Picks and Ponderings: Dubai World Cup Preview

In addition to the races going on locally and even stateside, Saturday is the culmination of the Carnival in Dubai.  A full card of seven-figure stakes races is set to go on Saturday, including the richest race in the world: the Dubai World Cup.

The main-track races at Meydan have been run on Tapeta since the course opened in 2010, but that track has been replaced with a new dirt track.  With the change in surface, Dubai’s big day has sparked more excitement among stateside racing fans — and connections of horses here, who have been a bit more apt to send their horses across the ocean to test their mettle on the new surface.

At Picks and Ponderings, I dive into three of the stakes on the Dubai World Cup card: the Dubai World Cup, the Sheema Classic, and the United Arab Emirates Derby.  The Dubai World Cup features two of the top American handicap horses, California Chrome and Lea, facing a cast of characters that includes defending champion African Story.  In the Sheema Classic, Main Sequence attempts to run his record with trainer Graham Motion to a perfect six-for-six, and show that he can take his form abroad.  In the UAE Derby, Mubtaahij, Maftool, and Sir Fever finally get to have their battle royal — and lone American representative My Johnny Be Good will see if going half a world away will help him rebound from a disappointing outing in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII).

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, dive into these races with me, and let me know what you think in the comment section!

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