Dubai World Cup horse race to feature $12M purse

The 2019 Dubai World Cup will take place on Saturday, 30th of March. Despite several weeks still to go before the richest race in the world is run, the buildup is growing. On the 3rd of January, the 16th annual Dubai World Cup Carnival kicked off. The event is the lead up to the World Cup which takes place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Horse racing fans can learn more here about the 2019 Dubai World Cup. While the World Cup winner will take home $12m, the event’s total prize money has been increased to an astronomical $35m. The 2019 running of the Dubai World Cup could make or break a jockey’s, trainer’s, or horse’s career. Preparations are ongoing as the big day is just around the corner.

Dubai World Cup Carnival

The Dubai World Cup Carnival emerged from the gates in early January with over 200 runners from around the world battling it out for a piece of the $12.6m prize money. The carnival will see 10 race days. Nine of the race days will take place on consecutive Thursdays at Meydan Racecourse, while the 10th will be run on Super Saturday, 9th of March.

Super Saturday has become the traditional “dress rehearsal” for the Dubai World Cup. It gives horses, jockeys, trainers one last tune-up before the world’s richest horse race.

This year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival sees 71 trainers from around the globe taking part. The international trainers are up against local trainers and horses with famed Dubai-based horse training team Godolphin overseeing the events.

AGOS Horses to Watch

Dubai World Cup Favourites

The Dubai World Cup odds are already being tabulated by the world’s leading bookies. Whether these horses will make the elite race on the night remains to be seen.

Thunder Snow is the early favourite for the World Cup. Leading sportsbooks have Thunder Snow at odds of 7/2 with weeks still to go until the race’s running. A Godolphin owned horse, Thunder Snow won the 2018 edition of the Dubai World Cup. Thunder Snow is aiming to be the first back to back competition winner.

Dubai World CupFive-year-old Winstar Farm-Chinese Horse Club horse, Yoshida, is 8/1 to win the richest race in the world. Yoshida won two of his five races in 2018 with wins at Churchill Downs and Saratoga. The Japanese-bred horse finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, increasing hopes he can win the Dubai World Cup.

McKinzie was trained by legendary American horse trainer Bob Baffert and has early odds of 10/1 to win the World Cup. Baffert has stated McKinzie has the make-up of a Dubai World Cup winner. The trainer should know about winning the event as he has won it three times. Baffert won the Dubai World Cup in 1998 with Silver Charm and again in 2001 with Captain Steve. After 16 years without a win at Meydan, Baffert reached the winner’s circle a third time in 2017 with Arrogate. McKinzie has won five of his seven career races.

The Dubai World Cup will see the best of the best in horse racing descend on Meydan Racecourse in late March. The richest horse race in the world will see another name etched into history as they take home the largest purse in the sport.

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2019 Kentucky Derby Watch – Debut of Coliseum

Trainer Bob Baffert has another beast in his barn with the flashy gray Coliseum.  It’s extremely hard for a first time starter to win going 7 furlongs, but this was simply a walk in the park for this freakish two year old owned by Godolphin.  Barely asked by jockey Joe Talamo, Coliseum exploded when nudged down the stretch run at Del Mar (Nov. 17, 2018) to demolish the competition.  It reminded me of Curlin’s incredible debut win at Gulfstream Park.

Coliseum is the son of super stallion Tapit and is out of the stakes winning mare Game Face.  She has produced three other winners but yet to have a stakes winner represented.  That will soon change if this one stays healthy.

This is currently our #1 horse for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Watch:

Winner of 7 Runnings, Baffert Has This to Say about Debutante Stakes

3 Stars in the 2018 Debutante Stakes?

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has had representatives in the Del Mar Debutante, and race winners, for more than 20 years.

Batroyale in 1995 was the first of seven winners in the championship event for 2-year-old fillies of the summer meeting that Baffert has saddled.

But when he considered the talent assembling for the 68th running of the Debutante on Saturday afternoon, Baffert came to a strong conclusion.

“Gonna be a tough race,” Baffert said. “Gonna be one of the toughest Debutantes I’ve ever been in. You’ve got three outstanding fillies and it’s going to be a tough deal.”

Two of the three that Baffert referred to are Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Brill, a $1 million sale purchase a year ago who looked worth the price in a debut win here on July 18, and Simon Callaghan-trained Bellafina, who took the Grade II Sorrento Stakes on August 5 by 4 ¼ lengths.

Del mar chantal billboardThe third would be Baffert’s own Mother Mother, his choice from four fillies who showed Debutante potential in works or races this summer from the 22 he nominated (of a total 162) for the race.

