Halfway ‘Round the World: Americans Relish Underdog Role in Hong Kong

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Little Mike breeder Carlo Vaccarezza toasts with competitors following the barrier draw for the Hong Kong Cup Little Mike breeder Carlo Vaccarezza toasts with competitors following the barrier draw for the Hong Kong Cup

At Thursday’s Barrier Draw for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, American connections were clearly in a small minority. There are only two horses representing the U.S. among the many horses from across the world vying for millions of dollars. One of them is a Florida-bred; the other was bred in New York. Both are geldings, and both will face top-class competition from France, Great Britain, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

But the connections of Little Mike and King Kreesa come here with high hopes, albeit some perspective. Still, they believe they’re up to the task of competing at one of the world’s great racecourses against international foes, and they’re relishing every minute of the challenge and the experience.

Reporting from Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, the Paulick Report’s Scott Jagow gives us more insight into why this pair of American competitors has made the long trek.

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  • azeri1

    We are wishing Little Mike and King Kreesa all the greatest of luck as they represent the US at this international gathering. You were both very intrepid for going…hopefully this will be the beginning of a trend that will involve more U.S. involvement in years to come!

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