Pack your bags and head to Canterbury Saturday for a worldwide tour of simulcasting that begins at 8:00 a.m. in Dubai for the World Cup card. Eight races will be offered for your wagering pleasure including the richest race in the universe, the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
A field of thirteen entered the World Cup including the filly Royal Delta, former Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, and the ever popular Dullahan.
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The weekly Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest features the Gulfstream Park card with the Florida Derby and an added bonus race, the Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds. Weekly prizes are offered to the top five players in this free-to-enter contest.
The Florida Derby attracted 10 runners. On the rail is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby. The colt last saw action January 26 when he set the pace in the Holy Bull but was run down by Itsmyluckyday who pressed the pace and then took over. He is also entered in this key Derby prep and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Shanghai Bobby only has 24 Derby qualifying points and will need a quality effort Saturday to continue forward.
Orb won the Fountain of Youth over this strip with an impressive late charge into a very fast pace. He will again have pace at which to run and it seems that a horse with sustained kick can win this. Merit Man is a sprinter stretching out for the first time and should add to the early pace. An intriguing possibility is recent maiden winner Pick of the Litter. He won for trainer Dale Romans in his second start February 27 and has since worked three times with two bullets.
Post time for Gulfstream is 11:30 am.
The Louisiana Derby drew 14. Post positions along with riders and morning lines are as follows:
1. Hip Four Sixtynine, Jamie Theriot, 30-1
2. Palace Malice, Edgar Prado, 5-1
3. Revolutionary, Javier Castellano, 3-1
4. Golden Soul, Calvin Borel, 20-1
5. Whiskey Bravo, James Graham, 30-1
6. Sunbean, Colby Hernandez, 12-1
7. Departing, Brian Hernandez Jr., 8-1
8. Code West, Martin Garcia, 9-2
9. Proud Strike, Corey Nakatani, 10-1
10. Titletown Five, Jon Court, 8-1
11. Mylute, Shaun Bridgmohan, 12-1
12.Brazilian Court, Miguel Mena, 30-1
13. Ground Transport, Mark Guidry, 20-1
14. Nina’s Dragon, Julien Couton, 30-1
If the day goes well or you just need more play, you can end your international simulcast day with action from Australia A, B and C.