Baffert, who has had multiple entries in the Debutante several times in the past, opted for Mother Mother, a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile who debuted with a 6 ½-length victory at six furlongs here on July 22, after she worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Monday morning. Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has been sent to Saratoga. Der Lu and The Aurelia Factor, debut winners at the meet, await later assignments.

The Debutante is a seven-furlong main track test with the winner securing Grade I victory status and a $180,000 share of the $300,000 purse.

“I was happy with her, she’s doing everything right,” Baffert said.

The field for the Debutante was drawn Wednesday. The entries in alphabetical order are: Bellafina (Flavien Prat), Boujie Girl (Geovanni Franco), Brill (Drayden Van Dyke), Mother Mother (Joe Talamo) and Watch Me Burn (Alonso Quinonez).

Source: Del Mar

The Weekend Wagers According to Dew

by Justin Dew

At some point, the idea of needing to race as a juvenile in order to win the Kentucky Derby will be a thing of the past. It’s really the last remaining Derby jinx. Is it possible, even remotely, that Bob Baffert knew what he had all along in Justify and decided, a mere three years after winning the Triple Crown, that he wanted to be the one to accomplish the impossible yet again? Maybe that’s a reach. And maybe Justify is a monster among boys. Will he need to be to break the Curse of Apollo? He’s defeated a grad total of eight horses in his two-race career. If he wins the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday and heads to Louisville as the favorite, he will do so having faced just one more horse in his career (14) than Enticed defeated in just one race.

Since I’ve never been a fan of Instilled Regard, I think the race pretty much comes down to a match between Justify and Bolt d’Oro, just like everyone else. If you think Bolt d’Oro needed his last, then maybe you give him an edge here and play a straight exacta that will pay 2-1 rather than accept 6-5 or even money on Bolt d’Oro. It’s not going to surprise me in the slightest if both horses end up 4-5 on the tote board at some point in the wagering.

The Bet: Straight Exacta: Bolt d’Oro-Justify

 

I had forgotten that Good Magic finished ahead of Enticed in the Champagne last fall. That bolsters my opinion ever so slightly that Good Magic is the most likely Kentucky Derby winner at this point, as Enticed has returned to win two graded stakes at two turns. He’ll likely go favored in the Wood Memorial on Saturday against a field that can best be described as the JV of this crop. Bob Baffert sends Restoring Hope from out west. Todd Pletcher will look to give Vino Rosso another shot at Kentucky Derby points. I don’t think Firenze Fire wants to go this far. Most of the rest seem at least a notch below the main contenders. Two horses intrigue me: Old Time Revival and Evaluator. I thought Old Time Revival ran a big race in both the Gotham and the Miracle Wood, and if he gets loose on the lead in here, don’t be surprised if he hangs around for a long, long time. And Evaluator has acquitted himself nicely in his two dirt starts. Both were around one turn, so I’ll be interested to see if he can close strongly with the added distance and class hike. He probably can’t, but at the price and against this bunch, I’ll take a chance that he can.

The Bet: Exacta Box: Enticed, Evaluator, Old Time Revival

Just because I’m a huge fan of Good Magic doesn’t mean I think he will win or has to win the Blue Grass Stakes. One thing for sure is that he’ll be overbet. Maybe he’s good enough to overcome the bad post, but I still have this nagging feeling that Chad Brown is setting this horse up to peak on Derby Day. So I could easily see Good Magic running an honest 3rd and heading to Louisville under the radar, so to speak. Quip and Kanthaka are near and dear to my heart, as I won big money on each of them this year at 18-1 and 11-1 respectively in their big stakes wins. But I think both wins were products of race shape and I don’t particularly like either of them in here. I prefer Free Drop Billy over Flameaway and Tiz Mischief among the remaining contenders with a win over the Keeneland surface, but the horse that I really expect to run big is Sporting Chance. I don’t think the ride he got last out at Oaklawn was all that strong, and I think D. Wayne Lukas will have him cranked to run big.

The Bet: Exacta Key: Sporting Chance over Free Drop Billy and Good Magic

 

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Justin Dew (Left)

Justin Dew is a regular contributor to the educational horse racing site, Agameofskill.com.  He was one of the original bloggers for the official KentuckyDerby.com website.

 

 

 

 

Bob Baffert & Unlucky Posts for American Pharoah, Dortmund

Preakness 2015 logo small It had to be one of those what-are-the-odds moments for trainer Bob Baffert, and we’re not talking about the fact that Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah was set as a 4-5 morning line favorite for the 140th running of the Preakness on Saturday at Old Hilltop. Baffert, who said before Wednesday’s race draw that he is…