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Reigning Dubai World Cup Winner Thunder Snow Readying To Defend Title

It was only a matter of time until the equine king of UAE racing resurfaced and such appears to have come. Godolphin’s Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) champion Thunder Snow is ready to make his 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival debut, according to trainer Saeed bin Suroor, and is on schedule for Super Saturday’s […]

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UAE Talent North America Tops Thursday’s Round 2 Of Al Maktoum Challenge

It is hard to imagine North America being more impressive than he was four weeks ago in the one-mile Group 2 $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, but he has apparently exited said effort in top shape and will get a chance to stretch out to what many believe is an even better distance for […]

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‘He Got Us On The Map’: Godolphin Mile Winner One Man Band Retired

It was almost a fairy tale comeback for 2016 Godolphin Mile (G2) winner One Man Band in December. Off 999 days, he returned to the racetrack looking and performing as if he had not missed a beat. Leading all the way until the last jump of the Dubai Creek Mile (Listed), he was nipped by […]

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‘Exceptional’ Moshaher Launches UAE Derby Dreams With Dominant Debut Victory

Racing at Meydan on Saturday officially featured The District One Magnificent Stretch, a one-mile turf handicap, but the main event was upstaged from the outset when H And B’s Moshaher decimated a group of 3-year-old maidens with UAE Derby dreams in the opener. The one-mile affair, titled the District One Panorama Win, saw the Doug […]

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World-Traveling Drafted Leads Watson Charge For Dubai Carnival’s Opening Night

Six-time leading UAE trainer Doug Watson served notice last week with a five-win evening at Meydan—including sweeping both Listed Stakes—that he could be sitting on a career-best Dubai World Cup Carnival. Opening night could be a fruitful first card for the American native of Wheaton, Illinois (greater Chicago). Watson plans to start at least two in […]

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Elementary: Watson Saddles Five Winners Thursday At Meydan

Winning races at Meydan Racecourse proved elementary for Doug Watson, as the six-time UAE champion trainer turned up the proverbial heat two days before the first day of winter, winning five races, including a sweep of the evening’s Listed stakes. The U.S. expat kicked off his quintet of wins in the evening’s second race, the […]

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Six Dubai World Cup Carnival Winners Meet In Garhoud Sprint

Racing at Meydan on Thursday is highlighted by The Garhoud Sprint (Listed) sponsored by Al Tayer Motors over the same 1,200-meter dirt course and distance as the $2.5 million Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News. Inaugurated in 2013, four of the first five editions have been won by horses owned by His […]

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Bee Jersey Retired Due To Tendon Injury, Stud Plans Pending

Charles Fipke’s homebred Grade 1 winner Bee Jersey has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon. The four-year-old colt was considered the leading miler in North America this year. He won the G1 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race, at Belmont Park on June 9 in his final start, defeating […]

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‘Courageous,’ ‘Competitive’ Rayya Could Be First Kentucky Oaks Winner From UAE Races

UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group (G2) winner Rayya will make her first start outside of Dubai on Friday in the US $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Considered the top Thoroughbred 3-year-old based in Dubai this winter, she won two of her four races, including the aforementioned 1900m Oaks […]

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UAE Derby Runner-Up Rayya Headed To Baffert In U.S., Aimed At Kentucky Oaks

Mendelssohn ran an exceptionally impressive race in Saturday’s Group 2 UAE Derby at Meydan, but the race’s runner-up, Rayya, could be a big threat on the first Friday in May. The filly was beaten 18 1/2 lengths by Mendelssohn, but finished three lengths ahead of American runner Reride, whose form was recently flattered by the […]

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