Arrogate soundly beaten by Accelerate in stunner at Del Mar

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Accelerate and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap horse race Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Accelerate stunned overwhelming favorite Arrogate to win the $300,000 San Diego Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths at Del Mar, snapping the seven-race winning streak of the world's top-ranked horse

DEL MAR, Calif. — Accelerate stunned overwhelming favorite Arrogate to win the $300,000 San Diego Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths on Saturday at Del Mar, snapping the seven-race winning streak of the world's top-ranked horse.

Arrogate finished fourth, beaten by 15 1/4 lengths under jockey Mike Smith in the 4-year-old colt's return to racing after a nearly four-month layoff.

His trainer, Bob Baffert, said Arrogate "laid an egg" and nothing is wrong with the colt other than he appeared flat.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Accelerate ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.15 and paid $17.60, $32.60 and $22 as the 7-1 second choice in the field of five.

Donworth, a 24-1 shot, returned $119.80 and $67.40. His payoffs were a track record, bettering the old mark of $101.60 and $40.20 set by Cipria on Sept. 1, 1955.

Baffert-trained Cat Burglar paid $38.20 to show.

All but $214,466 of the $2,671,938 total win, place and show pool wagering was bet on Arrogate.

Arrogate's winning streak included the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic last year, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and the $10 million Dubai World Cup. He earned $18,000, boosting his career total to $17,102,600, a North American record.

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