Bayern, Main Sequence lead possible US contingent to Dubai

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The 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival is under way at the legendary Meydan racecourse and it promises to be the most exciting Carnival yet. What makes this year’s Carnival different than the rest? The dirt is back in Dubai and the top US contenders have taken notice! Meydan Racecourse has set the stage, and over the next three months the finest equine athletes from around the world will throw down for international bragging rights…and over $38M in purse money.

It all started on a dirt surface in 1996 when the championed US horse Cigar triumphed over his competitors from Dubai, Japan, Australia, and Europe to win the very first Dubai World Cup. Will the return of the dirt bring about another US winner on the 20th anniversary of Cigar’s victory? We won’t know for sure until they reach the wire on March 28, but one thing is certain, the US will be well represented.bayern main(1)

Two of the three finalists for Horse of the Year have already set their sights on capturing the Dubai World Cup, Bayern (pending the status of a recent quarter crack) and Main Sequence.

The four-year-old speedster won this year’s Breeders' Cup Classic, in addition to the Woody Stephens, the Haskell and Pennsylvania Derby.

Main Sequence
The experienced 6-year old has won 4 straight Grade 1 stakes including the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Even more US horses that may be looking towards the world’s richest race:

Candy Boy
Winner of the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes in February. He also finished in the money at the Santa Anita Derby, the Los Alamitos Derby, the West Virginia Derby and the Pennsylvania Derby.

Finished 2nd in this year's Belmont Stakes and the Peter Pan.

Cool Cowboy
Winner of three graded stakes, two in 2014.

Distinctiv Passion
Winner of the G3 Midnight Lute at Santa Anita on December 27.

Salutos Amigos
G3 Fall Highweight winner in November at Aqueduct and the G3 Bold Ruler at Belmont in October.

Secret Circle
Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner in 2013 and 2nd place finisher this year.

There is no doubt that these US-based Dubai World Cup hopefuls will see some stiff competition as they seek to take on the best horses the world has to offer. However, it’s this international scope that makes the Dubai Carnival and Dubai World Cup so exciting and prestigious.