Six American-based Thoroughbreds, five of whom are on-the-board luke warm favorites, will challenge Asiatic Boy, the United Arab Emirates’ Triple Crown champion of 2007 who won the UAE Derby that year to complete his triple. The Argentine-bred returned in 2008 to run second to Curlin in the Dubai World Cup race.

Asiatic Boy Makes Another Try at World’s Richest Race

Current betting odds from the United Kingdom have Asiatic Boy, trained by South African Mike de Kock, a 3-1 favorite to take the Cup in his second time around. Betting in the UAE is illegal. United States odds will not be the same as those recorded by Ladbrokes in the UK.

Held annually at Nad al Sheba race course, the Dubai carnival is the richest Thoroughbred race meeting in the world. The World Cup alone is a $6 million purse. Last year, breaking from Post 12, the fabulous Curlin won the race by a record margin of 7-1/4 lengths, and was just 0.65 of a second behind the race’s speed record of 1:59.50 set by Dubai Millennium in 2000. Well Armed, who will try again on Saturday, placed third closing on Asiatic Boy.

March 28 Dubai World Cup Lineup

PP — Odds —– Horse (country) —– Trainer —– Jockey

  • 1 — 40-1 —– Muhannak (IRE) —– R. Beckett —– Jockey, R. Moore
  • 2 — 33-1 —– Arson Squad (USA) —– R. Dutrow, Jr. —– E. Prado
  • 3 — 10-1 —– Snaafy (USA) —– M. Al Muhairi —– R. Hills
  • 4 —– 3-1 —– Asiatic Boy (ARG) —– M. de Kock —– J. Murtagh
  • 5 — 33-1 —– Happy Boy (BRZ) —– M. bin Shafya —– A. Ajtebi
  • 6 — 25-1 —– Gloria De Campeao (BRZ) —– P. Bary —– J. Leme
  • 7 — 10-1 —– Well Armed (USA) —– E. Harty —– A. Gryder
  • 8 —– 4-1 —– Casino Drive (USA) —– K. Fujisawa —– K. Ando
  • 9 — 66-1 —– Joe Louis (ARG) —– J. Barton —– W. Ramos
  • 10 —- 5-2 —– Albertus Maximus (USA) —– K. McLaughlin —– A. Garcia
  • 11 — 33-1 —– Muller (ARG) —– N. Bruss —– W. Marwing
  • 12 — 40-1 —– Anak Nakal (USA) —– N. Zito —– J. Bravo
  • 13 — 66-1 —– Paris Perfect (SAF) —– N. Bruss —– B. Faydherbe
  • 14 — 10-1 —– My Indy (ARG) —– S. bin Suroor —– L. Dettori

Full Dubai Meeting Card

  • 9:40 a.m. ET — Godolphin Mile — $1 Million
  • 10:15 a.m. ET — UAE Derby — $2 Million
  • 10:55 a.m. ET — Dubai Golden Shaheen — $2 Million
  • 11:55 a.m. ET — Dubai Duty Free on turf — $5 Million
  • 12:40 p.m. ET — Dubai Sheema Classic on turf — $5 Million
  • 1:30 p.m. ET — Dubai World Cup — $6 Million

More American Based Entrants At Dubai March 28

The Godolphin Mile attracted eight USA entrants, including a Triple Crown race hopeful from 2008, Gayego. The others are Cat Junior, Summer Doldrums, Two Step Salsa, Tiz Now Tiz Then, Brave Tin Soldier, Informed, and Dijeerr.

Stars Indian Blessing and Kip Deville are in the lineup for the Dubai Golden Shaheen and the Dubai Duty Free, respectively.

Kentucky Derby hopeful Desert Party, will go in the UAE Derby.