Donn Handicap winner Brass Hat draws post 7 for Dubai World Cup.

Donn Handicap winner Brass Hat draws post 7 for Dubai World Cup.


Field of 11 Set for Dubai World Cup; Brass Hat Draws Post Seven

A field of 11, including five America-based runners, will take the gate for Saturday's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

The post position draw was held Wednesday, with representatives of each runner choosing a game board that featured a post position number hidden inside. Representatives of Emirates Airlines, title sponsor of the world's richest race, chose each horse's name from a stack of unmarked folders to provide the order for choosing the post positions.

The other American runners going to the gate in the 10-furlong race include Choctaw Nation, Magna Graduate, Super Frolic, and Wilko.

Kory Bradley, the 10-year-old daughter of Brass Hat's trainer Buff Bradley and the granddaughter of owner Fred Bradley, chose post seven for the family's homebred son of Prized. Jockey Willie Martinez gets the mount.

"The post really didn't matter us," Buff Bradley said. "I'm pleased with the post we got. I've never raced here so I wasn't sure what post I wanted. I think we're in good position. We knew who we were running against, so this was just a formality to figure out where you get to go at the start."

Brass Hat enters the World Cup with back-to-back wins against graded stakes company in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) and the Donn Handicap (gr. I).

"We think we're coming into this race at a time when we're peaking a little bit," Buff Bradley said. "I think he's on top of his game right now. With each race he's gotten better and finished in hand in every race."

Another American runner to watch is the Jeff Mullins-trained Choctaw Nation, who finished third in this race last year. Choctaw Nation, who is now owned by Sheikh Rashid, drew post four and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

"He was here last year, so he's settled in very well," Mullins said. "We'll take him to the paddock to school a little bit tonight."

The field for the $6-million World Cup (UAE-I):

1-- Electrocutionist, L. Dettori
2--Shakis, W. Supple
3--Kane Hekili, Y. Take
4--Choctaw Nation, V. Espinoza
5--Chiquitin, M. Kinane
6--Maraahel, R. Hills
7--Brass Hat, W. Martinez
8--Magna Graduate, J. Velazquez
9--Wilko, G. Gomez
10--Star King Man, O. Peslier
11-- Super Frolic, C. Nakatani

Dubai World Cup Day Runners (PDF)