The pressure is mounting for an American horse to return to the winner's circle in the Dubai World Cup. American-trained runners took eight of the first 14 World Cups but have yet to score since the event was moved from the dirt of Nad Al Sheba to Meydan's Tapeta surface in 2010.
A Guardian column suggests surface isn't the only issue: “There will be another obvious question, too, about whether States horses can show their best form at Meydan without the anti-bleeding medication Lasix in their system.
“Victory for either Animal Kingdom, Royal Delta or Dullahan would therefore have added significance, in demonstrating that “clean” horses from the US can still win the world's richest race.”
Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin, who sends out Animal Kingdom, pulled no punches about the Breeders' Cup's recent reversal of a full ban on Lasix:
“I'm totally disgusted [by the Breeders' Cup decision],” Irwin said this week. “We're out there alone, our people don't understand what's out here in the rest of the world and frankly they don't give a shit. Most Americans have that sort of John Wayne mentality, we own the world and run the world and you guys just live in the world.
“It's about insecurity. Most trainers, like most actors and writers, they live in the fear that they're going to be found out one day as frauds. That's their problem, they don't want their insurance taken away from them.”
Read more at The Guardian
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