Kentucky-based stables are among the Americans racing today for $21 million offered in six stakes races at Nad al Sheba track in Dubai.
Invasor, 2006 Horse of the Year in the United States, will cap off Lexington native Kiaran McLaughlin's training career if he wins the $6 million Dubai World Cup.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, owner of Shadwell Farm in Lexington, races Invasor. Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell, has joined McLaughlin in Dubai for this Grade I race.
Invasor, a 5-year-old, forms part of a trio of American-based horses who are expected to dominate the World Cup: 4-year-old Discreet Cat, foaled and raised in Kentucky and undefeated in six starts (trainer: Saeed bin Suroor), and Premium Tapp, trained by New York-based John Kimmel, winner of the Clark Handicap last fall at Churchill Downs.
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Winners of four Breeders' Cup races last fall at Churchill Downs are racing today in Dubai. Besides Invasor, they are Miesque's Approval, Thor's Echo, and Red Rocks.
New York-based trainer Todd Pletcher, who races a division of his stable in Kentucky, has five racing in three stakes in Dubai today.
Pletcher will saddle Bishop Court Hill and Friendly Island in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen; Honey Ryder and Host in the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic and English Channel in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free.
Honey Ryder, winner of the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park on the turf last fall, is owned by Glencrest Farm of Lexington.
Trainer Doug O'Neill, who won the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last fall with Great Hunter, is racing two today in Dubai: Harvard Avenue in the Golden Shaheen and Lava Man in the Dubai Duty Free.
Kentucky-based trainer Eddie Kenneally also has a horse in Dubai, Kelly's Landing. The winner of last fall's Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland is racing in the Golden Shaheen.
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday (HRTV), 2:30 p.m. (ABC-36)
Where: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
For: 4-year-olds and up Distance: 11/4 miles
Purse: $6,000,000 Weight: all are carrying 126 pounds
Pp Horse Jockey Odds
1 Discreet Cat L. Dettori 8-5
2 Vermilion C. Lemaire 20-1
3 Bullish Luck B. Prebble 10-1
4 Kandidate S. Sanders 15-1
5 Premium Tap D. Desormeaux 9-2
6 Forty Licks M. Kinane 15-1
7 Invasor F. Jara 6-5