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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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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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‘Comeback Kid’ Candy Boy Preparing For A Third Try In Dubai World Cup

The proverbial ‘comeback kid,’ 7-year-old Candy Boy has had a bittersweet career. Racing sparingly over the last few years, the son of Candy Ride has shown his immense talent against the very best since he began his career in 2013. After yet another setback and being eased because of injury in his last race (December […]

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U.S.-Bred, Japanese-Trained Lani Wins UAE Derby

One of two colts in Saturday’s Group 2 UAE Derby nominated for the Triple Crown, the gray Lani came home the winner, earning 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby. The 1 3/16 mile contest for $2 million US dollars was completed in 1:58.42 by the Mikio Matsunaga-trained son of Tapit, becoming the first Japanese-trained winner […]

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American Doug Watson Wins First Dubai World Cup Festival Race, Sweeps Trifecta

Champion trainer Doug Watson has had a tremendous career in the United Arab Emirates but the veteran horseman had yet to win a race on Dubai World Cup night. On Saturday evening at Meydan, not only did the humble American from Ohio win the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha, but he swept the race […]

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Polar River Earns Oaks Points At Meydan; Undefeated Filly Will Face Males In UAE Derby

A daughter of Congrats, filly Polar River improved her record to four wins in as many starts when she crossed the line first in Thursday’s UAE Oaks at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The victory earned her 50 points on the road to the Kentucky Oaks. Trained by U.S. native Doug Watson, the filly will be […]

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