2016 Woodbine Mile Preview Tepin

Emotional Day For Casse At 2016 Woodbine Mile

The 2016 Woodbine Mile is more of a matter-of-fact than a matter of guessing. Tepin has been installed as the favorite at 4/5 with only two other horses offering reasonable challenges. It’s safe to say, however, that spending money on any other horse to win this race is a foolish exercise in financial planning.

This race represents a lot more things than it usually does. For Tepin, it’s a return to North American soil after vanquishing the Queen of Anne Stakes over at the Royal Ascot in Great Britain. The summer was spent overseas to avoid unnecessary exposure to heat as the five-year old mare prepares for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The 2016 Woodbine Mile offers a place in that race to the winner as a challenge series event.

Even with the certainty surrounding the 2016 Woodbine Mile, it’s important to mention that there’s also a $1,000,000 purse up for grabs. Tepin has already earned $3.5 million in her incredible career, which has seen her go undefeated through five faces this season. Overall she is 12-3-1 in 20 starts with her last defeat coming last year at the Ballston Spa against Dacita, who is best wager in the Canadian Stakes  which runs earlier that afternoon.

Mark Casse’s assistant trainer, Norman Casse, has been on hand in Toronto to oversee the transition back from foreign competition for Tepin. As you’d hope, everything has gone as expected. “She settled in perfect, as expected,” said the assistant trainer. “That’s one of the things that makes her so special. She can go and do these things and never miss a beat. She was really happy yesterday and seems really happy this morning.”

More importantly, this is a homecoming for head trainer Mark Casse. “A lot of people don’t know, but I stepped away from training for 7-8 years and then when I started back, I started back up there,” Casse reminisced earlier this week. “So that was really important. And you know it’s a nice place to live, it allowed us to train there from the middle of March to the middle of December,” he continued. “Woodbine and Toronto has been probably the pivotal point of getting my career going again.”

Casse is unquestioned as an elite trainer of champions. He will be able to revisit the track where he rejuvenated his career with the horse that has meant the most to him as well. As long as Tepin runs well in the 2016 Woodbine Mile – and there’s no reason to think otherwise – it will be a joyful celebration for Casse, who comes full circle in his career.

If you’re looking for a second place finisher, I’d rather go with Arod, an Irish horse who is on the rise, over Mutakayyef. But it’s best to sit back and just enjoy this one as Tepin romps yet another field of rivals.

2016 Woodbine Mile – Saturday, September 17th at Woodbine (6:39pm EST)

1 Mile — 3+ Year Olds — $1,000,000

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Tower of Texas (ON) Eurico Rosa Da Silva 119 Roger L. Attfield 15/1
2 Mutakayyef (GB) DANE O’NEILL 121 William J. Haggas 5/2
3 Arod (IRE) Oisin Murphy 119 Peter W. Chapple-Hyam 10/1
4 Glenville Gardens (KY) Gary Boulanger 121 Sid C. Attard 12/1
5 Full Mast (KY) Joel Rosario 117 William I. Mott 15/1
6 Passion for Action (ON) Luis Contreras 121 Michael P. De Paulo 20/1
7 Mr. Owen (PA) Jamie P. Spencer 117 Francois Rohaut 15/1
8 Tepin (KY) Julien R. Leparoux 121 Mark E. Casse 4/5

Bernard Baruch Handicap Preview

Bernard Baruch Handicap Precedes Hopeful on Labor Day

A field of 10 will take to the turf in the Grade II, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on closing day at Saratoga Monday. The holiday stakes turf race for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles will be followed by the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ring Weekend is the 5/2 favorite and he endured a tough trip when pinched early as the favorite in the Grade I Fourstardave, finishing sixth and last on August 20. The 5-year-old son of Tapit was second by a nose to Takeover Target in the Grade II Dixie on May 21 at Pimlico. John Velazquez will ride and carry co-high weight of 118 pounds. His trainer, Graham Motion likes his development.

Saratoga Cold Couble“He seems to be coming into form and if he can run back to his Dixie race he should be very competitive.”

War Dancer was pace and position compromised and steadied around the turn last time out before getting room to run and finished third in the Grade III Oceanport at Monmouth. The 6-year-old by War Front will break from the far outside here, but should be able to sit back and make one run on more firm turf. The 8-1 price is attractive and worth inclusion in win and exotic betting.

