Dubb thinking 'down the line' with World of Trouble's latest win

Dubb thinking 'down the line' with World of Trouble's latest win
Photo: Courtesy of Tampa Bay Downs

Michael Dubb considers his 3-year-old Florida-bred colt World of Trouble nothing less than a remarkable specimen. But as he prepared to face seven overmatched foes in the $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Marion County Florida Sire Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Dubb couldn’t help feeling a little queasy about his 1-5 shot.

“It’s complete butterflies, maybe more so because he was 1-5 and there is such anticipation,” Dubb said after World of Trouble put his concerns to rest with a smashing 13 ¾-length score. “And I was concerned about the (sloppy) track; I didn’t know what to make of it. I couldn’t tell if it was heavy or it was good.”

On this day, World of Trouble would have won over any kind of surface. Ridden confidently by Antonio Gallardo, he continued to stretch his lead until the other Florida-bred sophomores appeared to be in another zip code.

World of Trouble’s time for the 7 furlongs was 1:22.50, a stakes record for the second-year event. He achieved a Beyer Speed Figure of 109, the highest in Tampa Bay Downs history.

Remarkably, World of Trouble’s winning margin of 13 ¾ lengths duplicated his advantage in the Jan. 20 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, also under Gallardo. Last month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up, who is trained by Jason Servis, improved to 5-for-9 and the winner’s share of $75,000 raised his career earnings to $578,400.

Gallardo geared World of Trouble down late, but runner-up Noble Drama and the others were never in the ballgame.

“My job was very simple – hang on. Just hang on,” Gallardo said, his smile electric. “He’s so easy to ride. He goes in 44 (44.96 seconds for the half-mile) and it’s like he’s galloping around and when you ask this horse for more he gives you more, and when you ask him again, he gives you more.”

World of Trouble, who finished third in last season’s Grade II Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, won a pair of New York turf sprint stakes before the narrow Breeders’ Cup defeat against Stormy Liberal. The versatility of the Kantharos-Meets Expectations offspring is truly a wonder.

“I think this horse breathes different air, at least in this part of Florida,” said Dubb, who owns World of Trouble with major partner Michael Caruso’s Bethlehem Stables and Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables. “He is such a special horse and we’re on such a special ride with him, you just have to pinch yourself and hope he keeps going.

“He can sprint on dirt and he can sprint on turf, and the real question is do I look down the line to go from 7 furlongs to a mile or longer as he gets older and gets more relaxed? It’s a great problem to have.”

Dubb said Servis is taking a short vacation, “his first in 20 years, I think. I guess I handled everything perfectly in his absence” – including the worrying.

 

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