Collected beat 3-5 favorite Arrogate by a half-length in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish at Del Mar.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Collected ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.70 at the seaside track north of San Diego. He paid $8 to win.
The 4-year-old chestnut colt held off the furious late rush of Arrogate, the richest thoroughbred in racing history who was trying to bounce back from a stunning fourth-place finish in the San Diego Handicap last month on the same track.
Baffert earned his fifth Pacific Classic victory, one behind the late Bobby Frankel. He watched the race on the big video board in the paddock rather than in the stands and stared at the screen with arms folded when Arrogate came up short yet again.
Collected became the first 4-year-old to win since Richard’s Kid in 2009. The colt is 4-0 this year.
Accelerate, who beat Arrogate by 15 1/4 lengths in the San Diego, was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third.
Curlin Road was fourth in the seven-horse field.
Elate pulls away in Alabama
Elate rallied in the stretch to win the $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga.
Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Elate ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.19 and paid $10.60 to win.
It Tiz Well, the early pacesetter, was second at 13-1 odds.
Salty was another head back in third in the 137th running of the Grade I race.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott earned his third career Alabama victory.