Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DUBAI 2013




American Stars Challenge the World on Rich Super Saturday

Final preps before the World Cup Day on March 30.

For the first time in the history of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, American stars will take on the world during the Super Saturday program of seven rich stakes.

Note: For U.S. RACING INFO go to separate blog post:

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans has taken the bold initiative of entering LITTLE MIKE and DULLAHAN, both three-time Grade 1 winners, in a pair of key group stakes on the Super Saturday, March 9, the primary prep day for the Dubai World Cup program on March 30. Only two-time Horse of the Year Curlin previously raced in Dubai prior to World Cup competition, and even he did not run on the very competitive Super Saturday card.
Post time for first race on Super Saturday will be at 8:05 a.m. EST, with Dullahan’s race at 10:25 and Little Mike’s at 11:00. Average number of runners in each race is a dozen, and average purse value of each contest is over $250,000.
Other American connections on the program include Besilu Stables’ Unbridled Ocean in the Burj Nahaar. Former Todd Pletcher assistant Seth Benzel will saddle South African Group 1 winner August Rush in the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3), a prep for the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1). Read more at source
And, Marcus Hersh of the DRF sets the table for the significance of this final prep weekend, which will have implications for which race Little Mike winds up in on March 30, as well as some others in this Super Saturday card.  Dullahan and Little Mike prep for World Cup on Super Saturday card

Links:  Race ENTRIES - Super Saturday - March 9
Super Saturday Race ENTRIES - DRF format 
PAST PERFORMANCES - March 9 - Super Saturday
Super Saturday FORM guide - March 9
PAT'S PICKS - Pat Cummings handicaps Super Saturday
Dubai Carnival RACE REPLAY VIDEOS all races to date
RACE RECAPS, RESULTS, Dubai Carnival races to date
Little Mike and Dullahan set for local World Cup prep races
Dullahan takes the stage in Burj Nahar
Igugu, Delpech reunite for Jebel Hatta
Dubai Racing Comprehensive - from AmWest Enertainment


Printable time ordered ENTRIES - click here
8:05 a.m. ET  Race 2 Al Bastakiya, Listed Stakes, 9.5 furlongs AWT
Pats Picks: Given the likely early gallop being a legitimate one, Snowboarder is the selection.
1st - #4 SNOWBOARDER, 2nd - #2 ZAHEE, 3rd - #10 ELLEVAL
8:40 a.m. ET  Race 3, Meydan Sprint, 5f, Turf
Pat's Picks: 1st - #14 SHEA SHEA, 2nd - #6 SOLE POWER, 3rd - #8 RUSSIAN SOUL

9:15 a.m. ET  Race 4, Mahab Al Shamaal, G3, 6f, AWT
Pat's Picks: 1st - #2 KRYPTON FACTOR, 2nd - #8 AUGUST RUSH, 3rd - #10 BALMONT MAST

9:50 a.m. ET  Race 5, Dubai City of Gold, Turf, 12f
Pat's Picks: 1st - #2 AWAIT THE DAWN, 2nd - #5 MASTERSTROKE, 3rd - #8 LAAJOOJ

10:25 a.m. ET  Race 6, Burj Nahaar, G3, 8f
Pat's Picks: 1st - #4 MOONWALK IN PARIS, 2nd - #11 BARBECUE EDDIE, 3rd - #5 AFRICAN STORY (Race also features Dullahan)

11:00 a.m. ET  Race 7 second flight, Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 3, Grade 1 10F
Little Mike, Monterosso meet at Meydan
Pat's Picks: 1st - #4 HUNTER’S LIGHT, 2nd - #7 SAINT BAUDOLINO, 3rd - #1 LITTLE MIKE

11:35 a.m. ET  Race 8, Jebel Hatta, Group 1, 9f
Pat's Picks: 1st - #5 IGUGU, 2nd - #4 CITY STYLE, 3rd - #10 THE APACHE

Below are links and information to enjoy the racing in Duabi, which leads up to World Cup Day on March 30.

From January 10th, and mostly on Thursdays, with a few Saturdays, through the end of March, racing at Dubai takes place through March 30, World Cup Day. Many are familiar with World Cup Day, billed as the world's richest day of racing with over $26 Million in purses on that one day alone. Leading up to the big final day are lots of races, many of which are stepping-stone races for the big day at the end of March. Here are some links to help you enjoy this international event and also be able to follow runners who are expected to participate.

Among the stars expected are Japanese Horse of the Year and filly Triple Crown winner Gentildonna, South African Horse of the Year Igugu, Australian stars Ocean Park and All Too Hard, and a contingent from Coolmore's Ballydoyle base in Ireland that could include Irish Horse of the Year Camelot. American horses, Animal Kingdom, Dullahan, and Little Mike are also expected.

Race results:  Racing info, including results

OVERVIEW: AmWest Entertainment Dubai racing overview
CARNIVAL GUIDE:  Complete guide to all things Dubai by Trakus' Pat Cummings: 

Dubai World Cup Nominees - Brisnet
UAE Derby draws 27 U.S. nominations

Dick Powell with Brisnet, gives his advice on how to follow the races at Meydan, what to look for, what to avoid, etc.: Dick Powell's Dubai overview

DRF's Marcus Hersh covers opening of Dubai Winter Carnival
Dubai World Cup web site

LIVE STREAMING EACH THURSDAY & APPLICABLE SATURDAYS - FREE: AmWest Entertainment will provide FREE LIVE STREAMING, free PPs, and all the information you are likely to need to keep up with the action in Dubai: Click here - Live streaming starts 8:05 a.m. EST on Super Saturday

Racing Reports: AmWest's racing recaps, entries, PPs, etc.  Links to Pat Cummings of Trakus and Joe Kristufek, Jeremy Plonk of HorsePlayer Now handicapping shows for the Dubai meet,.

Race Replays - Videos:  click here

Entries grid with links to each day's race cards: AmWest's Dubai racing recaps, entries, etc.
Guide to Dubai
Racing days grid

Hope this helps to understand this amazing event and keep up with the action.

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