Arrogate, the current “Longines World’s Best Racehorse”, will defend his top rating from the number 9 post against 13 competitors in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline. Fittingly, he will face what is perhaps the finest group of competitors ever assembled in the 22-year history of the 1-1/4 mile dirt contest at Meydan Racecourse.

“Nine is fine,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “I didn’t want to be number 14 or on the inside. We’ve got a great horse here and hopefully he continues and brings his form over. The main thing is for him to get away cleanly, then it’s up to (jockey) Mike Smith to decide.”

“You need racing luck—he has to break well and everything has to go right,” Baffert continued. “This will be his toughest test. But he’s a big strong horse, and if he shows up and runs his race, he wins it.”