Thoroughbred Racing World Focused On Dubai World Cup
Today we are having breakfast in the desert for the 21st year with Y 2017 Edition of the Dubai World Cup card from the crown jewel of racing at the Meydan Racecourse.
This annual event on the last Saturday in March marks the end of the Winter racing season.
The Dubai World Cup going 1.25m on dirt, was the world’s richest race until this year when the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, FL in January surpassed it.
From Cigar in the inaugural running in Y 1996, to California Chrome last year, American based horses have dominated this race.
Today, 1 of the top American stars, who was not know a year ago goes for the glory today to add his name to the list of Desert Champions.
#9 Arrogate trained by Bob Baffert became a Superstar last Summer at Saratoga with a record setting victory in the Travers Stakes.
He followed that up with a dominant victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a few weeks ago winning the 1st Edition of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream.
With 3 straight Grade I wins is set to show his talent against the best in the world this evening.
All indications point to him as the odds-on favorite once again to find the winners circle in fantastic fashion.
On pure talent, Arrogate is head and shoulders over the 13 other runners his faces today.
The Big Q: Who for value purposes do you use underneath the phenom horse?
#7 Awardee hails from Japan and has been a proven runner at this distance on dirt with 3 victories in 12 starts and 5 other times in the money. In his last 8 starts, he has been no worst than 2nd, all in stakes. He is listed at 30-1 on the morning line and looks like a solid runner up horse to use at a price.
#5 Gun Runner was the 2nd best 3 year old last year when all was said and done. Other than his effort on a sloppy track in the Haskell Stakes, he has been very consistant. The only real stumbling block for him is the distance, a 1 Mile Quarter. Winless in 2 tries at this distance, other than that he figures a contender off his sharp form he has shown.
Others that you can use underneath the Top selections are, as follows:
#12 Hoppertunity who always figures to land a piece
#13 Special Fighter who was 4th in the race last year and makes his 2nd start off that layoff
#14 Mubtaahij who won the UAE Derby 2 years ago at this distance.
Numbers for this year’s Dubai World Cup: 9-7-5 with 12-13-14 in your superfectas.
The Top pickers selections for the remainder of the Dubai World Cup stakes card;
Godolphin Mile (1st): 7-6-8-10 / Dubai Gold Cup (3rd): 6-3-12-1 / UAE Derby (4th): 13-6-3-15 / Al Quoz Sprint (5th): 7-6-11-9 / Dubai Golden Shaheen (6th): 11-14-1-12 / Dubai Turf (7th): 1-4-12-10 / Dubai Sheema Classic (8th): 7-3-5-6.
Have a super afternoon at the races.