Champion World Approval made a successful return to the races on Saturday when he captured the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes by a half-length.
The 1 1/16-mile turf contest was intended to be used as a prep for the $6 million, G1 Dubai Turf on March 31, but as the Daily Racing Form reports, the gelding's connections have decided not to make the trip, and will instead stay a bit closer to home.
Trainer Mark Casse told Marty McGee of the DRF on Monday that while World Approval came out of the race in good shape, he believes the distance of the Dubai Turf may be a bit too much for the gelding.
“The Dubai race is almost nine furlongs, which stretches us,” Casse said. “We've said all along a mile is his best play. You might be able to get away with it sometimes, but probably not when you're up against the best horses in the world like he would be in Dubai.”
“He's a champion, and we're going to take care of him.”
World Approval will now be pointed to the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland April 13, with a possible start in the March 10 G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in between.
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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