The racing world's attention turns to Meydan Racecourse on Saturday where the sport's richest event, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, will be contested. As fans have come to expect, TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will provide live coverage.
Highlighted by the 17th running of the Dubai World Cup, Saturday's program includes seven additional Thoroughbred races, with total purses valued at $27 million. To capture all the action, TVG's coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET, and will feature Todd Schrupp and Simon Bray offering analysis and handicapping information from the network's Los Angeles studios.
“TVG is once again excited to deliver this spectacular international racing event for our viewers,” said Tony Allevato, TVG executive vice president. “With coverage of the leading events from the UK, Australia, Japan and Dubai, TVG is the American home of international racing.”
A pair of American-based horses, Game on Dude and Royal Delta, are scheduled to join a field of international stars in the Dubai World Cup starting gate. The Bob Baffert-trained Game on Dude, who was second in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, is coming off a win in the San Antonio Stakes. Royal Delta, who is conditioned by Bill Mott, won the 2011 Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly following a campaign highlighted by victories in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic and the TVG Alabama Stakes. In her lone 2012 start, she was second in the Sabin Stakes.
The $2 million Golden Shaheen has also attracted two American entries, The Factor and Giant Ryan. Also trained by Baffert, The Factor enters the race following back-to-back wins in the San Carlos and Malibu Stakes, while the Bisnath Parboo-trained Giant Ryan will make his 2012 debut. Giant Ryan won last year's Vosburgh Stakes and was eighth in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Rounding out the American contingent are the Steve Asmussen-trained Regally Ready who joins the field in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, and the Graham Motion-trained Lucky Chappy, slated for the $2 million UAE Derby. Regally Ready captured last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, while Lucky Chappy is coming off a second place finish in the El Camino Real Derby.
Speaking of Breeders' Cup winners, the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic includes St Nicholas Abbey, the Aidan O'Brien trainee who was an upset winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf. O'Brien will also saddle last year's Breeders' Cup Classic sixth place finisher, So You Think, in the Dubai World Cup.
The day's program will also include the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, the $2 million Godolphin Mile and the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup.
TVG account holders can wager on the entire Dubai World Cup program by visiting www.TVG.com.
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