Western Pride Works at Nad Al Sheba

Western Pride Works at Nad Al Sheba
Photo: AP/ Benoit Photo
Western Pride, drawing off to defeat Orientate in the San Fernando.
Western Pride worked five furlongs in 1:03.13 at Nad Al Sheba Saturday as he prepares to be the lone American-based horse to run in the March 23 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

Kristi Chapman, a former jockey and the sister of Western Pride's trainer James Chapman, said Western Pride is doing well in Dubai and seems to handle the track. Patrick Valenzuela will guide him though the 1 1/4 miles.

Chapman will also send out Caller One for a chance to repeat his win in last year's Dubai Golden Shaheen. Caller One worked a half-mile Friday in preparation for the six-furlong sprint. Caller One's work was a straight four furlongs out of the chute timed in :49.45.

After winning the Golden Shaheen last year, Caller One returned to the States to win the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) in May, then was held winless in four starts. Corey Nakatani has the mount.

Fellow American-based Golden Shaheen entrant Xtra Heat also worked four furlongs, but she went around a turn and was clocked in :48.88. Harry Vega will ride the 4-year-old filly.

Other American-based horses in the Golden Shaheen, with jockeys, are: Bonapaw, Gerard Melancon; Echo Eddie, Valenzuela; and Men's Exclusive, Martin Pedroza.

Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal will be out for a breeze Monday, in what will be his last serious training prior to the $2 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I).

"He's super," said trainer Julio Canani.

Aside from Western Pride, another horse possible for the $6 million Dubai World Cup was on track Saturday. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Nayef worked a mile with stablemate Mubtaker.

Mubtaker provided the pace in the work before jockey Richard Hills asked Nayef for a run in the last quarter-mile. Nayef then passed Mubtaker in completing the mile in 1:38.93; Mubtaker completed his mile in 1:39.53.

Nayef is unraced since winning the Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) in October at Newbury. The 4-year-old son of Gulch came into that race after winning three successive group III raced in England. In his one attempt in last season's classics, he finished eighth in the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), won y Golan.

Nayef is cross-entered in the World Cup, Dubai Duty Free, and the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I). Mubtaker is entered in only the Dubai Duty Free.

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