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Massive Drama Takes UAE Derby Route

Massive Drama Takes UAE Derby Route

Zayat Stables' Massive Drama, third in two graded stakes in California this year, will detour off the traditional Triple Crown trail to take on a tough group of older Southern Hemisphere-breds in the $2-million UAE Derby (UAE-II) on the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program.

Curlin Settles in at Nad Al Sheba

Curlin Settles in at Nad Al Sheba

Horse of the Year Curlin arrived in Dubai the evening of Feb. 17 with "pep in his step," in the words of assistant trainer Scott Blasi, and seems eager to begin an assault on Cigar's all-time earnings record with two starts at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse topped by the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29.

Curlin's Workout Planned

Curlin's Workout Planned

Describing the condition of probable Horse of the Year Curlin as "perfect," trainer Steve Asmussen has tentatively set Sunday for the colt's first timed workout since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

Darley Japan Loses JRA License

Darley Japan Loses JRA License

Nearly four months to the day after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley Japan operation earned a rare license to compete on the exclusive Japan Racing Association circuit, the privilege was lost at the end of November.

Premium Tap Wins Again in Saudi Arabia

Premium Tap Wins Again in Saudi Arabia

Making his second start in Saudi Arabia since a game runner-up effort to Invasor in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Premium Tap crushed 16 rivals Nov. 2 in the 2,000-meter Ministry of Culture and Information Cup at Al Janadriah racecourse, winning by seven lengths in 2:01.66.

New Buyers Help Japanese Select Sale

A squadron of bold new buyers in the middle market lifted up the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale, keeping the foal portion nearly on pace with last year's scorching record results even though there were fewer players competing for the most expensive horses.

Momentum Gains for Changes in Claiming Rules

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A suggestion from Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella that rules for claiming races be changed to protect against horses with physical problems being passed along as "hot potatoes" to someone else appears to be taking root.

Officials Discuss International Commingling

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Officials representing virtually every major racing country around the world with pari-mutuel betting have taken the first step toward creating huge pools through international commingling that could revolutionize the sport.

Henny Hughes Resumes Training in Dubai

Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1) runner-up Henny Hughes has resumed training in Dubai but has missed so much time following his travel from the United States that it is not clear when he will return to racing.

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