Jay Gatsby (9/2) was wide most the way but surged late to narrowly miss in the Lure last time out. The 4-year-old gray by Giant’s Causeway gets re-united with Javier Castellano, and with an honestly run race, he should get the proper setup.

“I think he’s a legitimate contender and has to improve, but it looks like he’s been getting there and moving forward little by little,” said trainer James Jerkens.

Takeover Target (3/1) has the top combo of leading rider and trainer Jose Ortiz and Chad Brown. He’s a Grade II winner in the Hall of Fame and was forth in the June 18 Poker Stakes. He scratched from the Fourstardave when the turf turned up firm, but he should make a late move.

Dubai Sky is speedy having won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, then was off until July 1 when he returned to the turf to win an optional claimer at Churchill Downs. He could play out as the controlling front-runner with aggressive handling; very playable with Bill Mott training him along with War Dancer.

Take the Stand (ARG) is 5-1 and another Bill Mott trained colt and contender. The Argentine-bred 5-year-old was second by a neck in the Grade III Tampa Bay Stakes followed by a win in the Grade II Muniz Memorial at the Fair Grounds in March. He was off until August when he set the pace in the Arlington Million before faltering, but breezed four furlongs well August 28 and should break out front from the rail.

Your final chance to wager and win at Saratoga is Labor Day, and the Bernard Baruch Handicap is Race 9 with post time at 5:08 pm ET.

Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Take the Stand (ARG) Edgar S. Prado 117 William I. Mott 5/1
2 Ring Weekend (KY) John R. Velazquez 118 H. Graham Motion 5/2
3 Natchez (KY) Luis Saez 112 D. Wayne Lukas 30/1
4 Dubai Sky (KY) Jose Lezcano 115 William I. Mott 15/1
5 Takeover Target (KY) Jose L. Ortiz 118 Chad C. Brown 3/1
6 Solemn Tribute (ON) Irad Ortiz, Jr. 116 Brian A. Lynch 12/1
7 Farhaan (KY) Junior Alvarado 112 Carlos F. Martin 15/1
8 Jay Gatsby (KY) Javier Castellano 116 James A. Jerkens 9/2
9 Reporting Star (FL) Florent Geroux 116 Elizabeth Voss 20/1
10 War Dancer (KY) Manuel Franco 115 William I. Mott 8/1
2016 Del Mar Derby Preview

2016 Del Mar Derby Has Giant Field

This year’s Del Mar Derby has an aburdly large field, and you’ll probably remember some of the big names from the Triple Crown and derby trail. This is the final leg of the Del Mar turf series, and the winners from the first two installments will feature in this one as well. Those are Monster Bea, who won the Oceanside Stakes, and Free Rose, the winner of the La Jolla Handicap.

To be fair, Monster Bea finsihed fourth at the La Jolla which is the most recent of the two races. Other competitors from that race are Lucky Byran (2nd), Moonlight Drive (3rd), Dressed in Hermes (6th), Edaban (7th) and Mr. Roary (8th).

Aracature and Diplodocus were the 5th and 6th horses at the Oceanside and will return for the final leg of this turf series to see if they can improve their status.

Rounding out the field at the Del Mar Derby are Ralis, an eighth placer at the Belmont Derby earlier this summer, and I’malreadythere who fell to 5th at the Sham Stakes. They are more than likely going to enter this race as the longshots.

The three unknown quantities of the Del Mar Derby are Blackjackcat, Curlin Rules and Materialistic who are all coming off of maiden special weights or allowance wins. Curlin Rules feels like the most promising of the options, mostly because of his pedigree (you guessed it!) and is probably worth a fun flier bet to win.

Finally, there are two horses who are worth serious consideration since regaining their confidence at lesser races. Trojan Nation, an outside fan favorite from the derby trail, won a maiden special weight recently and has invigored his stock.

Gold Rush Dancer is another horse to keep tabs on at the Del Mar Derby after winning the Real Good Deal. I would like this three-year old under Vann Belvoir’s guidance a lot more if he wasn’t coming off the rail out of the first post. He’s the best rated competitor in this race outside of Free Rose who will likely grade out as the preference of the oddsmakers in this race.

Any combination of Free Rose, Curlin Rules and Gold Rush Dancer presents as the logical choice and this wild race should be a fitting end to a highly entertaining turf series at Del Mar.

