I am sure SP decided to put lots of the arena fights into the race to showcase how effective they were in weeding out the hackers. The pictures below, just from this morning:
- Two High Snow dragons, it was only offered in one race so far.
- Empowered High Snow dragon. Impossible for the same reason as above:
- Two Drummer dragons - only one is given for reaching the Primal arena:
In fact, I was paired with the very same player with two high snow dragons three times and had to skip each time.
I have reported them to support. But I don't expect the support will reimburse the gold/food/gems wasted to skip past them, because
screw you players, SP doesn't care about bugs and hackers so long as these force players to spend more money give us your money SP is short on resources.
If they did care, though, they'd (a) make reporting the hackers much easier - e.g., a "Report this player" button right in the arena screen; and (b) provided some bonus if the reported account is confirmed as been hacked. E.g. 2-3 free skips one could use instead of gems.