Italian Derby Winner Takes Grosser Preis von Baden

Morshdi utilized a wide rally to win the fourth leg of the Emirates World Series, the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I). On good to soft turf at Baden-Baden, the 3-year-old colt completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.27 under Philip Robinson.

German Derby (Ger-I) winner Boreal (by Java Gold), a half-brother of 1997 Grosser Preis von Baden winner Borgia, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Sabiango (Acatenango) finished third as 3-year-olds swept the top three finishing positions. 4-year-old Paolini (Lando) finished fourth in the 12-horse field.

Italian Derby (Ity-I) winner Morshdi (Slip Anchor--Reem Albaraari, by Sadler's Wells) finished behind Galileo in his two most recent races prior to Sunday, finishing second in the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) and eighth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) when facing older horse for the first time. Morshdi's career record improved to three wins from eight starts with Sunday's victory.

Morshdi also earned 12 Emirates World Series points with the win, moving him into a four-way tie with Silvano, Captain Steve, and Galileo. Hightori is next with eight points, with Hap, Fantastic Light, and To The Victory tied with six points. The next race in the series is set for Saturday, when Fantastic Light and Galileo will likely renew their rivalry in the 1 1/4-mile Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I).