UAE

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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‘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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Gunthers’ Without Parole ‘Doing Well,’ Eyeing $6 Million Dubai Turf

The fields are gradually congealing for one of the top turf races in the world, the $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) on Dubai World Cup night. While it is widely known that Vivlos, Deirdre, Benbatl, Dream Castle, Blair House and Century Dream are hoping to make the 1 1/8-mile test, the […]

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Crisford Upbeat While Realistic Over Return To Dubai In Different Role

Trainer Simon Crisford, the former racing manager for Godolphin for more than two decades – including more than 200 Grade/Group 1s — has returned in a big way. Once a mainstay of the Dubai racing scene, he resurfaces as head conditioner of a burgeoning yard and appears primed for what could be a game-changing winter […]

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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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‘Like A Dream’: Phoenix Ladies Syndicate Now Two-For-Two In Dubai

Global horseracing has moved gradually and successfully toward the embrace of syndicates, in both horses retired for stud duty and active athletes on the track, with the latter becoming increasingly popular in the UAE. One such group that has quickly made itself known in Dubai is Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, which is off to an auspicious start, […]

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