The Dubai World Cup will no longer be part of the World Series Racing Championship, officials for the fledgling 14-race series announced.
William S. Farish, the owner of Lane's End Farm and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, says the possibility of a military conflict between the United States and Iraq brings into question the status of the $6-million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 29.
Godolphin's Sulamani and Grandera head a list of outstanding runners entered for Dubai's inaugural Super Saturday at Nad Al Sheba, the preview for the Dubai World Cup meeting held three weeks later. Sulamani and Grandera are both entered in third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) and are also entered in the two turf programs on the card.
On March 29 Arlington Park will serve North and South America as the simulcast host for the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race and the first of the 14-part International World Series Racing Championship.
Bobby Frankel confirmed Sunday morning that Strub Stakes winner Medaglia d'Oro will run in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Moon Ballad's brilliant performance to win Thursday's group III second round of the Maktoum Challenge set Godolphin on course to secure their fourth Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 29.
Milwaukee Brew is set to defend his title for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Bobby Frankel in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 1, but with war drums in the Middle East beating loudly, Frankel could add Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro to the Big 'Cap mix.
According to trainer Jeff Mullins, Captain Squire is still being pointed to run on the March 29 Dubai World Cup despite the threat of war in the Middle East.
Jockey Jerry Bailey, visiting Santa Anita this weekend, won Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Stakes with Congaree after capturing Saturday's $400,000 Strub aboard Medaglia d'Oro as well.
Congaree, looking to establish himself as the class of national handicap picture, trounced a solid field in Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
The first round of nominations to the 2003 Dubai World Cup closed Nov. 13 with 810 runners representing 23 countries being nominated to the seven races. The 2003 World Cup will be held March 29 at Nad Al Sheba.
Street Cry's stellar performance to win the seventh running of the Group I Dubai World Cup in March earned the Godolphin Racing star's the Emirates Racing Association's Nashwan Horse of the Year Award for 2001-02.
The four-race simulcast, which included the $6 million Dubai World Cup, from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday, March 23, handled over $2.7 million in North America, a 36.7% increase over a year ago.
Street Cry shakes off his underachiever reputation with a resounding World Cup victory.
Arlington Park will serve as the simulcast host for the Dubai World Cup on March 23. The world's richest race will be one of four simulcast races available through Arlington Park from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
Hamdan al Maktoum's Nayef worked six furlongs on turf in 1:13.40 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday in preparation for Saturday's $2-million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I).
Post positions for major races on the Dubai World Cup card
TVG has announced it would offer exclusive live U.S. television coverage as well as in-home wagering on the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, U.A.E. on Saturday.
Trainer Ken McPeek has jetted all the way to Dubai, where he will be able to evaluate the competition from Godolphin Racing while enjoying a holiday off the Derby trail.
The Dubai World Cup will be run at 12:40 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Just a couple of hours after Sakhee turned in his final blowout for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), his jockey, Frankie Dettori, helped the son of Bahri draw post 7 for Saturday night's main event.
Western Pride, the only U.S.-based horse in the field, drew the outside 11 post position for Saturday's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal displayed his readiness for Saturday's $2-million Dubai Duty Free (UAE- I) when he worked five furlongs in 1:00.66 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse on Monday.
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).
You again prevails over Habibti, this time in the Santa Anita Oaks.
Sheikh Hamdan's homebred Sakhee, who won last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and ran a close second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), heads a field of 11 runners invited to contest the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at 1 1/4 miles on dirt March 23.
A luxury trip for two to the 2003 Dubai World Cup and $150,000 cash are the top prize in Godolphin's 2002 Seven Stars Competition, a free-to-enter on-line racing contest. The competition began accepting entries Friday and continues through March 22 at www.godolphin.com.
Godolphin Racing's Street Cry rolled to an 8 1/2-length triumph over State Shinto (by Pleasant Colony) in Thursday's third round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba Racecourse. Royal Tryst, a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo, finished third.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Sakhee will make his 5-year-old debut Thursday at Nad al Sheba in a 1 1/4-mile race on the dirt track.
For the second straight year Godolphin's Best of the Bests won the Maktoum Challenge Round II (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night, but the stable is uncertain he'll go on to participate in the prestigious Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) as he did last year.
