UAE Derby Preview - 03/29/13
1 3/16 Miles, Meydan, Dubai
This race is part of the richest day in horse racing. It is also thousands of miles away in Dubai. The winner will assure himself of a spot in the Kentucky Derby come May. This race features a field of 12, of which only three have ever raced in America and just two are Triple Crown nominated. The morning line favorite is Secret Number at 3/1. He ran three weeks ago at Meydan, winning at this distance over two others in this field. Shuruq has also won at this distance and is a real threat here. Dice Flavor won the El Camino Real Derby back in February after just two weeks rest, I like him to have a big run Saturday. Trainer Doug O'Neill shipped over He's Had Enough after a disappointing effort in the Fountain of Youth. I do not think he has enough to win here.
I see this race coming down to three horses, Secret Number, Shuruq and Dice Flavor. The first two are owned by Godolphin so that is a positive on the international racing front. The others lack have failed to show much of anything to this point.
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