Saudi Cup Field Close To Complete With Several American-Based Contenders

The Saudi Cup announced Wednesday what is nearing a final field for the inaugural $20 million race Feb. 29 at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Six of the 11 announced entrants are based in the U.S.: Bob Baffert trained McKinzie and Mucho Gusto, 3-year-old champion Maximum Security, champion dirt female Midnight Bisou, […]

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Gronkowski ‘Going The Right Way’ For Bin Ghadayer In Dubai

Trainer Salem bin Ghadayer is entering the first big card of the UAE season on Thursday with proverbial guns blazing and the biggest piece of his arsenal appears to be Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Khalid bin Mishref’s $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) runner-up Gronkowski who makes his first start since losing […]

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Thunder Snow By A Game Nose For History-Making Dubai World Cup Double

He was the first horse to win the UAE Derby and Dubai World Cup in consecutive seasons, and now Godolphin homebred Thunder Snow has become the first horse to win two editions of the Dubai World Cup. In 2018, Christophe Soumillon sent the Saeed bin Suroor trainee to the front and never looked back, but […]

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Likely Dubai World Cup Fields: Pegasus Runners Take Their Shot In $12 Million Race

The likely field for the 2019 Dubai World Cup includes five US-based contenders, four of them coming directly out of the Pegasus World Cup. Pegasus runner-up Seeking the Soul, fifth-place finisher Audible and sixth-place finisher Gunnevera are all expected to start, as is Yoshida, whose last race was the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, […]

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Gronkowski, Axelrod Aimed At Dubai World Cup With New Trainer Sandeep Jadhav

Phoenix Thoroughbreds has a pair of high-profile 3-year-olds who appear to be prime prospects for the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), the world’s richest race at $12 million. Multiple graded stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) alumnus Axelrod and Belmont Stakes (G1) runnerup Gronkowski are headed to Dubai to join the yard of […]

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Plainsman Makes The Grade In Discovery; Gronkowski Third

Shortleaf Stable’s Plainsman got his first graded stakes win at Aqueduct on Saturday, taking the lead at the start of the G3 Discovery and holding it all the way through the wire. Besting a field of three other sophomores, the son of Flatter covered nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:52.14. Ridden by […]

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He’s Back: Gronkowski Takes Distance Cut In Grade 3 Discovery

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Gronkowski will be looking for his first win in North America when he makes his return in Saturday’s 74th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery at Aqueduct Racetrack. Initially campaigned in England by Jeremy Noseda, the dark bay Lonhro colt rose to fame after winning the inaugural Road to the Kentucky Derby series […]

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Classic Conundrum: Final Round Of Preps Serves Up More Questions Than Answers

With five weeks to go, the picture of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is muddier than ever. There was a 45-1 upset in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in which the favored Diversify faded to finish fifth, and Accelerate ran his lowest Beyer figure of the year when he won the Awesome Again. Additionally, potential […]

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Equibase Analysis: Will Diversify Repeat In Jockey Club Gold Cup?

One of the biggest questions regarding the 100th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup is whether Diversify can lead from start to finish for the second year in a row. Having earned $1.9 million to date while winning 10 of 15 career starts, six at Belmont, we know where Diversify will […]

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