American World Cup team lands in Dubai

by | 03.17.2011 | 7:51am

Press Release

The American-based team of 13 top horses set to compete on the $26-million Dubai World Cup (G1) program on March 26 landed safely in Dubai around 7:15 local time on Wednesday evening and were transported to Meydan and settled in their stalls within about an hour.

Jim Cornes, who oversees the international stables for the Dubai Racing Club, reported that the squad, including three-time champion Gio Ponti and his fellow Dubai World Cup entrant Fly Down, traveled without incident on the long journey from the United States.

“Everyone looked good. They drank well on the flight and there were no problems,” Cornes said.

The large contingent has been housed in Barn 3, where such previous American luminaries as inaugural World Cup winner Cigar were stabled, and Barn 8, which was completed just last year for the opening of Meydan.

Cornes observed that Fly Down, the Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) Stakes runner-up who is owned by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah and trained by Nick Zito, and Grade 1 winner Victor's Cry, owned by Equilete Stable and trained by Eoin Harty, were eye-catchers.

“Fly Down made a great impression, and Victor's Cry looked particularly good,” Cornes said. “Victor's Cry was very curious, looking at everything, but very settled and sensible.”

Victor's Cry will run in the $5-million Dubai Duty Free (G1) at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on the turf.

After two days in quarantine, the American horses will be ready to visit the Meydan track for the first time on Saturday morning.

Following is a complete list of the horses that arrived, their trainers and the races in which they will be running. California-based Crowded House, trained by Ben Cecil and a candidate for the Godolphin Mile (G2), already is in Dubai as he ran during the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Horse                       Race                               Trainer
Fly Down                  Dubai World Cup              Nick Zito
Gio Ponti                   Dubai World Cup             Christophe Clement
Bourbon Bay             Dubai Sheema Classic      Neil Drysdale
Champ Pegasus         Dubai Sheema Classic      Richard Mandella
Victor's Cry               Dubai Duty Free              Eoin Harty
Euroears                   Dubai Golden Shaheen     Bob Baffert
Kinsale King              Dubai Golden Shaheen     Carl O'Callaghan
I Want Revenge         Godolphin Mile                Rick Dutrow Jr.
Make Music For Me     Godolphin Mile                Alexis Barba
Stradivinsky              Al Quoz Sprint                Rick Dutrow Jr.
Mr Gruff                    Al Quoz Sprint                Ron Ellis
Quick Enough            Al Quoz Sprint                Doug O'Neill
Sweet Ducky             UAE Derby                     Herman Brown Jr.

Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram