Picks and Plays for Dubai World Cup Night

Almond Eye winning the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association By far the best race card in the world this Saturday will take place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, where the eight Thoroughbred races on Dubai World Cup Night will pit high-class runners from around the world against each other in a series of rich stakes events. I’ve gone through the card and have put together a list of horses that interest me [...]

Why I’m Betting Capezzano in the Dubai World Cup

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography Historically speaking, American runners have fared extremely well in the $12 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. For the majority of its history, the race has been conducted over 1 ¼ miles on dirt, and the result from 23 renewals has been 11 victories for horses based in North America. Excluding five years when the race was conducted on a synthetic Tapeta track, [...]

2019 Dubai World Cup Picks

Racing at Meydan, courtesy of Dubai Racing Club 2019 Dubai World Cup:  Capezzano Gate to Wire Win: Capezzano This year's Dubai World Cup appears to be lacking in pace. Thunder Snow, North America, and Capezzano appear to be the ones with the most early hoof, meaning whomever can establish a lead among the three might be the one to back. Of those three, Capezzano might be best. He ran Thunder Snow and the rest of his [...]

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BARN Podcast 3/20/19

We open the show discussing the probable list for the Dubai World Cup which is coming up next weekend. Then we welcome in Andy Serling from the New York Racing Association to talk about New York racing, the three year-old group, handicapping, and much more.

Dubai World Cup Update: New Shooters Take on Thunder Snow

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography The 2019 Dubai World Cup takes place on March 30. Although Thunder Snow remains the horse to beat, a few new shooters could make his quest for a second straight World Cup victory harder than we thought. Bob Baffert will send out two quality equines, McKinzie and Dabster, to take down the Dubai champ. Capezzano and Gronkowski, two horses trained by Salem bin Ghadayer, are also probable [...]

Godolphin Holds Strong Hand on Super Saturday at Meydan

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography High-class racing action will kick off earlier than usual on Saturday thanks to a stakes-packed card at Meydan in Dubai that includes two Group 1 events. Billed as “Super Saturday,” these races serve as major steppingstones toward the March 30 Dubai World Cup program, and several prominent runners aiming for big races three weeks from now will be in action. First and foremost is Thunder Snow, who [...]

2019 Dubai World Cup Update: Thunder Snow Looks for Repeat

Because both Accelerate and City of Light retired after the Pegasus World Cup in January, this year's Dubai World Cup is without a sure-fire favorite. The American contingent, led by Yoshida, appears deep. However, no American horse is as accomplished on dirt as 2018 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow. The Godolphin home bred has been sensational on dirt and disappointing on turf. No doubt, Saeed Bin Suroor feels he's got the Dubai World Cup winner. Right now, I think [...]

Dubai Carnival Update: Walking Thunder Carries Derby Dreams for Dubai

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography From the deserts of the Middle East to the bluegrass of Kentucky, who’s coming to Churchill Downs by way of Dubai? With 170 Kentucky Derby qualification points on the line in the March 30 UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, we're bound to see one or two horses use the desert challenge as a springboard to Churchill Downs. Although no UAE Derby starter has ever [...]

2019 Racing Preview: 5 Wishes for the New Year

Le Vent Se Leve winning the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun at Kawasaki Racecourse (Photo courtesy Akihiro Takeda/Churchill Downs) Happy New Year, racing fans! Maybe my greeting is a tad premature—2019 is still a few hours away—but I can’t help myself. I’m already thinking ahead to the new year and pondering an interesting question: If I could make five racing-related wishes, all guaranteed to come true in 2019, what would they be? Well, first I decided to put some limitations [...]