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Curlin on the track Monday morning in Dubai with fellow World Cup entrant A.P. Arrow in the background.
Dubai World Cup Workouts

Date: 03/24/2008

It was a busy, warm Monday morning at Nad al Sheba as a number of runners expected to run in the Dubai World Cup card on Saturday took to the track for some final preparations including some maintenance gallops and timed works. Many horses went a lap around the main dirt track, which is a distance of 2200 meters (about 1 3/8 miles).

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Curlin, the reigning U.S. Horse of the Year and the expected favorite in the World Cup, worked 800m (about 4f) in 50.16 and galloped out 1000m (about 5f) in 1:06.18 under exercise rider Carlos Rosas. Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen said the workout was "perfect. He's physically ready to do what we are going to ask him to do on Saturday."

A.P. Arrow went out for a one mile jog followed by a gallop under exercise rider Eddie King. Ginny De Pasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said the chestnut horse "always enjoys his training." She added that he will visit the starting gate on Tuesday and then just gallop up to the Dubai World Cup with no timed workouts.

Well Armed made his first main track appearance at Nad al Sheba after exercising on the training track over the weekend. He worked 800m (about 4f) in 48 seconds flat under exercise rider Iggy Puglisi. Trainer Eoin Harty said the workout went according to plan, commenting: "I just wanted him to go an easy half mile, which he did. He galloped out strong. He's very fit and he's sound, so it was just a routine maintenance work." Harty said preparations for the World Cup are complete. "It's pretty much all done and dusted," he said. "Some light galloping, a trip to the starting gate and that will be it."

Great Hunter went for a one-lap (1 3/8 mile) gallop around the main track of Nad al Sheba under exercise rider Tony Romero in preparation for the Dubai World Cup. Romero said "He's pretty happy. He's acting pretty good."

Kocab went out for some maintenance work for trainer Andre Fabre. Regular rider Stephane Pasquier will be in the irons on Saturday in the World Cup.

Gloria de Campeao was sent out for a gallop on the main track by trainer Pascal Bary. Jockey Christophe Lemaire gets the call in the World Cup.

Youmzain, third in last year's Sheema, is back for another try this year. Trainer Mick Channon sent him out for a maintenance gallop on Monday, while regular rider Richard Hughes will be aboard on Saturday in the 1 1/2 mile turf race.

Better Talk Now, one of two American hopes in the Sheema, went out on the main track under exercise rider Fenella O'Flynn. She said, "It was good, very good. We'll see during the week, but he might have a little blowout," discussing possible plans for a timed workout on the turf. Trainer Graham Motion is due to arrive in Dubai on Tuesday.

Latency was out for some maintenance work on Monday morning in preparation for the Sheema Classic. Owner Dardo Fernandez Aramburu said, "There have been some great horses from Argentina and Invasor winning the Dubai World Cup last year was a great thing for racing in my country. But he had left Argentina and was being trained in the United States, and that has been the way it has been with other Argentinian horses who have done well overseas. Latency is the first horse who will run in Argentinian silks in any race in Dubai, and I hope that with this horse we can show the world that our horses don't have to leave Argentinian hands to be great."

Quijano, the top German hope in the Sheema, went out for a gallop for trainer Peter Schiergen. Regular rider Andrasch Starke gets the call on Saturday.

Doctor Dino, a top contender for the Sheema Classic, was fractious on Monday morning during his gallop. Trainer Richard Hughes said, "There are not many horses who can claim to win three Group 1 races in three different parts of the world, and that's what we aim to do in Dubai. A win would certainly cement Doctor Dino's position as one of the best international horses in the world. He is in fantastic shape and has been training really well since his six-week break after Hong Kong."

Seachange was sent out for a gallop by trainer Ralph Manning. He said of the New Zealand-bred, "She has not had the ideal build-up to this race, but we will have to believe in her strengths on race night." Local rider Ted Durcan gets the call in the Duty Free.

Niconero, Australia's hope in the Duty Free, went out for a gallop on Monday. Craig Williams will be aboard the David Hayes trainee on Saturday.

Darjina, the Alain de Royer Dupre trained French Guineas winner, who was a close up third on her final start of her 2007 campaign in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) at Sha Tin in December, was kept to the training track this morning. Christophe Soumillon gets the call on Saturday in the Duty Free.

Notional, originally entered in the Sheema but switched to the Duty Free when Ramonti scratched, galloped around the Nad Al Sheba main track on Monday morning with exercise rider Tony Romero aboard. Romero said, "He galloped nice. I liked the way he moved today." Garrett Gomez will be aboard in the Duty Free.

Diamond Stripes went out for a gallop on Monday morning. Michelle Nevin, assistant to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., said, "We definitely feel that he's going to be strong in the Godolphin Mile. We're pretty happy so far." Dutrow will not be at Nad al Sheba on Saturday as he will be at Gulfstream Park to saddle Big Brown in the Florida Derby.

Barcola jogged once around the main track (1 3/8 miles) under exercise rider Tony Romero in preparation for the Godolphin Mile. Romero said, "He feels pretty good. He's been jogging since he got here."

Benny the Bull went out for a gallop under assistant trainer Michelle Nevin, assistant to Richard Dutrow. She said of the Golden Shaheen hopeful, "It's a long journey (from America to Dubai), but both of our horses are relaxed guys and the trip didn't seem to bother them too much at all."

Esperamos enters the Golden Shaheen off a 5-race win streak. The Wesley Ward trainee went out for a gallop on Monday morning. Jockey Garrett Gomez will be in the irons on Saturday.

Sarissa was sent out for a gallop on Monday morning by trainer Pascal Bary. Christophe Lemaire gets the call in Saturday's Golden Shaheen.

Massive Drama went out for a gallop on Monday morning under exercise rider Rudy Rodriguez in preparation for the UAE Derby. Henrietta Steele, an assistant to trainer Dale Romans, said she was very pleased with how the son of Kafwain has adapted to Dubai. "I'm happy with the way he was moving. He had his ears pricked, he seemed to have the sun on his back and love in his heart."

Iide Kenshin, winner of the Zen Nippon Nisai Yushun, represents Japan in the UAE Derby. Regular rider Shinji Fujita will be aboard on Saturday.

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