Wednesday, March 25 2009

Right surface for Lucky Quality

Most punters are superstitious and one of racing's oldest superstitions is that you shouldn't wear green on a racetrack. I don't know if we can apply that to Hong Kong's Dubai Golden Shaheen contender Lucky Quality but it may well be that he has an aversion to the colour.

Either that or, and more likely, he simply won't stretch out on turf tracks with same electrifying speed as he does on the dirt where he's red hot.

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2009 Dubai World Cup latest – Tracknotes March 25

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Dubai World Cup (sponsored by Emirates) favourite Albertus Maximus strode on to the track Wednesday morning with all his muscles rippling.

After standing serenely to gaze over the grounds, he jogged to the finish line under exercise rider Rob Massey and then turned and exploded into a gallop that drew exclamations.

“Is that Albertus Maximus? Wow!” declared California trainer Doug O’Neill, who was watching from the backstretch rail.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 24, 2009) As Tampa Bay Downs reaches the three-quarter mark of its 83rd race meet leaders are emerging in the trainers’ and jockeys’ standings.

Daniel Centeno, who set a record last year for number of wins in a singe season with 144 victories to his credit, currently leads the jockey colony with 108 trips to the Winner’s Circle in 71 days of racing; additionally, Centeno is ranked at the time of this writing as the fourth leading rider in the nation by wins. Rosemary Homeister, Jr. is in second place at Tampa Bay Downs with 71 wins, while Ronnie Allen, Jr. is in third with 65 victories. Carlos Montalvo has booted home 50 winners in the current meet to rank fourth in the riders’ standings, and Tampa newcomer James Lopez rounds out the top five riders with 28 wins to his credit.

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Tuesday, March 24 2009

2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival Championships

Godolphin’s magnificent start to 2009 will be officially recognized at Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting when trainer Saeed bin Suroor, jockey Frankie Dettori, receive commemorative trophies for securing the respective championships for the Dubai International Racing Carnival while the stable will also be named as leading owner.

Bin Suroor’s 19 wins, Godolphin’s 17 and Dettori’s 16 were enough to secure the stable the Grand Slam of titles, the trainer ending the Carnival seven wins clear of South African Mike de Kock.

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Waterhouse and Singleton team up for Dubai Duty Free

It's the stuff of movies. Certainly of least three, at last count, have been published on the remarkable lives of trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner John Singleton who will be represented by Tuesday Joy in the Dubai Duty Free.

Waterhouse, the one-time actress who has now emulated her famous training father Tommy Smith with induction into Australian racing's Hall of Fame....and Singleton, the larrikin entrepreneur who 'shouted' the entire crowd a drink after his filly Belle Du Jour won the 2000 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Sydney.

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Zito team in good spirits

It’s been so long that Tim Poole can’t exactly remember when he began working for trainer Nick Zito.

“I’ve lost count; maybe 22 or 23 years,” Poole said after Zito’s Dubai World Cup hopeful, Anak Nakal, galloped Tuesday morning. “I knew Nick when he was working for Johnny Campo and I was riding horses for my dad who trained.”

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 24, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2009, online at and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.

The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries. Entry fee will be $200 per person with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will also be responsible for purchasing a $300 wagering card, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.

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Bruss confident of big Dubai World Cup run

Saudi Arabian-based Neil Bruss has high hopes that his first runners in the UAE could win the sport’s biggest prize, the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.

Zimbabwe-born Bruss only moved to the Middle East this season but the trainer - who is a familiar name in Africa - has enjoyed a fairytale start to his Saudi experience.

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Hay team peaking at the right time

Dubai-based owner Jim Hay is no stranger to success at the Dubai International Racing Carnival but a Dubai World Cup meeting winner still eludes him.

However, this year Hay, and his wife Fitri, in whose colours the horses run, have a real chance of turning that around with Balcarce Nov and Redding Colliery in the UAE Derby and King’s Gambit in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

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Dubai Duty Free contender Paco Boy flight went like a dream

Paco Boy, who is likely to be one of the favourites for the $5m Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night, has settled into his new surroundings at the International Barn, having “travelled like a dream” on the flight over from Britain on Saturday, according to Steve Knight, head lad to trainer Richard Hannon.

Knight, a former jump jockey who won the Grand National - universally known as the greatest steeplechase in the world – on Maori Venture in 1987, was expecting Hannon to arrive in Dubai on Monday night.

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2009 Dubai World Cup latest – Tracknotes March 24


Standing at the backstretch rail on Tuesday morning, assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin watched Albertus Maximus virtually soar past her while pulling against exercise rider Rob Massey in an impressive show of contained strength and speed.

“He’s happy—he just loves to train,” McLaughlin said with a smile. “It’s been another perfect morning.”

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The spectator guide to the 2009 Dubai World Cup

The date is Saturday March 28th. The place is Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The event is the Dubai World Cup meeting – Dubai’s premier sporting and social highlight.

Whether you’re ensconced in one of the elegant and sophisticated suites inside the grandstands and private boxes, or lounging outdoors on the lawns, every spectator should make the most of this unique and fabulous experience.

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