Del Mar Derby – Sunday, September 4th (8:30pm EST)
1 1/8 Miles — 3 Year Olds — $250,000

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Gold Rush Dancer (CA) Flavien Prat 122 Vann Belvoir
2 Blackjackcat (KY) Mike E. Smith 122 Mark Glatt
3 Mr. Roary (KY) Edwin A. Maldonado 122 George Papaprodromou
4 Moonlight Drive (ITY) Rafael Bejarano 122 Bob Baffert
5 I’malreadythere (FL) Tiago Josue Pereira 122 Jerry Hollendorfer
6 Curlin Rules (KY) Tyler Baze 122 John W. Sadler
7 Arcature (KY) Martin Garcia 122 Simon Callaghan
8 Monster Bea (KY) Gary L. Stevens 122 Peter Miller
9 Dressed in Hermes (KY) Kent J. Desormeaux 122 Janet Armstrong
10 Trojan Nation (KY) Drayden Van Dyke 122 Patrick Gallagher
11 Free Rose (KY) Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 122 Richard Baltas
12 Lucky Bryan (KY) Victor Espinoza 122 John W. Sadler
13 Ralis (CA) Mario Gutierrez 122 Doug F. O’Neill
14 Diplodocus (KY) Jamie Theriot 122 Richard Baltas
15 Ebadan (IRE) Santiago Gonzalez 122 Neil D. Drysdale
16 Materialistic (KY) Ignacio Puglisi 122 Peter Eurton

Can A Long Shot Take Down Frosted in the Woodward?

Bettors Banking on Favorite Frosted in Woodward

Frosted offers no value in Saturday’s Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, but that won’t stop bettors from lining up on the Tapit colt at 3-5 odds. Jockey Joel Rosaria has ridden Frosted since his 2015 win in the Twinspires.com Wood Memorial, and a win Saturday would be his seventh win and push his earnings over $4,000,000.

Clearly Frosted looks like he should win the Woodward, which is a softer field than his recent win in the Whitney Stakes over this track August 8. In fact, six of the last eight Woodward winners came out of the Whitney. And Frosted’s victory by better than 14 lengths in the Met Mile in June was a dominating performance. While Frosted did run second behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year’s Belmont Stakes, recall he finished fifth in the Dubai World Cup this year when California Chrome was best. The runner up in that race was Mubtaahij, who is now the 5-1 choice in the Woodward. His trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who also trains Frosted, believes Mubtaahij is ready to run a big race.

“I think he has improved since the Suburban,” McLaughlin said of Mubtaahij. “Since being here, he’s been doing really well. Irad feels like he knows him better now after riding him last time, (that he) learned a little something about him, so we’ll see how it goes. We think he’s going to run big.”

If you’re looking for a long shot, consider the trio below and consider in your exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering.

Samraat (10-1) is a classy New York-bred who ran in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 2014 but was not healthy last year. He showed in his recent run in the Suburban that he’s back when nearly going wire-to-wire at 11-1 odds before beaten by a neck by Effinex. That was a mile and a quarter, so he may hold up here.

Breaking Lucky (20-1) gets our attention at long odds having finished in the money in his last six races over the past year and is one to include in the exotics. He’s run credibly on dirt in the past, and in his last three at Woodbine he’s run well including winning the Grade III Seagram Cup last out on Polytrack.with a stalk and pounce win at 1 1/16 miles.

Shaman Ghost (12-1) breaks from the rale having finished fifth in the Suburban last out at 3-1. He won the Brooklyn Invitational in June finishing ahead of Samraat that day. He’ll get Lasix for the first time and a new rider in Javier Castellano and is in good at an overlay.

Saratoga Race Course, Saturday, September 03, 2016, Race 10

  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $600,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 5:46 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Shaman Ghost (ON) Javier Castellano 120 James A. Jerkens 12/1
2 2Breaking Lucky (ON) Luis Contreras 120 Reade Baker 20/1
3 3Frosted (KY) Joel Rosario 124 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 1/2
4 4Bradester (KY) Joe Bravo 122 Eddie Kenneally 6/1
5 5Catholic Cowboy (FL) Luis Saez 118 Nicholas P. Zito 20/1
6 6Samraat (NY) Jose L. Ortiz 118 Richard A. Violette, Jr. 10/1
7 7Tale of Verve (KY) John R. Velazquez 118 Dallas Stewart 30/1
8 8Tapin Mojo (KY) Manuel Franco 118 Naipaul Chatterpaul 50/1
9 9Mubtaahij (IRE) Irad Ortiz, Jr. 118 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 5/1




Personal Ensign Preview

Five Fabulous Fillies Entered for Personal Ensign at Saratoga

The $750,000 Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes for fillies and mares at 9 furlongs has only five entrants. But four of them are Grade I winners and the other has a Grade II on her resume. All have earnings in excess of $1 million, and you can make the case for every runner to win, which makes it a race worth watching. FOX Sports (FS2) carries the TV coverage while NBC TV has the coverage of the featured $1.25 million Travers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s Personal Ensign receives an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge Series.

