world’s attention turns to Meydan Racecourse on Saturday where the sport’s
richest event, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, will be contested. As fans have
come to expect, TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will provide live coverage.
Highlighted by the 17th
running of the Dubai World Cup, Saturday’s program includes seven additional
Thoroughbred races, with total purses valued at $27 million. To capture all the
action, TVG’s coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET, and will feature Todd
Schrupp and Simon Bray offering analysis and handicapping information from the
network’s Los Angeles studios.
“TVG is once again excited to deliver
this spectacular international racing event for our viewers,” said Tony
Allevato, TVG executive vice president. “With coverage of the leading events
from the UK, Australia, Japan and Dubai, TVG is the American home of
A pair of American-based horses, Game on Dude and Royal Delta, are scheduled to join a field of international stars
in the Dubai World Cup starting gate. The Bob Baffert-trained Game on Dude, who
was second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, is coming off a win in the San
Antonio Stakes. Royal Delta, who is conditioned by Bill Mott, won the 2011
Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly following a campaign highlighted
by victories in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic and the TVG Alabama Stakes. In
her lone 2012 start, she was second in the Sabin Stakes.
The $2 million Golden Shaheen has also
attracted two American entries, The
Factor and Giant Ryan. Also
trained by Baffert, The Factor enters the race following back-to-back wins in
the San Carlos and Malibu Stakes, while the Bisnath Parboo-trained Giant Ryan
will make his 2012 debut. Giant Ryan won last year’s Vosburgh Stakes and was
eighth in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Rounding out the American contingent are the
Steve Asmussen-trained Regally Ready
who joins the field in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, and the Graham
Motion-trained Lucky Chappy, slated
for the $2 million UAE Derby. Regally Ready captured last year’s Breeders’ Cup
Turf Sprint, while Lucky Chappy is coming off a second place finish in the El
Camino Real Derby.
Speaking of Breeders’ Cup winners, the $5
million Dubai Sheema Classic includes St
Nicholas Abbey, the Aidan O’Brien trainee who was an upset winner of last
year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. O’Brien will also saddle last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic
sixth place finisher, So You Think,
in the Dubai World Cup.
The day’s program will also include the
$5 million Dubai Duty Free, the $2 million Godolphin Mile and the $1 million
Dubai Gold Cup.
TVG account holders can wager on the
entire Dubai World Cup program by visiting www.TVG.com.