Five-year-old mare Dar Re Mi, with new rider William Buick aboard, outlasted Buena Vista and Spanish Moon to capture the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) in the race preceding the World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.
Godolphin’s Calming Influence took over rounding the turn, opened up a commanding lead in the stretch, and held off Green Coast to win the $1-million Godolphin Mile sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-II) by a length March 27 at Meydan Racecourse on the Dubai World Cup undercard.
Mission Impazible gave trainer Todd Pletcher yet another major Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender March 27 when the son of Unbridled's Song overtook a pair of horses in deep stretch to win the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Fair Grounds Races & Slots.
The impeccably bred Battle Plan lived up to his billing in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), taking the field nearly all the way in his stakes debut to defeat General Quarters by 1 1/2 lengths March 27 at Fair Grounds.
Facing winners for the first time, WinStar Farm's Endorsement shipped to Sunland Park and Casino from Louisiana and handed Triple Crown contender Conveyance his first defeat in the Sunland Derby (gr. III) in New Mexico March 28.
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Lothenbach Stables’ Bearpath stalked pacesetter Brother Nick for 11 furlongs, took over inside the eighth-pole, then held off favorite Never On Sunday to win the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 27 on the Gulfstream Park turf.
Front-running Speak Easy Gal stretched her speed farther than she ever has before when she held off Lady Shakespeare by a head to capture the Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf at 12 furlongs March 28.
Asked to go 12 furlongs for the first time in his career, Tap It Light answered the call in the Tokyo City Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 27, holding off the late charge of Rendezvous by three-quarters of a length.