World Approval To Forgo Dubai Trip, Will Target Maker’s 46 Mile At Keeneland

by | 02.12.2018 | 3:18pm
World Approval digs in to win the Tampa Bay Stakes over Forge

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

  • Scot Morley

    Nice to hear. Put the horse first!

  • David Worley

    In my opinion, excellent choice in the this case.

  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Love Keeneland and would like to get there someday

    Also, I think Casse is very wise doing what he is doing, Dubai is a pain in the can to get there
    All that flying and for who and for what? It just takes the energy right out of the rest of your year when you go there.

    Also as an aside, Doctor Mounty was running the race of his life, he was right there until he fell suddenly, did anyone ever say what happened?? He looked like he slipped on some ice coming around that turn and everyone involved and nearby were all very lucky.

    • Stephanie Anderson

      I heard that he clipped heels, possibly with World Approval, then Cheyenne’s Colonel fell after being unable to avoid Doctor Mounty. Both horses immediately got up and ran for the wire. No long term injuries to either according to Tampa Bay Downs.

      • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

        Okay thanks
        I wasn’t sure if Mounty clipped heels because World Approval never lost stride

  • Ida Lee

    Like your thinking people …..take care of the gorgeous Champ first ….


    That a boy stay in the states where you can get all the lasix and bute while bragging about how much of a world champion he is. Turf is the surface of the world no need to prove that an AMERICAN horse can go to Dubai and win a G1 race. We don’t won’t the “Champ” to get embarrassed by some Ballydoyle 2nd stringer or A Longshot Godolphin horse. Run in the Makers 46 I’m certain everyone will enjoy watching that 6 horse snooze fest.

    • OopsyDaisy3


      Linda in Texas

    • StrideBig

      Wow! A little harsh don’t ya think? I see it as them doing what is best for him at this time.


        No American has ever won a G1 race in Dubai. Nothing like creating a bit of history to increase his stud value. This is a BUSINESS. And please don’t come at me with the best for the horse BS. what’s best for the horse is him running DRUG FREE but I don’t see you making a case for that.


          Dubai on Turf

        • StrideBig

          Stud value? He’s a gutsy gelding. No stud value needed. But they do want to keep him safe, because he will have a longer racing career than most.

          • TRUTH SPEAKER

            It’s not often that America has a grass horse that can contend with the world. So why not contend ? Obviously the solid international horses don’t go to America anymore. So why not go to them ? There was a time when America expected the best from it’s horses now mediocrity is accepted. Nobody holds the makers 46 in high regard.

          • StrideBig

            Who knows what he may do in the future, maybe they want to save him and perhaps take him to Royal Ascot or something. I don’t presume to know things about him because I’m not his owner/trainer.

            But I am fine with horses not going to Dubai. It’s a tough trip to make. If they’re hoping to compete a good solid season, I can see why they might be reluctant to send him. I will root for him regardless.

            It’s not like he’s staying in the states for a G3. He plans on running in two G1’s.

            There’s a lot of things I might do different if I were lucky enough to own a racehorse, but since I don’t, I will continue to follow ones I like.

            Ps…I really hope they might take a trip to Europe this year :) ~K

          • TRUTH SPEAKER

            Don’t get your hopes up. An American Turf G1 would be a solid G3 in most Countries in the turf racing world.MAN DO I MISS LURE AND STAR OF COZZENE

    • talkingman17

      Clown….thats the TRUTH

  • Elle D

    Glad to hear we’ll see him at Keeneland.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Love this great and handsome fella. And his name fits perfectly.
    Good luck to World Approval and all connected with him. Linda

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