Despite not having raced since last Aug. 25, Mike Mitchell expects
Dhaamer to run his race in Saturday’s Grade III Tokyo City Cup at a mile
and a half on dirt.
“He wasn’t out for any leg problem,” Mitchell said of the
6-year-old Irish-bred gelding owned by Edward Brown Jr. and Jay
Manoogian, both of Irvine. “We wanted to let him down and were able to
do that at Bobby Mitchell’s farm (in Hemet). We kept him moving there
and he was outside. It’s a good way of freshening a horse.
“He didn’t lose a lot of conditioning out there, so it was very
easy to get him ready to train for this race. I’ve got no excuses as far
as him needing a race. He’s worked very well, he’s galloped out very
strong, so he’s ready.”
In a marathon void of apparent speed, Dhaamer, if not on the
lead, shouldn’t be far off, although the son of Dubai Destination has
never been in front until he’s hit the homestretch in five U.S. starts.
He was second by a neck in last year’s Tokyo City Cup in his first U.S.
Prior to coming here, he was trained by international horseman
John Gosden. In 15 career starts, Dhaamer has a 5-3-1 record with
earnings of $214,722.
In other Tokyo City Cup news:
Dreamcatcher makes his stakes and conventional dirt debut, but
Joe Talamo is optimistic about the son of Tapit’s chances. “They will be
some firsts for him, but it looks like there should be a good pace,”
the jockey said. “He won at a mile and a quarter, so I think he’s going
to love a mile and a half. If he handles the dirt, he should be good.”
The Tokyo City Cup field: Dreamcatcher, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Sky
Kingdom, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Batti Man, Victor Espinoza, 15-1;
Oilisblackgold, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Richard’s Kid, Tyler Baze, 9-2;
Calidoscopio, Aaron Gryder, 7-2; Jaycito, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; and
Dhaamer, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2.
Santa Anita salutes Ohi Racecourse in Tokyo with the Tokyo City Cup.
There will be traditional Japanese drum ceremonies, great exhibitions,
family fun activities and amazing Japanese cuisine.