The schedule begins with the Godolphin Mile at 9:40 a.m.; followed by the UAE Derby (10:15 a.m.); Dubai Golden Shaheen (10:55 a.m.), Dubai Duty Free (11:55 a.m.) , Dubai Sheema Classic (12:40 p.m.) and the world’s richest race -- the 14th running of the Group 1, $6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline (1:30 p.m.).
There will be advance wagering on all Dubai World Cup Day races on Friday, March 27, except via internet. On Saturday, the first three races will be available by Telebet and internet only; the Dubai Duty Free will be available via Telebet, internet and self-service terminals only; and the last two races will be available at all windows.
There is an 18 percent takeout on win and place (actually place and show and 25 percent on exactas, trifectas, superfectas, Pick 3s and Pick 6s. A $1 minimum wager is available.
Asiatic Boy and Well Armed, runner-up and third, respectively, to eventual two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in the 2008 Dubai World Cup, are expected for the Dubai World Cup.
Kiaran McLaughlin, who trained 2007 Dubai World Cup winner and Horse of the Year Invasor, is expected to run Shadwell Stable’s 5-year-old Albertus Maxmus here. Winner of Gulfstream Park’s Grade 1 Donn Handicap on January 31, he will be ridden by Alan Garcia, New York’s leading jockey in 2008 and last year’s Belmont Stakes winner aboard Da’Tara.
In addition to the Dubai races, Aqueduct will offer 10 live races of its own, beginning at 1 p.m. The feature race will be the 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Next Move for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at nine furlongs on the inner dirt track.
NYRA will offer a $250,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on races 7-10 on its live card.