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Well Armed may have had the most visually impressive victory on the Dubai World Cup card, but Timeform has ranked him the second-best horse in the world – with Dubai Duty Free winner Gladiatorus number one at a rating of 132 (in case you were wondering, the only other American-based horse apart from Well Armed […]

‘Jockeys’ – UAE Style

Beyond Well Armed’s record-breaking winning margin in the main race, the other big story from Dubai World Cup day was that of young local jockey Ahmed Ajtebi who won the Dubai Duty Free with longshot Gladiatorus and followed up with Eastern Anthem’s narrow victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

While much has been made […]

The Comeback Kid

From trainer Eoin Harty:

“This horse (Well Armed) chipped a bone in the UAE Derby and then he fractured his pelvis and the vets wanted to put him down. Two years on he’s won the richest race in the world.”

A fourteen-length victory in the Dubai World Cup is a nice way to repay […]

We’re Leaving Ground

Much of the talk surrounding Saturday’s Florida Derby is over the much-hyped and little-raced Dunkirk, who needs a win to ensure he’s got the graded earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field. To that end, his connections have provided a pricey rabbit in the form of Europe – a $2.6 million dollar yearling purchase I […]

Dubai World Cup Day: Initial Thoughts

The post positions are set for Dubai World Cup day. Here’s our quick race-by-race rundown (including links to the handy interactive racecards from Emirates Racing).

Godolphin MileGayego seems to be thriving since his purchase by Godolphin and his subsequent move to the UAE; he won over the same track earlier this month. Godolphin also has […]

Fantasy Horse Racing?

I enjoyed Joe Drape’s column in the Times regarding the ongoing medication and safety issues in American racing and would love to see some of these ideas taken much further. However, I do wonder about his suggestion that should British-based Mafaaz win the Derby on hay, oats and water we’d see a collective return to […]

A Mark, A Yen, A Buck Or A Pound

While I agree with many of my fellow TBAers that this past weekend’s racing was perhaps not the wisest to choose to pick for national television glory, I wouldn’t say it was entirely pointless. True, I can barely remember who won the Lane’s End at this point and I don’t believe it has any bearing […]


The Lane’s End is this weekend, but before we move on to that, I must first continue to glory in last night’s Major League Soccer season opener, in which the brand-new Seattle Sounders spanked the boys of Red Bull – it was a beautiful thing. It does make me wish we’d scheduled our trip for […]

Catching Up

I’ve just returned from beautiful Seattle and have been getting up to speed on everything I missed, racing-wise (here’s the short version: a lot). While I racked up a lot of Road to the Roses points, upon reflection I would probably have further shaken up my top ten – here’s the current version:

1) […]

(Early) Weekend Preview

Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city will look […]