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Early morning at the track with the mosques in the background.
Dubai World Cup Workouts

Date: 03/28/2008

With just one day left before the World Cup, many entrants came out to the main track, turf course, and training track for some last minute preparations on Friday morning. Most gallopers on the main track went one lap, or 1 3/8 miles, on this final full training session. Few entrants are expected to gallop Saturday morning with the track scheduled to be open for just 80 minutes. Here is a selection of runners expected to start on Saturday.

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Curlin went out for a one mile gallop early on the training track rather than later on the main track as scheduled, in order to provide a more peaceful atmosphere. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi said, "I just decided that we're ready and what's done is done, and that a quiet day would be good for the horse. My job is to get him to the race as best as we can. We just took him out to give him a little exercise and keep him happy."

A.P. Arrow, seen here being walked by assistant trainer Ginny De Pasquale, galloped one lap (1 3/8 miles) of the main track under exercise rider Eddie King. De Pasquale said, "He seems like he's pretty relaxed now. Being on the outside (post 13) like that, there's no shot whatsoever of getting boxed out. We ought to have a pretty clean trip, but I don't want to be 13 wide, either."

Vermilion cantered lightly over the main track under exercise rider Shinji Furukawa under the careful supervision of trainer Sei Ishizaka, who said, "The horse's condition is all set for (the Dubai World Cup) both mentally and physically. Since jockey Yutaka Take has been on him on him for the galloping on Wednesday, the horse gets more power and seems to know the race is coming shortly. He will just walk around the stable area tomorrow morning, but depending on his condition, we may walk him over dirt track to get him more acquainted with it."

Well Armed came out for some light work on Friday morning in preparation for tomorrow's Classic. Trainer Eoin Harty said, "I'm a legitimate contender. Whether I'm good enough to beat the best horse in the world right now, I don't know. But I believe we're good enough to compete and give a very good account of myself. The horse is training very well. He's sound and he's happy and he's fit. He'll get the trip. There's not much more that I can do."

Youmzain was out for some light work Friday morning. Trainer Mick Channon said of his Sheema Classic entrant, He could not be in better nick, and now it is down to (jockey Richard Hughes). He wants an end-to-end gallop, but there are enough runners that I can't believe there will be no pace and he is bucking and kicking this morning and raring to go."

Better Talk Now galloped 1 1/2 miles on the turf Friday morning under exercise rider Fenella O'Flynn in preparation for the Sheema Classic. Trainer Graham Motion said, "We've pretty much done the same thing with him that we did before he won the Breeders' Cup Turf at Lone Star Park. We've given him strong gallops rather than breeze here, and he's handled everything great." Regular rider Ramon Dominguez will be in the irons Saturday night.

Latency was back out on the track for a final gallop before his start in the Sheema Classic. Winner of the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini in his native Argentina, he will break from the rail under regular rider Jose Mendez for trainer Juan Udaondo.

Quijano was out for some light work Friday morning. Regular rider Andrasch Starke, who gets the call in the Sheema Classic, said, "He is in better shape than he was when he ran so disappointingly last year, and if he runs up to his Hong Kong form against Doctor Dino I can see him finishing in the three."

Yellowstone breaks from post 9 in the Sheema Classic under new rider John Egan for new trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. Egan said, "The horse has only recently joined Jane Chapple-Hyam and we are on a learning curve, but he seems well, though we could probably do with another month."

Doctor Dino, one of the favorites in the Sheema Classic, was out on the main track for some light work. Trainer Richard Gibson said,"We had a horse that has the right temperament and the right attitude to travel, he thrives on it, and so we decided to campaign him in the major international races around the world. He's a relatively straightforward horse, and Hong Kong was not that long ago. He had a little break on his return to Chantilly, but he's kept his level of fitness and condition, and I'd be pretty confident he'll run his race. It may even be an even bigger challenge than Hong Kong, but you'd expect that. I think it's a wide open race."

Majestic Roi, who has not raced since winning the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in October, also came out Friday morning. The Mick Channon trainee will break from post 2 under regular rider Darryll Holland. Channon said, She is all quality, as she showed when winning the Sun Chariot at Newmarket in October, and, though it is hard for fillies so early in the season, she did win the Fred Darling first time out last year. She has a good draw, and I don't see the extra distance being a problem, and she has thrived for six weeks in the sunshine."

Vodka, the Japanese-bred filly in the Duty Free, was sent out for light work on Friday by trainer Katsuhiko Sumii. He said, "She was shying and was not acquainted with the surroundings when she galloped on the turf earlier this week, so I decided to make her work over the dirt course with other two Japanese runners this morning. I think she was doing great. She seemed to listen to the rider and answered him very well. With the half-gallop this morning, she should be set for the big race mentally. She controls the quantity of her feed by herself and this is a good sign for her. Actually she lost some weight after she arrived, but she recovered and re-gained the weight during her stay in Dubai. She is in a very good form at this moment. She should perform well from any position. The left-handed course with its long stretch should suit her. I think she is all set for the race and I look forward to seeing her race tomorrow."

Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii sent out Duty Free entrant Admire Aura along with his UAE Derby entrant Iide Kenshin. He said of Admire Aura, "He was galloping with other two Japanese horses but my horse does not worry how many horses he gallops with. To be honest, he is in the best condition ever and is very relaxed all the time. He went to the parade ring to get familiarized with it and he was so well and settled. You will find out tomorrow how great this horse is."

Floral Pegasus, who was bred in Australia but is based in Hong Kong, was out on Friday morning in preparation for his Duty Free start. He finished second in his last two starts, the Steward's Cup and the Hong Kong Gold Cup, both at Sha Tin. Trainer Tony Cruz said, "This is the fifth time I've taken horses to Dubai and I am as happy as I have been any year."

Tony Cruz also trains Bullish Luck, who is also in the Duty Free. He was third in the Hong Kong Gold Cup in his last start. Brett Prebble, who rode the son of Royal Academy earlier in his career, gets the mount on Saturday.

Darjina was sent out for some light work on Friday morning by trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. Third in the Hong Kong Mile in her last start, she will break from post 11 under regular rider Christophe Soumillon.

Finsceal Beo, entered in the Duty Free, was out Friday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Jim Bolger, who said, "It depends whether we have got her back to the form she showed last spring, but all the signs have been favorable and she is a dual Guineas winner who has got lots of class."

Notional put in a gallop on the training track Friday morning in preparation for the Duty Free. Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, said, To me, he's in the toughest race of the whole card. This time, this race has a lot of champions in there. We're looking for a miracle. But the horse is training super. He's really motivated. He's a top horse. He got his race in California and the way we look at it the second race is better than the first after a bit of a layoff. That's what we expect."

Baharah galloped on the training track Friday morning in preparation for the Godolphin Mile. Trainer Gerard Butler said, "This is a bit different from winning at Kempton and Wolverhampton, but Jamie (Spencer) was impressed when he rode her on the Polytrack before we left, and, though she has it do on the ratings, she has an outside chance of sneaking a place."

Watch What Happens galloped on the training track Friday morning. Trainer Sean Woods said, "It's all going how I would have wished, his work the inside draw, everything really."

Narc was sent out for a gallop Friday morning by trainer Mike de Kock. He enters the Golden Shaheen off a three-race winning streak including the Emerald Cup at Vaal in his native South Africa in his last start. New jockey John Murtagh gets the call on Saturday night breaking from post 9.

Golden Shaheen hopeful Bushwacker schooled n the paddock on Friday. Trainer Bill Currin said, "I hope he'll jump from the gate, get a lead and relax in front, that way he has a chance. He has speed, he's the fastest horse I've ever trained, and he's been doing well in Dubai. He likes it over here."

Satish Seemar sent out his Golden Shaheen runner Cobalt Blue for a 1/4 mile blowout Friday morning. He said, "He just had a two furlong blow this morning. He's improved since he's been here, in the time we've had. I don't want to make excuses but I do wish we'd had another ten days, just to get to know the horse better. His last work was pleasing, but ideally you want to see two good works. It's a tough race, the two American horses, Idiot Proof and Benny The Bull, will be hard to beat. Our draw (post 1) is OK, although four or five would have been better."

Five-year-old Brazilian-bred mare Sarissa breaks from post 12 in the Golden Shaheen. Fourth in the Mahab Al Shimaal behind Diabolical last time out, she will have Christophe Lemaire aboard.

Calrissian, German-bred but locally based, breaks from post 11 in the Golden Shaheen. He was a close second in the Jebel Ali Sprint in his final prep, and will have new rider Ryan Moore in the irons Saturday.

Strike The Deal, entered in the UAE Derby having been unraced since finishing fourth in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, was out for a gallop Friday morning. Ryan Moore gets the call aboard the son of Van Nistelrooy for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

Massive Drama, the only U.S.-based entrant in the UAE Derby, put in a gallop Friday morning for trainer Dale Romans. Jockey Garrett Gomez gets the call aboard the son of Kafwain on Saturday night.

Light Green, a 4-year-old Brazilian bred filly taking on males in the UAE Derby, came out Friday morning for trainer Pedro Filho. She was third in the Balanchine Stakes last time out. Eduardo Guimares, racing manager for owner Haras Santa Camila, said, "Winning is not out of the question but we are much more confident she will run in the first four. We would be very disappointed if she didn't finish close. She can have a tendency to want to do too much in her work so we are trying to take it easy with her this week and keep her relaxed and quiet. She has improved a lot since her last run and is a different filly from the one that ran at the Carnival."

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