King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race.
A strong runner-up finish in the Colts and Geldings Division of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January gave George "Rusty" Arnold II confidence to enter Convict Pike in the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 25.
For some reason, or combination of reasons, I never seem to do much good on Dubai World Cup Day, so even though they're running nine stakes worth a total of $30 million in the desert Saturday, I am again finding it difficult to come up with a plan.
The 4-year-old son of Bernardini is scheduled to compete at Gulfstream March 25 in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3), seeking to recapture the form that had earned him the favorite's role in last year's Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.
For all the words Baffert has said to all those who inquire about what makes Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate the most fearsome horse in training, it is the trainer's presence in Dubai this week makes the most emphatic statement.
With an eye on returning to New York for the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, M M G Stables' dual grade 3 winner El Areeb breezed March 23 at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch.
For some time Ashleyluvssugar has been the top long-distance turf runner in Southern California, but in the San Luis Rey Stakes (G2T) March 25 he'll have to contend with the last horse who took him down in the division.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Spirit of Valor (#15 Pink), Washington DC (IRE) (#4 Black), Keen Ice (#8 White) and Quest for More (IRE) (#4 Red).
Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Mind Your Biscuits (#2 Gold), Gun Runner (#2 White), Qatar Man (IRE) (#10 Pink), Vettori Kin (BRZ) (#3 Pink), Hoppertunity (#5 White), and Neolithic (#12 White). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
While he is firmly in Arrogate's shadow as the duo readies for their respective runs in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), Hoppertunity's standing as Bob Baffert's resident bright spot is one that will not be usurped.
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Neolithic (#12 White), Not Listenin'tome (#1 Gold), Heshem (#9 Yellow), Wild Dude (#13 Gold), Dundonnell (#9 Gold), Mondialiste (#10 Yellow), and Mubtaahij Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Richard's Boy (#12 Black), Triple Nine (#10 Blue), Adirato (#9 Pink), Gifted Master (#7 Blue), St Joe Bay (#8 Gold), Sharp Azteca (#1 Blue), and Keen Ice (#8 White) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
No one questions whether Gun Runner will show up in the Dubai World Cup. What he'll answer at Meydan Racecourse is whether his best is good enough to challenge the favorite Arrogate, who is so far without peer.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Master Plan (#11 Pink), Sounds of Earth (#5 Green), Apollo Kentucky (#4 White), Amazing Kids (#2 Black), He Runs Away (#4 Pink) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Mind Your Biscuits (#2 Gold), Vivlos (#5 Yellow), Epicharis (#5 Pink), Awardee (#3 White), Lani (#14 White), Gold Dream (#7 White), and Kafuji Take (#2 Blue) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Following its business plan of purchasing mid-priced yearlings with the pedigrees and athleticism to move forward as both pinhooks and as racehorses, Excel Bloodstock targets the Barretts March sale each year.
Judging his recent race form, trainer Jorge Navarro is declaring the current version of Sharp Azteca to be the best he has seen, a claim the dark bay runner will aim to back in the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Meydan Sobha (G2) at Meydan Race Course.
The UAE Derby features a Japanese runner already qualified for a spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in the form of Epicharis. Another, Adirato, could earn a spot with a victory March 25 at Meydan.
Starting March 18 through the "Meet The Neighbors" tour, the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) will be opening its doors for visitors to see what the life of a Thoroughbred can be like once they leave the track.