Well Armed has raced in England and Dubai but the future of the 3-year-old son of Tiznow
could be in America following his start in Saturday's $2-million UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
"I really think his future is in America," said Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar Farm which campaigns the homebred with trainer Clive Brittain. "He just looks more content on the dirt. His best race was over firm dirt and he won impressively."
Well Armed drew post 11 for the UAE Derby, going nine furlongs, and will be ridden by Ryan Moore.
WinStar Farm, owned by Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, opted to send Well Armed to England after he did not sell as a yearling at public auction due to slight physical problems.
Well Armed enters the nine-furlong race off a disappointing ninth-place finish in the UAE 2000 Guineas (UAE-III) going one mile. Prior to that, he won the seven-furlong Shadwell Farm Trophy Stakes. Both races were at Nad al Sheba.
Cauthen said it was Brittain who suggested sending the strapping colt to Dubai after making his first eight starts on the grass, including a maiden breaking win going 1 1/4 miles at Lingfield in England. "Clive thinks he can win them all and his optimism has really rubbed off on us."
As for race strategy come Saturday, Cauthen compared Well Armed to his two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winning sire Tiznow. "To me, he's a lot like Tiznow," he said. "He has a high cruising rate so I hope he can go along with an honest pace."
Cauthen offered that Discreet Cat and the Southern Hemisphere runners-- Dominguin, Gold For Sale, Invasor, and Simpatico Bribon look toughest of the competitors.