The 14 horses ready to start in the $10-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 are expected to make history as the highest earning field in racing history outside Japan.
Making his first 2011 foray to the Meydan all-weather track on March 19, three-time champion Gio Ponti bounced with contained energy as he jogged once around the about 1 1/8-mile oval.
Thirteen American-trained horses were announced as likely starters in six races on the $26 million Dubai World Cup card to be held March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
Two-time Champion Gio Ponti tops the list of early nominees to the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. He could face last year's winner General Quarters in the grade I race May 7.
A total of 312 horses from 18 countries, including 49 from the U.S., have been nominated to the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse March 26.
- By Steve Haskin
Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti repeats as champion Turf Male. The son of Tale of the Cat won the Shadwell Turf Mile, was second in TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame has been judged the best horse to race in North America during 2010 by the compilers of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, unveiled in London, England, on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Jason Shandler looks at the likely 2010 Eclipse Award winners. Read Blog
Gio Ponti, the 2009 champion grass male and older male for Shane Ryan's Castleton Lyons, will race as a 6-year-old in 2011 instead of standing at stud.
The amazing mare Goldikova unleashed a huge turn of foot in the stretch and overtook the leaders of the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) as she became the first-ever three-time consecutive winner of a World Championships race.
Selections for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup races, including the Classic. Read Blog
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Proviso is a bit of a late bloomer, but she seems to be reaching her peak heading into the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 6.
Trainer Freddy Head is confident about Goldikova's chances for a "three-peat" in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Undefeated Zenyatta was made the 8-5 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) during the Nov. 2 post-position draw at Churchill Downs.
Goldikova, making her bid to become the first three-time Breeders' Cup winner, drew post 10 for the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Gio Ponti, the gutsy horse who finished second to Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, will not be taking another shot at the super mare in this year's race Nov. 6 and will run in the Mile instead.
Paddy O'Prado is heading for the Classic; now it's decision time for Gio Ponti's owners
The main focus this year, of course, will be on "Mighty Mare"--Zenyatta--who hopes to conclude her amazing career in the Classic with her 20th victory in as many starts, and the French femme fatale, Goldikova.
One day after the connections of champion Gio Ponti said he would be cross-entered in the Classic and the Breeders' Cup Mile, trainer Dale Romans said 3-year-old standout Paddy O'Prado would point for the Classic.
Multiple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti is bound for the BC, but for which race? Read More
Jason, Tom, and Rich Nilsen of TwinSpires.com preview the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II). Plus, an early look at the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Ladies Classic. Watch Video
Lenny and Steve discuss who's going where in the Breeders' Cup, John Shirreffs, and the top 10 changes Mike Pegram will make at Del Mar. Plus, an update on Leftlenythelegend, and Zenyatta and T.O. Watch Video
Goldikova will be the heavy favorite, but she will face a strong field. Read Blog
Mike Repole won his first graded stakes when Uncle Mo scored in the Champagne Stakes
Champion Gio Ponti niftily split horses in deep stretch and went on to win the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 9 at Keeneland to notch his sixth grade I score.
Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of twinspires.com preview the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) and the Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland on October 9. Watch Video
Gio Ponti will contest one mile for the first time in his last 11 starts when he headlines the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) on opening weekend of the Keeneland fall meet.
Two champions -- Gio Ponti and Informed Decision -- are among the horses scheduled to run at Keeneland this weekend as part of the Lexington track's "FallStars Weekend."
Lenny and Steve discuss the Breeders' Cup turf races, the Keeneland September Sale, and more. Plus, the Top 10 Predictions for the remainder of 2010. Watch Video
As of now, here are some of the top horses thought to be aiming toward a star-studded Mile. Read Blog
Each year, it seems the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) paints the same bleak picture for the American grass horses.
This may be the time for Gio Ponti's connections to start thinking about the Classic.
Blind Luck's Alabama victory added another chapter to her remarkable story
English shipper Debussy, sent off at 11-1 in his United States debut, made a dynamic late burst along the inside to upset champion Gio Ponti in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 21.
Jason, Evan, and Tim Holland of twinspires.com preview the Arlington Million (gr. I). Also, picks for the Alabama. Watch Video
Rank these past winners of the Arlington Million. Compare your rankings to the rest of the BloodHorse.com community. Rank These Horses
Gio Ponti, who captured last summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT) as the favorite, looms as an even stronger 7-5 choice on the morning line when facing nine rivals in the 28th running of the Aug. 21 race.
Pre-entries for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) closed Aug. 13 with 10 older horses named to prestigious turf race.
Gloria de Campeao, who won the world's richest race when he beat 13 rivals in this year's $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I), has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon injury.
Jason Shandler looks at the Turf Division, dominated by Gio Ponti in 2009. Read Blog
Reigning champion Gio Ponti closed into a slow pace but was still able to get up by a measured neck to score his first win of the season and defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont.
Champion Gio Ponti will attempt to break a five-race losing streak and defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont.
Dual Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti is expected to defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont. The 5-year-old horse worked five furlongs in 1:02 July 1.
Winchester registered his first stakes win since taking the 2008 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) when he posted a 21-1 stunner in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 5.
Gio Ponti, winner of last year's Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on his way to two Eclipse Awards, gets top weight of 122 pounds in this year's renewel.
Gio Ponti worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's inner turf course May 30 in preparation for an expected start in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont
Wood Memorial winner leapfrogs Lookin At Lucky to top spot; Zenyatta remains on top of National poll.
In a desperate drive to the wire in the world's richest race, Brazilian-bred Gloria de Campeao nosed Lizard's Desire and Allybar in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at the sparkling new Meydan Racecourse March 27.
Gio Ponti can more than make up for his three consecutive runner-up finishes with a victory in the world's richest horse race -- the $10 million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 27.
Blood-Horse correspondent Jason Ford makes his way around Meydan Racecourse for the March 27 Dubai World Cup.
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