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  • Dubai

    Here are the declarations for March 28, 2009. Lots of interesting contests, but it'll be especially sweet to see Indian Blessing back on dirt where she's undefeated under a mile

    Kahayla Classic 20000M $250,000

    Al Jalfane (FR)
    Al Moutawakel (FR)
    Amoking (US)
    Fryvolour (FR)
    Nashwan Al Khalidiah (SA)
    Nil Blanc (FR)
    Nirwan (FR)
    Palapal (GB)
    Paris Gagner (FR)
    Santhal (FR)
    Shadiyda (FR)
    Vite Royale (US)

    Goldolphin Mile $1,000,000

    Al Morhij (KSA)
    Art of War (SAF)
    Brave Tin Soldier (USA)
    Cat Junior (USA)
    Dijeerr (USA)
    Don Renato (CHI)
    Gayego (USA)
    Golden Arrow (IRE)
    Green Coast (IRE)
    Informed (USA)
    Kalahari Gold (IRE)
    Lucky Find (SAF)
    Summer Doldrums (USA)
    Tiz Now Tiz Then (USA)
    Two Step Salsa (USA)

    UAE Derby 1800 M $2,000,000

    Balcarce Nov (ARG)
    Muy Ponderado (ARG)
    Paso De Gloria (ARG)
    Soy Libriano (ARG
    So Shiny (ARG)
    Desert Party (USA)
    I am the Best (GB)
    Jose Adan (USA)
    Lelah Dorak (KSA)
    Naval Officer (USA)
    Ra Junior (USA)
    Redding Colliery (USA)
    Regal Ransom (USA)

    Golden Shaheen 1200M $2,000,000

    Balthazaar’s Gift (IRE)
    Bamboo Ere (JPN)
    Big City Man (USA)
    Black Seventeen (USA)
    Change Alley (USA)
    Diabolical (USA)
    Force Freeze (USA)
    Hammadi (IRE)
    Lucky Quality (AUS)
    Machismo (USA)
    Marchand D’Or (FR)
    Indian Blessing (USA)

    Duty Free 1777M turf $5,000,000

    Alexandros (GB)
    Archipenko (USA)
    Balius (IRE)
    Bankable (IRE)
    Charlie Farnsbarns (IRE)
    Creachadoir (IRE)
    Gladiatorus (USA)
    Hyperbaric (USA)
    Jay Peg (SAF)
    Kip Deville (USA)
    Niconero (AUS)
    Paco Boy (IRE)
    Presvis (GB)
    Lady marian (GER)
    Tuesday Joy (NZ)
    Vodka (JPN)

    Sheema Classic 2400M turf $5,000,000

    Doctor Dino (FR)
    Eastern Anthem (IRE)
    Kings Gambit (SAF)
    Kirklees (IRE)
    Macarthur (GB)
    Marsh Side (USA)
    Purple Moon (IRE)
    Quijano (GER)
    Red Rocks (IRE)
    Russian Sage (SAF)
    Spanish Moon (USA)
    Youmzain (IRE)
    King of Rome (IRE)
    Deem (IRE)
    Front House (IRE)

    World Cup 2000M $6,000,000

    Albertus Maximus (USA)
    Anak Nakal (USA)
    Arson Squad (USA)
    Asiatic Boy (ARG)
    Casino Drive (USA)
    Gloria De Campeao (BRZ)
    Happy Boy (BRZ)
    Joe Louis (ARG)
    Muhannak (IRE)
    Muller (ARG)
    My Indy (ARG)
    Paris Perfect (SAF)
    Snaafy (USA)
    Well Armed (USA)

  • #2
    The Duty Free is great race, chock full of some nice horses. The horses in this race have won close to $30m dollars in earnings between them!

    Despite recent defeats, I think Jay Peg will be primed to defend his crown. His prep schedule reminds of last year.

    There is a hot trio of fillies in this race though, the high class Japanese filly Vodka, who has beaten males in G1s at distances from 1m to 1¾m, the Aussie filly, Tuesday Joy another mutliple G1 winner against males, and the German bred, Lady Marian who won last year's Prix de la Opera, but has yet to run against males.

    There's a lot of interest in Paco Boy, a damn good miler who has beaten the likes of Darjina and Natagora and gotten to within a length of Goldikova, but I think this 1777m trip (almost-9f) will be outside his comfort zone.

    The ex-Bolger horse Creacadóir is back after almost a year lay-off, hard to see him regain the form that won him the Lockinge G1 and almost win the Hong Kong Mile. Then you have Kip Deville the best miler in the US, Niconero a multiple G1 winner from a mile to 10f in Aus, the globetrotter ex-Coolmore horse, Archipenko who has been placed in G1s on 4 continents since Mike de Kock got his hands on him.