Five horses will oppose a formidable four-horse entry sent out by Godolphin in Thursday's Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Challenge -- Round Two (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba. Godolphin sends out Curule, China Visit, Best of the Bests, and State Shinto in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race.
Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) winner Nayef is doing well and remains on target for either the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) or Dubai Sheema Clasic (UAE-IT), according to the Racing Post.
Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Sakhee will make his 2002 debut and Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in late February as a prep for the March 23, $6-million Dubai World Cup.
Representatives from South Africa and Norway are expected to join horses from at least 18 other countries for the 2002 Dubai World Cup program March 23.
Representatives will meet in New York next week to discuss a possible new sponsor for the group of 14-races known as the World Series Racing Championship.
How does a trainer go about snatching away the money title from someone who captured 48 stakes, 36 graded stakes, 18 grade I stakes, and earned a whopping $14,715,944? For Bob Baffert, who somehow managed to stay one step ahead of Bobby Frankel all year, all he had to do was win a $6-million stakes in Dubai in March, then unleash a powerhouse of a colt to become the first horse in history to capture four consecutive $1-million stakes.
Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) winner Nayef cantered under lights and before the crowd Thursday night at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai as the colt's connections wanted to familiarize him with the conditions on March 23, 2002, when the Dubai World Cup will be renewed at the track.
An increase in the number of horses nominated at the first entry stage bodes well for the 2002 Dubai World Cup program. Nominations stand at 720 horses from 22 countries.
The horse affectionately referred to as "The Bus" due to his slow morning works will not start in the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs later this month. Instead, Guided Tour -- the winner of four grade II races this year -- will begin his trip to Saudi Arabia Monday where he will be prepared for a start in the Jan. 11 King's Cup.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States, and the resulting situation internationally, organizers of the Dubai World Cup program plan an intensive promotional campaign to ensure the 2002 Dubai World Cup is well-received by horsemen, the Gulf News reported.
The Dubai World Cup Committee has announced that the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, will be run on March 23 in 2002.
Captain Steve, on the strength of his win in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), surpassed Tiznow in the latest NTRA National Thoroughbred poll released Tuesday afternoon.
Captain Steve's owner, Mike Pegram, stood 10 yards away as trainer Bob Baffert issued instructions to Jerry Bailey in the Nad al Sheba walking ring prior to the sixth Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on the evening of March 24. "I let them go to it," he said. "Those guys will be in the Hall of Fame one day (Bailey already is) and I'll be standing outside on the sidewalk. They know what they're doing." Asked the significance of running in his first $6-million race, the world's richest, Pegram reflected for a minute: "I never thought I'd be running for $6 million in my entire career. That's a lot of $10,000 claimers."
Mike Pegram's Captain Steve and Godolphin's Best of the Bests, co-favorites at 7-4 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with British bookmaker William Hill, will break from the starting gate alongside each other in post-positions 11 and 10 respectively as a dozen international runners face the starter for the $6 million pot, richest in racing with $3.6 million earmarked for the winner. Also competing in the 1 1/4-mile test is Bobby Frankel-trained Aptitude.
The Dubai World Cup is not just the world's richest horse race, it can also be the most expensive racing event on the globe to attend. Though fans can take a low-budget approach, with free admission to certain areas, the more well-heeled patrons might reach deep into their pockets and go first class, paying as much as US$742 for a seat in one of the suites overlooking the finish line.
There are clear favorites in three of the big Dubai World Cup Day races, but in THE BIG race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup, Captain Steve from the U.S. and the home team's Best of the Bests are both 7-4. According to William Hill, one of England's leading bookmakers. the biggest favorite on the day is Sunline, who is the 13-8 choice in the Dubai Duty Free.
Top sprinter Tayseer was euthanized Wednesday after sustaining a leg fracture, the Dubai World Cup's chief veterinarian told the Associated Press.
Bob Baffert-trained Captain Steve, likely favorite for Saturday's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), zipped six furlongs in 1:10.44 over the Nad al Sheba track Monday night. Working on the outside of local horse Alboostan, Captain Steve was clocked in 23.24 seconds for the final quarter, drawing clear of his workmate in the closing stages.
Aptitude, who is in Dubai preparing for Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), worked 1,200 meters (six furlongs) Sunday. The son of A.P. Indy covered the distance in 1:10.4 while moving with stablemate Lido Palace.
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