Thirty-three horses have been catalogued by the Emirates Racing Association for the second annual Pearls of Dubai International sale on Oct. 21 at the Dubai World Cup quarantine center at Nad al Sheba racecourse.
Caller One was exercising at Belmont Park on Tuesday in preparation for a start in Saturday's Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, when he changed leads suddenly on the track and pulled up.
King Midas, a winning 6-year-old son of Bluebird, brought the top price of 150,000 dirhams ($40,839) during the Thoroughbred portion of the Emirates Racing Association's horses in training sale Monday and Tuesday in Dubai.
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.
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 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).
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.
Trainer Kenny McPeek said Monday he and the owners of Risen Star Stakes winner Repent are thinking seriously about running their colt next in the $2-million UAE Derby (gr. II-UAE) at Nad al Sheba Racecourse on March 23.
By Gary McMillen -- Talking to twins Dennis and Jimmy Richard is like listening to a Cheech and Chong record. They finish each other's sentences. Each seems to know what the other is thinking about. Lately, they have a one-track mind, and that's getting their sprinter Bonapaw to Dubai.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, a staple in Southern California but a rarity in South Florida, plans on saddling Jerome and John W. Amerman's Lido Palace in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park. In other news, Mr. Pleasantfar is passing on the Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. III) to tackle instead the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I)
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.
- By Peter Tonkes
Godolphin won its first Australian race at Flemington on Nov. 10 as Hatha Anna narrowly defeated the local stayers in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aust-II) over 2,500 meters. The initial success came after Godolphin had for the second time supplied the runner-up in the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) when Give the Slip was run down by Ethereal.
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.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?
The International Cataloguing Standards Committee voted June 18 to upgrade 10 races in Dubai, three each in Japan and Singapore, and one in Hong Kong.
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.
The Emirates Racing Association is dismissing fears that the European outbreak of foot and mouth disease will affect the March 24 Dubai World Cup meeting. Officials in the United Arab Emirates ministry of agriculture are moving quickly to dispel fears of a possible outbreak of the disease in their country.
Dubai World Cup officials were quick to douse the fire of rumors Thursday that foot-and-mouth disease had broken out in the Emirates, threatening the running of the March 24 event.
Dubai World Cup officials issued the following statement Thursday regarding foot and mouth disease in the country and its affect on runners in the Dubai World Cup Day races:
International representatives in Dubai for the Dubai World Cup meeting at Nad Al Sheba on March 24 are under no risk, with officials for the Ministry of Agriculture in the United Arab Emirates moving quickly to dispel fears of a possible outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the country.
New Zealand mare Sunline will be in Dubai on March 24, but not for the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Sunline had been considered a possibility for the world's richest race, but following a journey to Dubai, her connections decided she would instead contest the $2 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-II), at about nine furlongs on turf.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has been a major market influence since his first purchase at a North American yearling sale 20 years ago.
The Dubai World Cup Committee has hiked purses for stakes on the World Cup undercard.
Dubai World Cup Chairman Les Benton announced Sunday that the sixth renewal of the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) will be run on Saturday, March 24, 2001. The World Cup will be the feature race of a seven-race card in which all seven races will be run under group status.
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