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2020 Saudi Cup Workouts


The grandstand at King Abdulaziz Racetrack Tuesday morning
Date: 02/25/2020

On Tuesday morning in Riyadh, entrants for the inaugural running of the $20 million Saudi Cup and its rich undercard were at King Abdulaziz Racetrack on the main track. Conditions were typical for late February, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's during training hours. As expected the main track was fast and the turf course was good-to-firm (GoingStick 9.0). The races will be run Saturday evening (Saturday morning in North America), with the Saudi Cup going to post at 8:40pm local time (12:40pm ET). In North America the full card will be broadcast live on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. In addition, FOX Sports 1's show will start at noon. The Saudi Cup will be contested at 1800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) around one turn of the main track.

Here are photos and comments for 25 horses that were out Tuesday morning. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.


Chrysoberyl (Saudi Cup) galloped on the main track at 7:15am. The Hidetaka Otonashi trainee represents Japan.

Gold Dream (Saudi Cup) went out to the main track at 7:20am. The Osamu Hirata trainee represents Japan.

Maximum Security (Saudi Cup) had his scheduled gallop twice around the main track at 7:20am. Garrett Servis, assistant to father Jason said, He traveled well. I was in touch with the grooms on the flight so I had regular updates. He drank half his water and ate half his feed. We will be out for a hand walk after he gets settled.

McKinzie (Saudi Cup) came out at 7:10am for his scheduled gallop over the main track for trainer Bob Baffert.

Mucho Gusto (Saudi Cup) was in the final group that went out at 9:00am for trainer Bob Baffert.

Tacitus (Saudi Cup) worked 3 furlongs on the main track at 7:15am under exercise rider Laura Gardner. Riley Mott, assistant to father Bill said, If you looked at [Tacitus] in October, as opposed to what he looks like now, hes really matured physically. He was a big, scopey thing, maybe slightly slender. Now, hes completely filled out. It was a really big deal for my dad and the connections of Cigar to sort of step into the unknown of Dubai. No one knew anything about it and they just went for it. Its kind of cool that Im part of the first Saudi Cup. This place is kind of an unknown.

King's Advice (Longines Turf Handicap) jogged on the main track. The Mark Johnston trainee represents Great Britain. The Longines Turf is the 3rd race on Saturday night at 5:10pm local (9:10am ET) over 3000 meters (about 1 7/8 miles) on the turf course located inside the dirt track.

Prince of Arran (Longines Turf Handicap) galloped twice around on Tuesday. The Charlie Fellowes trainee represents Great Britain.

True Self (Longines Turf Handicap) went out onto the main track. The Willie Mullins trainee represents Ireland.

Deirdre (Neom Turf Cup) galloped twice around the main track. The Mitsuro Hashida trainee represents Japan. The Turf Cup kicks off Saturday's card going to post at 4:00pm local (8:00am ET), going 2100 meters (about 1 5/16 miles) on the turf.

Royal Youmzain (Neom Turf Cup) cantered on the turf course at 7:15am. The Andreas Wohler trainee represents Germany.

Trais Fluors (Neom Turf Cup) cantered on the main track. The Ken Condon trainee represents Ireland.

Billy Batts (Saudi Derby) came out at 7:20am for his scheduled 3f breeze under exercise rider Kenny Black. He was privately sold by original owner Rockingham Ranch to Saudi owner Sharaf Mohammed al Zahrani, but Peter Miller will remain his trainer. The Saudi Derby is Race 6 on Saturday over 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the main track, and goes to post at 7:10pm local (11:10am ET).

Cherokee Trail (Saudi Derby) cantered on the main track at 7:15am. The John Gosden trainee represents Great Britain.

Full Flat (Saudi Derby) galloped on the main track at 7:15am. The Hideyuki Mori trainee represents Japan.

Mishrif (Saudi Derby) came out at 7:15am for his scheduled canter. The John Gosden trainee represents Great Britain.

Ghoul (The 1351 Cup) breezed on the turf at 7:00am under exercise rider Kenny Black. The Peter Miller trained Brazilian-bred represents the United States. The race is named after its distance, 1351 meters on the turf (about 6 3/4 furlongs), and is the 2nd race on Saturday, going off at 4:35pm local (8:35am ET).

Graignes (The 1351 Cup) cantered on the main track at 7:00am. The George Baker trainee represents Great Britain.

Momkin (The 1351 Cup) came out at 7:15am for his scheduled gallop. The William Haggas trainee represents Great Britain.

Royal Intervention (The 1351 Cup) cantered on the main track at 7:15am. The Ed Walker trainee represents Great Britain.

Sir Dancealot (The 1351 Cup) was scheduled to jog on the training track at 6:00am but came out on the main track instead. The David Elsworth trainee represents Great Britain.

Gladiator King (Saudia Sprint) galloped on the main track. The Satish Seemar trainee represents the United Arab Emirates. The Sprint is carded as race 7, immediately before the main event, at 7:50pm local (11:50am ET) over 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) on dirt.

Manguzi (Saudia Sprint) galloped on the main track. The Abdul Aziz Khalid trainee represents the United Arab Emirates.

Shabah (Obaiya Arabian Classic) jogged on the main track. The Ahmed Abdullah Almarzooqi trainee represents Oman. The race for Purebred Arabians is carded as race 4 at 5:45pm (9:45am ET) and is a 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip on the dirt.

Zaqur (Obaiya Arabian Classic) galloped once around. The Faisal Al Seanidi trainee represents Oman.

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