All five fillies have at least four wins on the record and three of them have won at least 50 percent of their career starts.

Curalina is the 9-5 morning-line favorite after a 9 1/4-lengths win in the Grade III Shuvee in the slop on July 31 at the Spa. She also won the Grade I Troienne on a fast strip at Churchill Downs. She’s never been off the board in four starts at Saratoga and should be stalking and ready to strike down the stretch..

I’m a Chatterbox comes off back-to-back wins including a victory in the Grade I Delaware Handicap in which she defeated Paid Up Subscriber. She’ll likely break to the lead from the inside post and has finished off the board in just two of her 14 career starts. Paid up Subscriber was bumped sideways at the start of the Delaware Handicap and recovered to be runner up.

Cavorting and Forever Unbridled were 1-2 in the Grade I Ogden Phipps at Belmont in their last start. Cavorting loves this track and won the Test and Priorness Stakes at Saratoga last summer. She’s in good form but has never raced this far. Forever Unbridled had to steady when looking for running room in her last race, but still finished second. She won her two previous races including the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in April. A bullet five furlong work over the Saratoga surface last week suggests she’s progressing, and a good late kick gets her home in front as your pick at a better price.

Personal Ensign Stakes – 1 1/8 miles

Saturday, August 27. Race No. 6 at Saratoga. Post time 2:21 ET

Coaching Club American Oaks preview

Coaching Club American Oaks Preview

One of the many highlights of this weekend will be Songbird running in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The undefeated, three-year old champion will go for her ninth victory against a tiny field of just five total horses. It should be business as usual for one of the most untouchable horses in the 2016 campaign but there is at least one, legitimate threat.

Songbird has been training at Santa Anita for the past few months since dominating the Summertime Oaks in her return from a low grade fever that took her out of the Triple Tiara Races. In her absence, the spotlight was seized by three other winners. Cathryn Sophia seized the Kentucky Oaks, while Go Maggie Go upset the field at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Carina Mia won the Acorn hosted by Belmont Park, and she will also feature in the Coaching Club American Oaks in a bid to hand Songbird her first loss.

That’s an uphill climb as there is in the sport, but Carina Mia seems up to task. Her connections have long intended to point her towards the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race also targeted by those in charge of Songbird. So the Coaching Club American Oaks is a good a time as any to see whether or not its worth gunning for that particular race, or pivoting in another direction.

Weep No More is always a worthy choice in the books despite her up-and-down career. The speedster is clearly capable of immense pace after catching both Rachel’s Valentina, Cathryn Sophia and Carina Mia at the Ashland in what can only be described as a massive upset. She has since only run the Kentucky Oaks, where she fell to a disappointing 7th.

More d’Amour is also a member of the Coaching Club American Oaks field after a 4th place run at the Mother Goose. Flora Dora rounds out the field after finishing 7th at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and 2nd at a Belmont allowance. She’s probably not worth consideration at the Coaching Club American Oaks in full honesty.

Though this is a five-horse race, it truly seems like Weep No More and Carina Mia are running for second place. While she was battling her fever, Songbird was likely more than happy to let other contenders shine in her place. Now that she’s back at center stage, however, the spotlight is hers.

The 2016 Coaching Club American Oaks runs this Sunday, July 24th out of Saratoga at 6:18pm EST. It is a 1 1/8th mile contest with a sizeable $500,000 purse on the line.

The Pizza Man Set to Deliver in Wise Dan Stakes

The Pizza Man Toes the Turf in Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs Saturday

Race 7 on the Downs After Dark card Saturday at Churchill Downs is the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes. The Grade II race is for 3-year-olds and up and contested at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Formerly the Firecracker Handicap, the race was renamed this year for the 2012 and 2013 Horse of the Year.

The Pizza Man is the 6-5 favorite and will carry high weight of 123 pounds when he makes his second start of the year following a fifth place finish February 6 in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.  The most accomplished horse in the race with 16 victories including 11 stakes wins has over $1.9 million in career earnings.

