Where Arrogate is back on the worktab and Gun Runner is knocking off top-level wins with his Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) triumph last weekend, Neolithic was sidelined after contracting a respiratory illness on his trip back from Dubai.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2013
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate broke last, but rallied easily to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Mind Your Biscuits (#2 Gold), Gun Runner (#2 White), Qatar Man (IRE) (#10 Pink), Vettori Kin (BRZ) (#3 Pink), Hoppertunity (#5 White), and Neolithic (#12 White). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Neolithic (#12 White), Not Listenin'tome (#1 Gold), Heshem (#9 Yellow), Wild Dude (#13 Gold), Dundonnell (#9 Gold), Mondialiste (#10 Yellow), and Mubtaahij Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
The luck of draw was the latest obstacle to be cleared in Arrogate's favor, with the 4-year-old gray colt landing post 9 in a field of 14 for the March 25 Dubai World Cup.
Starlight Racing has reached an agreement to sell a half interest in Dubai World Cup contender Neolithic to Qatar Racing, it was announced March 21.
Horses preparing for the 2017 World Cup Day, Master Plan (#11 Pink), Heshem (#9 Yellow), Finsbury Square (#8 Black), Neolithic (#12 White), Cosmo Charlie (#8 Red), Top Score (#6 Red), and Mondialiste (#10 Yellow) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
A number of U.S.-based runners stepped out on the Meydan Racecourse track in preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 25.
Neolithic, third last time out in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), will take another crack at Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) March 25.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Both clocked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Jan. 14 under Todd Pletcher's supervision.
Starlight Racing will be represented by Neolithic in the upcoming $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), scheduled to be held for the first time Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Sticksstatelydude has raced at seven different racetracks and in four different states, but does his best in one--the Empire State.
|Trainer||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Neolithic View Five-Cross Pedigree||Harlan's Holiday||Harlan|
|Christmas in Aiken|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||F. Brothers, agent for Starlight||Denali Stud, agent||$460,000|