For the second year in a row, AmWest Entertainment will offer worldwide distribution of the racing signal for wagering on the Dubai International Racing Carnival from Meydan Racecourse.
The racing programs begin Jan. 13 and continue through Dubai World Cup day on March 26.
"Dubai racing means the world’s best Thoroughbreds, full fields, formful wagering, and attractive payoffs, and these features have energized a growing legion of horseplayers and fans," said AmWest CEO Nelson Clemmens. "It is a compelling 11 days of opportunity for everyone. The exclamation point is World Cup Day, which challenges the world’s best competitors on the richest program of racing anywhere on the globe, setting the stage for the most exciting day of racing we will witness in 2011."
"We were very pleased with the results of our first year of association with AmWest, which obviously worked very hard to garner the extra participation and record results we experienced from the Americas in 2010," said Frank Gabriel Jr., chief executive officer of the Dubai Racing Club. "Interest and entries are better than ever and point to a season of exceptional racing that we’re sure the fans in North and South America will enjoy."
According to the Dubai Racing Club, about 200 horses from 17 countries are aimed at the Carnival, in addition to runners from Godolphin and other powerful Dubai-based stables. Average daily purse distribution during the Carnival will reach a record $1.1-million, excluding World Cup Day.
"Not only do we have increasing numbers, but we have horses in every division that represent higher quality. This is the best group of horses the Carnival has ever had," said Martin Talty, manager of the Dubai Racing Club’s international department.
The roster of expected Dubai runners at this point includes North American champion Gio Ponti and multiple grade I winner Richard’s Kid; European group I winners Twice Over, Byword and Gitano Hernando; South African champion and Hong Kong International Sprint winner J J the Jet Plane; additional South African group I winners Bold Silvano and River Jetez; newly crowned Japanese Horse of the Year Buena Vista and fellow Japanese champions Victoire Pisa, Kinshasa No Kiseki, and Espoir City; Argentine classic winner Anaerobio and group I winner Paulinho, who are expected to vie for the United Arab Emirates classic races, and California-based stars Crowded House, a group I winner in England, and Ferneley, both trained by Ben Cecil.
"The Carnival has grown in that horses that previously only came for the World Cup program now are coming for races during the Carnival, which has gone from strength to strength," Talty said.