“He really didn’t like the Gulfstream turf at all,” trainer Roger Brueggemann said. “That was the first time I had him on something that he didn’t like. Hopefully he’ll be okay. So far he’s been training real well, so we’ll have to see what happens.”

That training includes a 4-furlongs bullet in :48 seconds June 11 at Churchill. The Pizza Man boasts an impressive 10-8-1-0 record at the 1 1/16-mile Wise Dan distance, and he capped off a 3-race winning streak last August with a late closing kick to win by a neck in the Grade I Arlington Million. Expect a tasty effort with Florent Geroux returning to ride.

Thatcher Street and Pleuven (FR) are a pair of main challenges, and those two ran 1-2 in the Opening Verse Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 21. Thatcher Street loves the Churchill course with three wins and two seconds in five starts.

The Mark Casse-trained gray gelding Za Approval makes his second start after finishing eighth and last in the Grade II Dixie Stakes May 21 at Pimlico. A former rival of Wise Dan, Za Approval has been a consistent in the money finisher in stakes company. Casse will also saddle Grade II winner Conquest Typhoon, who was fifth in the Dixie Stakes and fifth in the Grade I Makers Mile April 15 at Keeneland. .

R Great Adventure may be able to press the pace without one-way speed, and he goes for his third-straight win this year following a pair of allowance wins. A potential long shot who could get free turning for home.

Nine-year-old Wise Dan will return to Churchill Downs on Saturday night for the stakes race named in his honor. Trainer Charlie LoPresti will parade the one of the area’s most celebrated geldings to the paddock with horses for the stakes race, and fans can admire him during the race.

The Wise Dan field from the rail out (with jockeys and morning line odds): Thatcher Street (Brian Hernandez Jr., 8-1); The Pizza Man (Geroux, 6-5); Granny’s Kitten (Gary Stevens, 12-1); Flatlined (Miguel Mena, 15-1); Conquest Typhoon (Joe Bravo, 6-1); Potomac River (Juan Vargas, 15-1); R. Great Adventure (Joe Rocco Jr., 15-1); Pleuven (FR) (Channing Hill, 8-1); Za Approval (Julien Leparoux, 12-1); Kasaqui (ARG) (Fernando De La Cruz, 12-1); and Behesht (FR) (Corey Lanerie, 20-1).

The Wise Dan goes as Race 7 at 9:05 p.m.

Jimmy Fallon with Puppy

Jimmy Fallon Predicts Derby With Puppies

Last year, Jimmy Fallon had a post full of puppies chase down dog food to pick out the eventual Kentucky Derby winner. The winning puppy shared the same number as American Pharoah, who would go on to win the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. So which puppy won the race on Fallon’s show this year?

If you guessed Mor Spirit by a nose, then you win!

Mor Spirit has been receiving almost no love in the Kentucky Derby lead up despite standing as the third favorite in the Kentucky Derby futures wager market for most of the year. The Bob Baffert trainee came second at the Kentucky Derby Jockey Club late last year before winning the Los Alamitos Futurity to cap his 2015 campaign. A lack of a recent win despite three strong outings on the derby trail have cooled off the hype around this the Baffert trainee.

His 2016 debut saw him beat Uncle Lino and I Will Score at the Robert B. Lewis, continuing the momentum he had built in the winter. Mor Spirit would then go on to stand as runner-up at the San Felipe Stakes to Danzing Candy, who blazed past the field to win. A rematch between the two was set up for the Santa Anita Derby, a race which was overrun by Exaggerator. Mor Spirit would finish second in that race as well.

So it’s nice to see Mor Spirit get some love, even it is from Jimmy Fallon and some puppies. The same set-up on the NBC show saw American Pharoah predicted as the winner. Maybe Jimm Fallon is on to something? Maybe that was just the hungriest puppy?

Mor Spirit will run out of the 17th post in a field of 20 with 12/1 odds. The 2016 Kentucky Derby will run on Saturday, May 7th at 6:34pm EST.

Nyquist remains the favorite at 3/1 with Exaggerator behind him at 8/1. Creator, Gun Runner and Mohaymen are the three co-third favorites at 10/1. Mor Spirit shares the same odds as Brody’s Cause, both standing as co-fourth favorites.

spiral stakes turfway park

This Weekend’s Spiral Stakes Preview

Kentucky’s Turfway Park will once again host the Spiral Stakes this weekend. It is the last challenge amongst the Kentucky Derby Prep races that offers a 50-20-10-5 point split. Run over nine furlongs on a dirt track, the Horseshoe Casino sponsored event ponies up a purse of $550,000.

