All Kimmel would say is that the horse’s owner, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, has decided against returning the son of Pleasant Tap to the United States, and will keep him in Saudi Arabia. Kimmel says he doesn’t know who will train the horse or if he even will start again this year.
King Abdullah purchased Premium Tap last year from George “Bud” Kline, Peter Alevizos, and David Whelihan, with the goal of winning
Premium Tap won the race off a three-month layoff, and then ran a game second in the Dubai World Cup, setting all the early pace and giving way grudgingly to Invasor.
Kimmel said Premium Tap came out of the World Cup as good as ever.
Last year, the colt won the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and