Thank you, TV. When you mentioned good '80's comment, the Dubai track did begin operating in 1986 as Nad Al Sheba Race Course, and ceased operations in 2007. After construction, Meydan Race Course opened in 2010. Of course, I had to rely on Wikipedia, which means that it's possibly a fallacy. But, thank you, TV.
I believe the UAE Derby horse I went with, might've been Powis Castle? I have since jumped off the UAE bandwagon. I guess my doubts begin with the Sheikh, or Sheikhs. They built their own track; they put down synthetic, then took it up; they provide the purse money, and then they win, so, they pay themselves. Then they're awarded Graded status, and awarded an automatic berth in the Derby. How come they don't bring their horses over to this country prior to the Derby, to try and acclimate, for a possible chance of maturing into the Derby? I heard they once tried to bring bluegrass to the desert, and plant it, to try and replicate the breeding accommodations in Kentucky. Yet, they couldn't keep it growing, due to the intense heat. There will probably be a time, when they eventually win the Derby. And, I'll most likely be the one, to say, "Everybody said that he was the obvious choice. I just couldn't read between the lines". Good luck.
His lone winner was Super Saver. Car Nafzger was the trainer of Street Sense. In both cases, Calvin Borel was the jockey.
International Star is making valid claim, as is Dubai Sky. Has won four races in a row; three on turf, and the last on synthetic. Though unproven on dirt, Animal Kingdom was in the same boat going to Louisville. Both are lacking recognition, and are in the midst of their winning ways. Keep the ball rolling. They're back in the saddle again. I used to be uncertain, but, I'm not so sure now.
I had bet on UAE Derby horses in the past, with nothing to show for it. Visibly, this one looked good, but, who did he run against that would make him look so good? I have seen at chef-de-race.com that the UAE Derby is 9.44 furlongs. If that would be the case, his projected time would be 2:05.37. Which would put him behind Secretariat about the same margin as Secretariat's Belmont margin. Will he be shipping for the first time? Guess we'll see once he works under the spires.
Int'l Star closed in :36.87 for the final 3 furlongs; Stanford showed a lot of determination to stay, and came home in :37.44. The Florida Derby was run on a much slower track. Materiality closed in :39.79; Upstart finished up in :39.94.
What grit!!!!! Didn't need to be all out, but, this colt runs with a lot of heart. He's run in seven straight Graded races. Now, if he can show that he's not a one-track pony. One thing for sure, Fair Grounds has been very good to this one, and shows that he likes this game. On to Churchill!!!
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing those wonderful insights of a special relationship.
After the awesome performance by Firing Line in the Sunland Derby, it should be interesting to note, that Dubai Sky recording the highest Brisnet Speed Rating of 103. Firing Line was close behind with a 101. Beginning to think that Dubai Sky will be totally ignored by all the great prognosticators. Kinda like Animal Kingdom was
When Animal Kingdom won the Derby, he became a rare breed who flourished well on grass, synthetic, and dirt. Dubai Sky has completed two-third's of that incredible feat, now is riding a four-win race streak. Despite his win streak, he was dismissed by the Turfway punters at 7-1. Doesn't seem to get any respect. And for the trainer, William Mott, this would be the shining moment in his Hall-Of-Fame career.
Nice list, Brian. Masterful method of lining up the contenders/pretenders.
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