An absolutely dense field will be headlined by Airoforce, one of the more well known competitors on the derby trail. Trained by Mark Casse and owned by John Oxley, Airoforce is still searching for his first win during the 2016 campaign since falling way short at his season debut. The derby longshot was 10th at the Risen Star Stakes in February.

It’s a curious result for Airoforce who ended 2015 with a strong run. He placed second at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf behind Hit It A Bomb, and rallied past Mor Spirit at the Kentucky Jockey Club a month later. By sheer name value alone, Airoforce will likely be the lead horse in the morning line odds but it’s a daring bet given his track record so far. Airoforce simply has too much left to prove and is probably left better as a choice to place or show.

The other heavy consideration at the Spiral Stakes will be Surgical Strike, who is coming off a win at the John Battaglia Memorial just a few short weeks ago. The Ben Colebrook trainee looked strong in beating second place runner Whatawonderfulworld who will also compete at the Spiral Stakes. Swagger Jagger (9th) and Strike up the Band (4th) are also nominated for this weekend’s Turfway Park race.

The relatively unknown Jensen, who is 2-2-0 in four allowances so far, will make his majors debut under Larry Jones at the Spiral Stakes and is as tempting as anyone in the field. If you’re going to take a wild flier on any horse in this race, it’s going to be Jensen.

The 1 1/8th mile Spiral Stakes has not produced a bounty of Triple Crown hopefuls, but it also happened to be the chosen prep race of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. It was also won in 2007 by Hard Spun, who placed at that year’s Kentucky Derby while sliding in to third at the Preakness Stakes. One of the reasons that it does not feature so many well-known winners is the distance, which tailors more so to sprinters than it does to milers.

The 12-field race is going to offer an exciting race,but Airoforce, Jensen and Surgical Strike remain the lead choices to build your bets around.

dubai world cup 2016

Dubai World Cup Field Led By ‘Chrome’

California Chrome will lead all horses in the field at the Dubai World Cup. The 2014 Preakness Stakes winner is holding 7/4 odds to win the race. He is the clear choice of the oddsmakers, thanks in large part to glowing reviews from his trainer Art Sherman, who finally joined his prized trainee in Dubai this week.

For the past couple months, California Chrome has been in Dubai acclimating himself to both the track and the climate under the guidance of Art’s son, Alan Sherman. Slight changes in his training and a much needed length of rest over the winter have yielded positive results for his handlers. Chrome has put on around 160 pounds and has been pushing well through his work at Meydan Racecourse.

“We came over early and gave him time to acclimate,” said Neal McLaughlin, an assistant to the Shermans. “The prep couldn’t have gone any better. With seven weeks since his last start, he’s fresh, happy and ready to run. We are full of confidence.”

Finishing second at last year’s Dubai World Cup, California Chrome will run out of the 11th post in a field of 12. His connections are not worried at all.

Frosted stands as his main threat with 2/1 odds as the second favorite. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee is best known for his 2nd place finish at the 2015 Belmont Stakes behind American Pharoah. He also finished 4th at the Kentucky Derby. Frosted skipped the Preakness Stakes. Recently, Frosted clipped the Al Mouktoum Challenge at Meydan and set a course record in the process. There are few strong cases for a place or show bet in the Dubai World Cup, but Frosted remains the best bet right behind California Chrome.

Keen Ice will be searching for a strong display, but poor training and a terrible run at the Al Mouktoum Challenge Round 3, where he finished 7th, have dropped his odds to 16/1 as a longshot. Jockey Ryan Moore has requested to add blinkers to Keen Ice’s equipment, but it’s hard to imagine that being enough to close the gap in this race.

Mshawish represents an intriguing choice in the Dubai World Cup over Keen Ice as a show bet at 10/1. He has collected wins at Hal’s Hope and the Dom Handicap earlier this year.

2016 Dubai World Cup Odds – Saturday, March 26th at 1pm EST (9pm local)
California Chrome – 7/4
Frosted – 2/1
Mshawish – 10/1

Mubtaahj – 14/1
Hoppertunity – 14/1
Keen Ice – 16/1
Special Fighter – 16/1
Hokko Turumae – 25/1
Vadamos – 25/1
Gun Pit – 33/1
Teletext – 50/1
Candy Boy – 50/1