Four U.S. horses, including dual champion Gio Ponti , are among the 14 horses likely to contest the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse March 27.
Joining Gio Ponti, who was the United States 2009 champion male turf horse and champion older male, in the 1 1/4-mile World Cup are additional U.S. horses and grade I winners Take the Points, Richard's Kid , and Furthest Land. Although based in Great Britain, Gitano Hernando, another Cup contender, won the Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita and is owned by American-based Team Valor International.
In addition to the four horses in the world’s richest race, five other U.S.-based runners will compete in the seven Thoroughbred races on the eight-race World Cup card.
The sole U.S. entrant in the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) is Presious Passion, with Courageous Cat and The Usual Q.T. entered in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I). The sole U.S. runner in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) is Kinsale King, and California Flag is entered in the Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-III).
The final fields will be set at the declaration stage March 22.