    A fascinating race all round


    • #3
      The Sheema...

      If ever a horse deserved to win a big ass race, it's Youzmain, talking about the eternal bridesmaid. This horse has been 2nd in two Prix de l'Arc for godsakes.

      Purple Moon, a horse that has won races from 1m to 2m, gotta love a horse like that. Hard to really see him as an elite horse, but he strikes me as a Sergeant Cecil type that gets better with age, and probably never gets the credit he is due. I think he'll be thereabouts in the shake up.

      Doctor Dino, another Globetrotter who has raced in 7 different countries (Fra, Can, USA, Eng, Dub, HK, Singapore) and has twice won the HK Vase. Will come into the race off a 4 month lay off, not having preped in Dubai like many of the others.

      The German bred Quijano is another that crisscrosses the globe running in various countries and continents. Problem is that outside of Germany and Italy he rarely wins, though he does sometimes end up in the money.

      The Neil Drysdale trained Marsh Side's one big win was in the Canadian Intl, outside of that there isn't much to recommend him.

      Red Rocks two claims to fame are that he won the BC Turf and he beat Curlin. Problem is both those races happened in the US and he sucks when he runs anywhere else. No bute and lasix here so he's a toss out.

      For a dark horse, I like King of Rome, another ex-Coolmore horse trained by Mike de Kock (geez, did this guy get some kind of package deal? He has Macarthur, Archipenko too) that de Kock seems to turning in the direction of being a bonafide G1 caliber horse.


      • #4
        The WHIRLED CUP....

        Man, is this one of the sorriest aggregation of horses ever assembled for a multi-million dollar race or what? They should seriously take about $4m of the $6m purse and split it between the Duty Free and the Sheema. Even then it would still be worth too much.

        Albertus Maximus fav for a $6m race? OOO kkk.
        When you think about it, Casino Drive could conceivably win this race, which says more about the quality of the field than it does about Casino Drive.
        Muhannak is in this race? This is a horse that less than a year ago was running in class 4 handicaps.

        I think it will come down to a tussle between Well Armed and Asiatic Boy.


        • #5
          I am very excited to see Desert Party! We bred and raced his dam so it would be great to see him make it to the Derby!


          • #6
            Thanks for the info and insight folks. I will be in the grandstand tomorrow in Dubai. Although there is no wagering we plan to make our own private wagers and I am told there are always a few bookies in the Irish Pub!!
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            • #7
              is it on tv today- like right now?


              • #8
                TVG and HRTV, or you can watch on the web at www.ESPN360.com.


                • #9
                  found it on youbet.com now, thanks!


                  • #10
                    If you have a good highspeed connection, I'd recommend the ESPN360 feed, the quality of the picture is much higher than Youbet.


                    • #11
                      hmm, looks complicated to set up at last minute. Happy to watch it even if horses are all built of little squares!


                      • #12
                        I saw this every year but the video broadcast quality and camera angles for Dubai are vastly, vastly, vastly superior to what is aired for any US race. Props to their video production.

                        It is such a shame that we are stuck in the 1950's with a stationary roof-top camera capturing what looks like ants on the backstretch.


                        • #13
                          ESPN360 is not available in my area. I am on the youbet website, and am not really understanding how to get live coverage....do I need to register/sigh up. and most importantly, do I have to pay?
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                          • #14
                            Frankie looks p1ssed in the jocks room after the UAE Derby!! LOL.


                            • #15
                              Linda, I'm not sure about the sign up, but I've been using them since Breeders Cup and don't have complaints. They only charge you a monthly if you're betting.


                              • #16
                                glimmerglass, I was so struck by that too this morning, amazing angles you never see in US. Those shots in the loading amazing.


                                • #17
                                  I must say that - as usual - Aaron Gryder came off as very professional when being inteviewed before going to jcoks room and getting ready for the Golden Shaheen.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by justalittlex View Post
                                    glimmerglass, I was so struck by that too this morning, amazing angles you never see in US. Those shots in the loading amazing.
                                    That is standard for big races worldwide not just in Dubai. Check out replays of the big races in Aus, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, they put you right up in the action. I still firmly believe that that is one of the reasons that racing enjoys higher degree of popularity in those places than it does in the US. It's actually exciting to watch, draws people in.


                                    • #19
                                      Now the real racing starts.
                                      Horses at the gate for the Dubai Duty Free.


                                      • #20
                                        Holy ga moly!!!

                                        Did I just see that?