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Saudi Cup Profile: North America - Posted on: February 27, 2020

Saudi Cup Post Positions, Contenders and Odds By Richard Rosenblatt After starting his racing career with six consecutive losses at six different racetracks in Great Britain, North America finally found the winner’s circle on dirt at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Seven wins in 13 starts later over the same track, the 8-year-old gelding has his connections hoping for a huge score on dirt at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup. Trained by Dubai-based Satish Seemar, North America was part of a thrilling three-horse photo finish in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2)

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Unpredictable Dennis’ Moment Tops Fountain of Youth Field - Posted on: February 27, 2020

By Mike Farrell We have been blessed with an abundance of Triple Crown hopefuls thus far. Two weeks ago, the Risen Star (G2) at the Fair Grounds attracted 23 and was split into divisions. The pattern continues Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a surprisingly large field of 12 set to contest the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2). What accounts for the uptick in entries? For starters, it is still very early in the process. The road to the Kentucky Derby is a minefield of injuries, illnesses and poor performances that knock contenders off the trail. Perhaps we are seeing a

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Saudi Cup Profile: Tacitus - Posted on: February 27, 2020

Saudi Cup Odds, Contenders, and Post Positions By Jenny Kellner Juddmonte’s homebred son of Tapit will be making his 4-year-old debut in the Saudi Cup, albeit with a new jockey in Jose Lezcano, with regular rider Jose Ortiz having fractured his right wrist in a post parade mishap on Feb. 22. Unraced since placing third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in his first foray against older horses last fall at Belmont Park, Tacitus returned to training at Payson Park in Florida on New Year’s Eve with the first of a trio of easy half-mile outings. He then progressed

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Just Sayin! Understanding Racetrack Slang - Posted on: February 27, 2020

By Ray Wallin Slang. Jargon. Vernacular. Lingo. These are all terms for a casual dialect spoken locally somewhere. To the outsider it makes no sense, but to the insider it is crystal clear. For example, here in New Jersey we don’t go to the beach, we go “down the shore.” We go to “the city”, which is either New York City or Philadelphia depending on whether you identify with North or South Jersey. The track also has its own unique slang terms. I remember standing by the paddock at Monmouth Park one sunny, August afternoon with Newbie Nick. As I

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Saudi Cup Profile: Mjjack - Posted on: February 27, 2020

Saudi Cup Odds, Contenders, and Post Positions By Margaret Ransom Bred in Ireland, purchased for about $350,000 nearly 18 months ago, the “home team” has a chance to win its own $20 million Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Race Course with the longest shot in a field of global stars. Mjjack, now owned by Prince Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdulaziz, is moving way, way up in class when taking on champions Maximum Security and Midnight Bisou, as well as trainer Bob Baffert’s McKinzie and Mucho Gusto. In his previous race, Mjjack won a local stakes called the Custodian of the

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Saudi Cup Profile: Gronkowski - Posted on: February 26, 2020

By Lynne Snierson Named for retired New England Patriots four-time All Pro tight end and three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, who is a minority owner, Gronkowski the horse has been based in Dubai with trainer Salem bin Ghadayer since leaving Chad Brown’s stable at the end of his 2018 campaign. Leading Saudi Arabian owner Khalid bin Mishref bought into the horse, it was confirmed Oct. 20, with the inaugural $20 million Saudi Cup in mind. The Saudi Arabian is a familiar player at the international sales and has won races in the United Kingdom, the United States and his

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Saudi Cup Profile: McKinzie - Posted on: February 26, 2020

By Margaret Ransom With so many of trainer Bob Baffert’s stars headed to the breeding shed earlier than fans would probably like, it’s nice to see McKinzie stick around for a 5-year-old campaign. Almost as soon as the $20 million purse for the Saudi Cup was announced, Baffert was indicating this son of Street Sense would make the trip to Riyadh in the Middle East for the inaugural running. McKinzie will be making his first start since a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) nearly four months ago. After a brief winter freshening, he’s been training exceptionally well

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Saudi Cup Draw: Champions Maximum Security, Midnight Bisou Top 14-Horse Field for World’s Richest Race - Posted on: February 26, 2020

By Richard Rosenblatt Champions Maximum Security and Midnight Bisou headline a star-studded field of 14 horses entered for the $20 million Saudi Cup on Saturday at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Maximum Security, the Eclipse Award winner as top 3-year-old male, drew the No. 7 post at Wednesday’s draw, while older female champion Midnight Bisou drew just inside at No. 6. Two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert will send out a pair in Pegasus World Cup (G1) winner Mucho Gusto and McKinzie, winner of the Whitney Stakes (G1) and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Maximum

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Saudi Cup Betting Odds Capezzano: Horse Profile - Posted on: February 25, 2020

Saudi Cup Betting Odds Capezzano: This horse, who was bred by Darley in Kentucky, is right at home in the Middle East. Fourteen of his 16 career efforts and all six of his wins have been on the all-weather surface at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates and the other two starts were in England. The Group 1-winning son of Bernardini, who in America won multiple Grade 1 races, including the 2006 Preakness, is so at home in the UAE that he was dispatched as the favorite in the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) last year. His 12th and

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Saudi Cup Profile: Capezzano - Posted on: February 25, 2020

By Lynne Snierson Capezzano, who was bred by Darley in Kentucky, is right at home in the Middle East. Fourteen of his 16 career efforts and all six of his wins have been on the all-weather surface at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates and the other two starts were in England. The Group 1-winning son of Bernardini, who in America won multiple Grade 1 races, including the 2006 Preakness, is so at home in the UAE that he was dispatched as the favorite in the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) last year. His 12th and last place finish

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