UAE

North America, Muntazah Face Off In Al Maktoum Challenge Round One

The most anticipated race of the season thus far is upon UAE racing fans: Muntazah vs. North America in the Group 2 $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 on Thursday at Meydan Racecourse. The two Dubawi-sired dominators—and Dubai’s best milers—met once prior in last season’s Round 1, with a below-fitness Muntazah finishing well astern a […]

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Kentucky-Bred Gladiator King ‘Acclimatized Well,’ To Make Dubai Debut On Jan. 2

One of the more promising American 3-year-old sprinters was acquired over the summer and is about to make his UAE bow on the first night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival (Jan. 2). Gladiator King, an impressive winner of the history-laden Hutcheson Stakes (G3) and five-time victor for previous trainer Jaime Mejia and owner Thoroughbred […]

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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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Dubai Sprint Star Drafted Preparing For 2020 Campaign

Trainer Doug Watson, who currently leads UAE standings one month into the 2019-20 season with 10 victories ($349,139) and a 17% strike rate, could have as many as three starters for the first Listed Thoroughbred stakes of the season, the Garhoud Sprint. Led by stable star and local king of the dirt sprinters, Drafted, the […]

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Potential, Pedigree Available In Sept. 16 Racing In Dubai Sale

As the UAE racing season kickoff approaches with haste on October 24, the Racing in Dubai September 2019 Sale is set for Monday, September 16. The sale will take place within the Saddling Enclosure of Meydan Racecourse at 6:45 p.m. Viewing of the 60 lots will take place September 14 and 15, from 7:30-9:00 a.m. […]

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Dabster Takes Aim On Dubai World Cup; Gift Box, McKinzie Unlikely

With shipping protocols and other such logistics coming into play, the world’s richest race continues to take shape with haste. In as much, the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirate Airline (G1) appears to have a nice balance of familiar faces and new players, in both equine and human form. One such candidate […]

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Dubai World Cup: Stewart Pleased ‘To Get A Good Work In’ With Seeking The Soul

Following a busy Saturday morning of workers, Charles Fipke’s Grade I winner Seeking the Soul went out to the Fair Grounds main track during a special designated time of 11:40 am CT to record another work towards the Group 1 $12 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on March 30. Trained by Dallas Stewart, […]

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Bravazo ‘Tender’ After Thursday Gallop: Will Miss Dubai Trip, Undergo Knee Surgery

Calumet Farm’s Bravazo will not make the journey to the UAE later this month for the Dubai World Cup, reports bloodhorse.com, because he will instead undergo knee surgery at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. “He galloped beautifully yesterday,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas from Oaklawn Park. “We thought he was tender coming off […]

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McLaughlin: True Timber ‘The Right Kind’ For Godolphin Mile

Last week it was confirmed that Calumet Farm’s D. Wayne Lukas-conditioned Bravazo will be lining up in the $12 million Dubai World Cup and this week, banner-mate True Timber, trained by former Lukas assistant Kiaran McLaughlin, was confirmed for the $1.5 million Godolphin Mile (G1). Like Bravazo, True Timber is Grade 1-placed, has tackled some […]

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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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