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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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Grade 2 Winner Candy Boy Sold To Race in Dubai

Candy Boy, winner of the 2014 G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and listed stakes winner Cool Cowboy, have been sold and will continue their racing careers in Dubai. The Daily Racing Form reports that both colts are currently in quarantine in Florida, and will leave for Dubai later this month. Both Candy Boy and Cool […]

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Barbecue Eddie cooks up spicy Meydan victory

Ageless veteran Barbecue Eddie showed the youngsters how it was done with a emphatic 1 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 1 (UAE-II) at Meydan Race Course on the first day of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. The 9-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic had always shown a fondness for Meydan, having won six […]

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