Many of the top Thoroughbreds in the world have arrived in the United Arab Emirates for Saturday's rich Dubai World Cup program.
While the official draw has not yet taken place, it is quite noticeable how very few North American-based horses will compete. Of the eight Thoroughbred races that will be contested, only three U.S. horses have been entered – none will try the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
As Sam Walker of the Racing Post writes, in the five years since Meydan Racecourse was built, and the synthetic Tapeta surface was installed, U.S. interest in the World Cup has dropped dramatically. Horses that have won the World Cup have either been course or surface specialists.
Walker addresses the future of Meydan's Tapeta surface, and what he feels the best outcome would be on Saturday.
Read more in the Racing Post
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