who still had a length to spare at the line. The victory by Collected was not entirely unexpected as he was sent off at $4.00, but that was little comfort for Arrogate who, prior to his penultimate run, looked almost fool proof with earnings equivalent to A$20 million from his first 8 starts.

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