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Former Zito charge Fly Down favored in King’s Cup

A field of 17 will face the starter on Friday in the King’s Cup, Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious race. The likely favorite is expected to be Fly Down, who was formerly trained by Nick Zito in the U.S. The 6-year-old son of Mineshaft was purchased by King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, and was transferred to trainer […]

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Regally Ready, Fly Down among contenders for Dubai’s Super Saturday

More than 20 international Grade/Group 1 winners are likely to compete on the March 10 Dubai Super Saturday card of seven stakes worth a total of $1,775,000 that are the principal preps for the world’s richest day of racing—the  $27-million Dubai World Cup (G1) program on March 31.       Seven runners who have won […]

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Fly Down to stay in Middle East

Four-year-old Fly Down, who finished 13th in the Dubai World Cup March 26, is staying in the Middle East for the forseeable future. Trainer Nick Zito said Prince Mitab bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who purchased Fly Down last year during his 3-year-old campaign, was “very upset” after the World Cup. “For now, he’s just […]

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Gio Ponti draws post 5 for World Cup

The draw for the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Duty Free and Dubai Sheema Classic are in courtesy of Dubai Race Night along with suggested odds. Gio Ponti draws the 5 post with Fly Down on the rail, Gitano Hernando in 8th position, Richard’s Kid at 11 and early favorite Twice Over the 12.

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Fly Down Staying Put?

After the Dubai World Cup, millionaire Fly Down may stay in the Middle East and after racing in Saudi Arabia, retired to stud. “He was bought specifically to race in the Dubai World Cup and then to progress on to race in Saudi Arabia before going to stud,” said Frank McGovern, general manager of the […]

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Fly Down ‘shipped perfectly’

After coming close in many of the top races available in the U.S., the Nick Zito trained Fly Down will give his best shot at the world’s richest race: The Dubai World. All is going well so far according to his connections. “He shipped perfectly,” exercise rider Tiffany Green said. “They said he was perfect […]

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American World Cup team lands in Dubai

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 […]

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Giant Oak storms home in Donn Handicap

Giant Oak came with his patented late run and this time, he left no room for doubt or controversy, winning convincingly the Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park Saturday. Under Shaun Bridgmohan, Giant Oak came storming home outside the trio of Morning Line, Rule and I Want Revenge for a two-length victory in […]

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Could Square Eddie spring a Donn surprise?

After a brief retirement, Square Eddie came back to the track and broke the 6 1/2 furlong record at Santa Anita on Jan. 14. It was his first race in over a year. Now he’ll have to face some much stiffer competition with the likes of I Want Revenge, Fly Down, Rule, Morning Line, Giant […]

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Donn Handicap stocked with premium talent on Saturday

Press Release Mitaab bin Abdullah’s 4-year-old Fly Down was last seen under colors finishing third behind Blame and Zenyatta in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 despite a rough trip. The colt sets off on another campaign in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) as the likely choice in […]

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