News

  • 27
    MAR

    Ron the Greek draws the far outside post in Dubai World Cup

    The Sports Network

    Ron the Greek, winner of last year's Jockey Club Gold Cup, has drawn the far outside post in a field of 16 international runners for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.

    Owned by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, Ron the Greek will be ridden by Jose Lezcano who was aboard the horse when he won the Gold Cup at Belmont Park last Sept. 28 by 6 3/4 lengths.

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  • 25
    MAR

    Dubai World Cup Hopefuls Stretch Legs at Meydan

    Blood-Horse Magazine

    Several contenders for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), including last year's runner-up Red Cadeaux, took to the track March 24 at Meydan to stretch their legs before the world's richest race March 29.

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  • 25
    MAR

    Dubai World Cup 2014 Thoughts - Adam's Turf

    Blood-Horse Magazine

    The Dubai World Cup is quickly approaching. Many of the world's best are likely entrants for the March 29 Dubai World Cup race card.

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  • 17
    MAR

    Likely Entrants for Dubai World Cup Card Released

    Blood-Horse Magazine

    There are 36 group I winners, including former American star Ron the Greek, among the fields taking shape for the eight Thoroughbred stakes on Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) card March 29. Three United States-based horses have shipped to Meydan Race Course to race on the $27 million card.

    Sixteen horses are likely for the main event at Meydan, the $10 million World Cup, and 10 are group or grade I winners, including Ron the Greek. The three-time grade I winner is now racing in Saudi Arabia under the name of Wattani, for the sons of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

    British-based globetrotter Red Cadeaux, who uncoiled a torrid late rally to take second behind United States-based Animal Kingdom in last year's World Cup, returns to take another crack at the world's richest race. Unlike last year, however, there are no American-based horses pointing to the 1 1/4-mile test on the synthetic Tapeta surface.

    Overall, only three U.S.-based horses are listed among the remaining preliminary fields: West Point Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes winner Twilight Eclipse, trained by Tom Albertrani, is probable for the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I); Zayat Stables' listed stakes winner Zee Bros, trained by Seth Benzel, is aimed at the $2 million Dubai Gold Shaheen (UAE-I); and Stud Sampaio's grade III winner Berlino Di Tiger, a Brazilian champion currently racing at Gulfstream Park with Eduardo Caramori, is pointing for the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I).

    For a full list of the fields, click here to download a PDF file.

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  • 14
    MAR

    Chicago Harness Racing Returns

    NH Play

    With a new 16-month contract with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association in place both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park are busily preparing for the opening of the 2014 racing season which will take place on Friday, March 14th at Maywood Park. Balmoral Park will host its opening weekend of racing on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th. As always, post time at both tracks will be 7:10 p.m. (central).

    Racing Secretary “Doc” Narotsky has announced the “box” is now open for the Friday program at Maywood Park and entries will close at 10 a.m. (central) on Monday, March 10th. Entries for the opener at Balmoral will be taken until Wednesday, March 12th at 10 a.m. (central).

    In a slight departure from its usual racing schedule Balmoral Park will be dark on Wednesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 26th before getting into full swing with its usual Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday racing schedule. Maywood will race on Thursday’s and Friday’s as usual.

    As usual, AmWager will have live streaming video and replays at AmWager.com.

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  • 10
    MAR

    UAE Derby-Bound Asmar Breaks Maiden With $250,000 Al Bastakiya Win

    Dubai Racing Club

    Fawzi Nass Charge is Six-Length Winner of Three-year-Old Race Under Richard Hughes

    The UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup day beckons for Asmar after his smooth victory in the Listed Al Bastakiya, the 1900m all-weather middle leg of the UAE Triple Crown.

    Trained by Bahraini, Fawzi Nass and having only his fourth career start he was losing his maiden tag in the process under an excellent ride from dual UK Champion Jockey Richard Hughes.

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