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