Dubai World Cup Notes, Monday, March 23: Chrome, Lea Stretch Their Legs

by | 03.23.2015 | 9:33am
California Chrome gets a feel for Meydan's main track on March 23, 2015.

California Chrome (USA) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome, the likely international favourite for the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates, continued his preparation for Saturday's race by galloping 2400m over the Meydan dirt oval on Monday morning.

According to assistant trainer Alan Sherman, the four-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit will breeze a 400m Tuesday morning at approximately 5 a.m.

“He seems to be handling the track well but we will know a little more after the work,” Sherman said. “He has run well on every track he has ever been on so it's not a big concern.”

A nine-time winner with Grade 1 scores in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Hollywood Derby on his resume, California Chrome would eclipse the US$10 million mark in career earnings with a win on Saturday.

“I'm just glad the owners decided to run him another year,” Sherman said. “The Dubai World Cup has always been on Perry's (co-owner Martin's) radar.”

Steve Coburn and 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman are scheduled in Dubai tonight with Perry Martin slated to arrive on Wednesday.

“It's a long flight for Dad, but he'll be alright. He's not flying coach (class),” Sherman said with a chuckle.

Candy Boy (USA) – Doug Watson saddles Candy Boy who will be making his local debut in the Dubai World Cup.

“He is really well and we are delighted with him,” said Watson. “We missed Super Saturday to bring him straight to this race and are glad we did.

“We were warned he is quite lazy at home, and he has been, but we are learning about him all the time. He has been to Meydan to work three times but will do his last piece here at home.

“He is a big horse – weighing in about 540kgs – and hopefully the turns at Meydan will suit him more than the tighter American tracks.”

Epiphaneia (JPN) – The 2014 Japan Cup winner started jogging and had a canter on the Meydan dirt track on Monday.

Assistant trainer Norihiko Kishimoto said: “It was his third day to come out on the track this morning, and he was very relaxed and in a good form.

“Thanks to all the support from people of Northern Farm, vets and Japan Racing Association, he travelled nicely during the flight and arrived here safely.  As for the dirt surface, I felt that once the horse went fast, he got grip of the track.  I think Epiphaneia will suit the surface.”

Hokko Tarumae (JPN) – The winner of last year's Champions Cup (former Japan Cup Dirt) cantered over 1600m to 1800m over the Meydan dirt track before getting familiarised with the starting gate on Monday.

“He is full of beans,” said assistant trainer Masakazu Nishiura. “I wanted to keep him fresh, and I gave him only an easy canter today. He went through the travelling very well.  He will gallop on Wednesday.”

Lea (USA) – A top contender for Saturday's Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschemeider's Lea galloped 2400m over the Meydan main oval on Monday morning.

“He went through his normal routine but he also stood in the gate, and that went very well,” said assistant trainer Riley Mott. “He's had three gallops here and is moving very well over the track but you can't fully get a gauge on how much he likes it until you run over it.”

The 23-year-old son of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Riley was just a young child when Cigar won the inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup for his dad in 1996.

“I don't have much recollection obviously, but I do know how significant this race is to my father and the owners.” Mott said. “Not only does the (US$10 million) purse stand out, but the prestige is growing by the year.”

According to Mott, Lea will have a blow out on either Wednesday or Thursday.

“The boss (father Bill) gets into town tomorrow morning and he'll decide exactly what the horse will do,” Mott said. “He'll likely go a quarter mile (400m).”

Jockey Joel Rosario, who been aboard for Lea's most recent starts, is slated to ride on Saturday.

Long River (USA) – Salem bin Ghadayer saddles Long River. “It is exciting to have a runner in the Dubai World Cup and we are really looking forward to it,” said the trainer. “He has improved fitness-wise since Super Saturday and can hopefully run a nice race.”

Side Glance (GB) – Andrew Balding's globetrotting eight-year-old shipped into Dubai on Sunday and is due to appear on the track for the first time on Tuesday morning, as he prepares for a third assault on the race in which he has twice finished fourth.

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