'I've Got To See How He Comes Out Of The Race': Remsen Runner-Up Arctic Arrogance Could Aim For Jerome Or Withers - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘I’ve Got To See How He Comes Out Of The Race’: Remsen Runner-Up Arctic Arrogance Could Aim For Jerome Or Withers

Linda Rice

Chester and Mary Broman's New York homebred Arctic Arrogance, who finished a game second to Dubyuhnell in Saturday's Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack, will target either the Jerome Stakes in January or the Grade 3 Withers in February at the Big A for his next start.

“He came back good and we'll get him back to the track in a few days. I was very happy with the race,” said trainer Linda Rice. “I was considering waiting for the Jerome, but I said, 'You know what, we better go now.' We'll either run in the Jerome or the Withers [next]; I've got to see how he comes out of the race.”

The one-mile Jerome offers 10-4-3-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, while the nine-furlong Withers provides 20-8-6-4-2 points.

Arctic Arrogance, who earned four qualifying points towards a start in the Kentucky Derby for his performance, made his open-company debut off a prominent victory in the state-bred Sleepy Hollow on October 30 at Belmont at the Big A. There, he set the tempo and was challenged by Starquist at the half-mile call, but pulled away easily from his rivals at the top of the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

He showed similar front-running tactics in the Remsen and was pressured by Dubyuhnell throughout as the pair put seven lengths between them and the rest of the field at the top of the stretch. The two put on a show down the lane and battled gamely to the wire, but Dubyuhnell gained the advantage nearing the finish and bested Arctic Arrogance by a half-length.

Rice said she is proud the gray son of Frosted's performance throughout the year.

“Four starts is enough for a 2-year-old and it's been a terrific campaign for him,” said Rice. “To have him run second at a mile and an eighth is fantastic.”

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