Though the last 12 months have been sensational for Gio Ponti
—good enough to earn him dual Eclipse Awards in 2009—the son of Tale of the Cat
has also experienced some tough defeats, including a narrow loss to Zenyatta
in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) last November.
On March 27, Gio Ponti can more than
make up for his three consecutive runner-up finishes with a victory in
the world’s richest horse race—the $10 million Emirates Airline Dubai
World Cup (UAE-I). The 5-year-old colt is included in a wide-open
international field of 14 that was drawn March 24 and will go to post
at Sheikh Mohhamed’s new $2 billion Meydan Racecourse.
Post time is scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
EDT and will be shown live of HRTV, which will also carry the full
eight-race World Cup program worth $26.25 million...