No one questions whether Gun Runner will show up in the Dubai World Cup. What he'll answer at Meydan Racecourse is whether his best is good enough to challenge the favorite Arrogate, who is so far without peer.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Master Plan (#11 Pink), Sounds of Earth (#5 Green), Apollo Kentucky (#4 White), Amazing Kids (#2 Black), He Runs Away (#4 Pink) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Mind Your Biscuits (#2 Gold), Vivlos (#5 Yellow), Epicharis (#5 Pink), Awardee (#3 White), Lani (#14 White), Gold Dream (#7 White), and Kafuji Take (#2 Blue) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Judging his recent race form, trainer Jorge Navarro is declaring the current version of Sharp Azteca to be the best he has seen, a claim the dark bay runner will aim to back in the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Meydan Sobha (G2) at Meydan Race Course.
Mind Your Biscuits, Stallwalkin' Dude and St. Joe Bay will carry the U.S. banner in the 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs) dirt sprint, which pays $1.2 million to the winner.
Owner Jerry Crawford talks about Keen Ice and his preparations for the March 25 Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Saeed bin Suroor talks about Move Up, who runs in the March 25 Dubai World Cup, after the post position draw on March 22. Courtesy ClubGodolphin.com
The UAE Derby features a Japanese runner already qualified for a spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in the form of Epicharis. Another, Adirato, could earn a spot with a victory March 25 at Meydan.
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.
Daughter Marea Negra wins 2 1/2-furlong maiden race in Mexico.
Horses preparing for the 2017 World Cup Day, including Limato (#1 Black), Wall of Fire (#12 Red), Decorated Knight (#11 Yellow), Handassa (#4 Grey), Sheikhzayedroad (#2 Red), Big Orange (#3 Red), and Postponed (#1 Green). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
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.
For the last couple of years, French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre has left Meydan with at least one valuable prize in his pocket.
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
Trainer Chad Summers talks about Mind Your Biscuits, who runs in the March 25 Dubai Golden Shaheen Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for the 2017 World Cup Day, including Stallwalkin' Dude (#4 Gold), Sharp Azteca (#1 Blue), Triple Nine (#10 Blue), and Long On Value (#7 Black) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Footage of morning training at Meydan on March 20, 2017 in the days leading up to the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club. Neolithic (#12 White), Hopportunity Bob Baffert (#5 White), and Keen Ice Todd Pletcher (#8 White)
Three-time grade 1 winner Frosted, the son of leading North American sire Tapit, will join the Darley roster at Northwood Park this year, while Prix Jean Prat (G1) winner Territories, from the family of Street Cry, will shuttle to Kelvinside.
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There will be 15 candidates on the Thoroughbred side on a final ballot for 2017 induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, including Sovereign Award-winning trainer Reade Baker and Canada's Horse of the Year in 2000 Quiet Resolve.
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.
The gelded son of Street Boss makes history with an emphatic win in the March 19 BMW Hong Kong Derby.
Winx, Australia's reigning super mare, had no trouble with the heavy turf against six overmatched opponents in the March 18 China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes (G1) and rolled to her 16th straight win by more than seven lengths.
The 3-year-old Hussonet gelding out of champion Almah sold to Peter Lau for HK$10.5 million.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will shuttle to Oussama Aboughazale's Sumaya Stud near Santiago, Chile, for the next three seasons, according to announcements March 16 from Taylor Made Farm and Sumaya Stud.
It's one big race after another, after another March 18 at Rosehill Gardens outside Sydney but the main focus will be on--who else?--Winx.
Son of Street Boss looking to be first to sweep Hong Kong's Classic Series but faces one of the deepest fields ever in the Hong Kong Derby.
Two young sires on opposite ends of the globe were rewarded March 11 with first black-type winners—both in graded stakes.
The 24-year-old son of Danehill was champion sire in Britain and Ireland and had a stellar year as a broodmare sire in 2016, having been represented by group 1 winners The Gurkha, Minding, and Alice Springs.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate worked seven furlongs in 1:25 March 12 at Santa Anita Park in his final move before shipping to Dubai March 13 for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner elicited the usual strong reviews for his final work before shipping for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), covering six furlongs in 1:12 March 11.
Prince Khalid Abdullah's elite breeding operation will support 35 stallions in four countries.
With the Dubai World Cup preps concluded and the big night only a few weeks away, I thought I would get everyone in the mood by reprinting a feature my daughter Mandy wrote for Dubairacenight.com in 2010 about her experiences.
The first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings for 2017 features a tie at the top between superstars Arrogate and Winx (AUS), who each earned a 127 rating.
The Horse People's Alliance of Ontario is calling for increased transparency and more accountability in the industry and in regulation because of concerns about changes to Woodbine purses in 2017.
Arrowfield homebred Earth Angel, out of grade 1 winner and Australian champion Miss Finland, won by half a length at first asking March 8 at Ballarat.
The Cape Thoroughbred Sales' March 18-19 yearling sale includes lots from first-crop sires Duke Of Marmalade, Jackson, Master of My Fate, Noble Tune, Pomodoro, Potala Palace, and Where's That Tiger.
The Investec Derby from Epsom Downs Racecourse in the UK will be shown live on NBC Sports Network for the first time this year.
NBC Sports viewers will get the chance to watch the world's top-ranked racehorse Arrogate compete in the $10 million Dubai World Cup from Meydan Racecourse later this month, following an agreement with Racecourse Media Group (RMG).
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.
The dark bay filly, born Feb. 17, is out of Roanoke mare Screamer and bred by Christine and Jay Hayden.
Argentinian-bred Sixties Song easily won the March 5 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1) at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Jockey João Moreira, known as "Magic Man" to Hong Kong bettors, scored eight wins on the March 5 card at Sha Tin Racecourse, bettering the local record by two.
Sunday's Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) in Chile serves as benchmark for international classifications for South American runners.
The Tulip Sho is considered a trial for the grade 1 Oka Sho (the Japanese One Thousand Guineas) April 9 at Hanshin.
The Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy, out of the multiple grade 1-winning Awesome Again mare Round Pond, surged to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1).
After turning in his first workout since capturing the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his seasonal bow, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner let his connections know he is willing to be Dubai bound.
The $500,000 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1), South America's richest race, has drawn of a field of 16. The 1 1/2-mile turf race will be run for the first time at the Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
During the past decade Argentina's stallion profile has become overwhelmingly North American, with a paucity of indigenously bred stallions able to succeed as more refined specimens made their way to the Pampas.
The second Pan American Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., May 17 - 20, 2017, will include several prominent international personalities leading panel discussions centered on racetrack and facility design.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced Sean Pinsonneault, the company's Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Wagering, will be leaving the organization on March 7, 2017.
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