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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Arrogate resides in trainer Bob Bafferts Santa Anita barn in a stall that has webbing reading, American Pharoah: Triple Crown winner draped across the front. As with American Pharoah a year ago, Arrogate will not have raced since the Travers when he attempts to win the $6 million Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday.And while American Pharoah certainly was far more accomplished than Arrogate, they share a mysterious backstory regarding their appearance, which in Arrogates case involves a mouth that only an orthodontist could love.Arrogate, a son of Unbridleds Song, was purchased by Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 as a yearling. When he was broken to saddle that fall, the first time we put a bit in his mouth, we noticed all his teeth were knocked back in, said Garrett ORourke, the manager of Juddmontes Kentucky-based United States operation.Its like American Pharoahs tail, ORourke said, referring to the abbreviated tail American Pharoah had when he first came to Bafferts barn. No one will admit how it happened.The leading theory with American Pharoah was that another yearling chewed on his tail in the field. ORourke figures something similar happened with Arrogate.It looks like another yearling must have kicked him in the mouth, he said.Arrogates left front tooth became so infected that it had to be pulled, ORourke said.If he were human, he wouldnt do a lot of smiling, Baffert said. He looks like he plays for the Blackhawks. I think every hockey player will be rooting for him.No adjustments have been made to Arrogates teeth since he began racing. The bit doesnt sit close to the front teeth, so thats not an issue. About the only accommodation is it takes him a little longer to eat, Baffert said, but he eats well.But he cant get a good bite out of you, Baffert said.Arrogate has saved that for his competition. Since losing his first start in a sprint at Los Alamitos in April, Arrogate has won four straight races, all around two turns, highlighted by a powerhouse performance in the Travers in which he set a track record for 1-1/4 miles at Saratoga while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 122.Hes taking on California Chrome, which is a tall order, ORourke said of the Classic, but he has a legitimate chance.Arrogate is part of a growing relationship between Juddmonte, which is owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Baffert. Juddmonte had a large presence on the West Coast for more than two decades, primarily with trainer Bobby Frankel, but that waned in the years following Frankels death in November 2009.A couple of years ago, according to ORourke, the prince spoke of a desire to re-establish a presence on the West Coast. He wanted to know who was the best trainer out there, and I said Baffert, ORourke said.Juddmonte primarily races on turf, and most of its United States-based runners either have grass pedigrees and/or are raced in Europe before coming to the U.S., such as they did with Flintshire, the favorite for the Breeders Cup Turf who is trained by Chad Brown in New York. Baffert is not a grass trainer, having famously once said grass is good only for grazing. How to align the wishes of Juddmonte with the skill of Baffert?We decided to stick with dirt horses, and buy them as yearlings, ORourke said. Bob is brilliant at what he does, training for speed on dirt.Arrogate is from the five-horse first crop of yearlings purchased by Juddmonte to be sent to Baffert.The second crop numbered six, and those current 2-year-olds include the unraced Ghostzapper colt Electro, a half-brother to Lady Eli purchased as a yearling for $400,000. He has worked nine times since Sept. 2 and is nearing his debut.Were looking for quality, not quantity, ORourke said.ORourke said that plans are for Arrogate to stay in training at age 4.Oh, definitely, he said. As fresh as the horse is, and, touch wood, hes sound and healthy; wed love to keep doing this.That would put a smile on anyones face. Ricardo Oliveira Jersey . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Thiago Silva Jersey . 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The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Declaring that the global drug-testing system is damaged, Olympic leaders and anti-doping officials vowed Tuesday to fix the problems and prevent the type of scandal that has embroiled Russian athletes in the lead-up to the Games in Rio de Janeiro.The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency clashed again Tuesday over the allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia that have rattled the Olympic movement and created chaos ahead of Fridays opening ceremony in Rio. But both sides agreed on the need to repair the international anti-doping system and restore trust and credibility in the fight against drugs.This is not about destroying structures, IOC president Thomas Bach said in reference to WADA. This is about improving significantly a system in order to have a robust and efficient anti-doping system so that such a situation that we face now cannot happen again.Bach spoke after a debate in which IOC members overwhelmingly backed the executive boards decision to not take the nuclear option of banning Russias entire Olympic team. Bach and many members pointed fingers at WADA for failing to act sooner on evidence of state-run doping in Russia and for releasing its findings so close to the start of the Games.I dont feel as if Ive been run under a bus, WADA chief Craig Reedie told reporters while insisting that both sides were in general accord on the need to find solutions for the future.Somebody said this system is broken, he said. I dont think all the system is broken. I think quite a lot of the system still works but that certain parts of the system need revision.Reedie said he had received assurances from officials at high levels of the Russian government that they accept they have a problem and need to fix it.It is absolutely essential that we cannot have the biggest country in the world noncompliant on a permanent basis, he said.Bach opened the IOCs three-day general assembly by seeking formal backing for the boards decisions on the Russian crisis. After a debate lasting more than two hours, Bach asked for a show of hands, and only one of the 85 members -- Britains Adam Pengilly -- voted against his position. Despite evidence of a vast, state-organized program involving Olympic sports in Russia, the IOC board rejected calls for a total ban and left it to international sports federations to decide on the entry of individual Russian athletes for the Games.Bach said it would be wrong to make individual Russian athletes collateral damage for the wrongdoing of their government.Leaving aside that such a comparison is completely out of any proportion when it comes to the rules of sport, let us just for a moment consider the consequences of a nuclear option, Bach said. The result is death and devastation. This is not what the Olympic movement stands for. The cynicall collateral damage approach is not what the Olympic movement stands for.ddddddddddddThe IOC has been roundly criticized by many anti-doping bodies, athletes groups and Western media for not applying a complete ban on the Russian team. Pressure for a full ban grew after WADA investigator Richard McLaren issued a report accusing Russias sports ministry of orchestrating doping programs and cover-ups involving athletes across more than two dozen summer and winter Olympic sports.Natural justice does not allow us to deprive a human being of the right to prove their innocence, Bach said.Underlying the deep split between Olympic leaders and anti-doping officials, Bach and others put the responsibility on WADA.I think its not the reputation of the IOC that has to be restored. Its the reputation of WADA, Israeli member Alex Gilady said.Argentine member Gerardo Werthein added: At times, WADA has seemed to be more interested in publicity and self-promotion rather than doing its job as a regulator.Reedie said he later spoke with both men and addressed their concerns. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Reedies position was not compromised by the debate.We dont always agree on everything, he said. It wasnt a totally one-sided debate. We aired a lot of issues.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov claimed there was a political campaign against Russia and cited discrimination against clean athletes not connected to doping.I urge you to resist this unprecedented pressure that is now on the entire Olympic movement and not to let this pressure to split the entire Olympic family, he said.U.S. member Larry Probst said it was wrong to attribute the problem to international politics.We have a doping problem, the U.S. Olympic Committee chairman said. And its not just Russia. Its global. The current system is broken, and we need to fix the problem.A few members questioned the IOCs decision to keep Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova -- an 800-meter runner who helped expose systematic doping in her homeland -- out of the Games.If there was to be one exception, it should have been her, Richard Peterkin of St. Lucia said.The strongest criticism came from Canadian member Dick Pound, a former president of WADA who has been outspoken in calling for a complete ban on Russia -- something he had previously called the nuclear option. He said the reputation of the IOC was on the line.We need to do a lot more to show that we really do care about fair play, honest competition and clean athletes, he said.By the end, however, Pound was among the 84 members who voted in favor.The arrows left the bow, he said. The decision has been made. Its not going to be changed between now and the start of the Games. 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