The $30 million Dubai World Cup Race Day is the biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar. The richest raceday on earth attracts the most high profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys to Dubai’s exquisite Meydan Racecourse.

There are eight races carded for the Dubai World Cup on Saturday with $29 million in purse money at stake. In years past, it has been won by horses like Cigar, Silver Charm and California Chrome.

A strong contingent of American horses will be in the starting gate, led by the California-based Arrogate, who was named Longines World’s Best Racehorse in 2016. Arrogate, the son of Unbridled’s Song, has won six of his seven starts including the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and has more than $11 million in career earnings.

Arrogate’s stablemate, Hoppertunity, will try to do better than the third place finish in last year’s World Cup. And Gun Runner, who finished third in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, will try to keep a two-race win streak alive.

Dubai-based contenders include Special Fighter, the winner of five races in 19 starts. His trainer is Maria Ritchie, who will become only the second woman to saddle a runner in the race. Special Fighter finished fourth in last year’s World Cup.

Globe-trotters include Lani of Japan, who, after winning last year’s UAE Derby, competed in all three legs of the American Triple Crown, finishing third at the Belmont Stakes.

Then, there’s Mubtaahij, the horse that finished second last year to California Chrome and has shuttled between Dubai and the United States, finishing second last September in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.

In the day’s major turf race, the Dubai Sheema Classic, Postponed will headline the British challengers as he bids to repeat his success when he won this race last year. Postponed, the winner of the Juddmonte International Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Stakes, has career earnings of more than $6.6 million.

Source- The New York Times

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