Which American-Trained Horses Have A Leading Chance At The Dubai World Cup?
The American Triple Crown events don’t get underway for another couple of months yet, but there is still top-quality racing action taking place around the world.
One of the most interesting races that will be taking place soon is the Dubai World Cup, which will be taking place at the end of March this year, and there will be a number of talented American horses making the trip to the United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai World Cup will be the final race of the meeting, and is the world’s richest horse race, with $12 million in the prize purse for the 2019 instalment.
There was a disappointment after the race last year was cancelled due to COVID, but some of the most exciting horses in training in the States will be making the journey to contest the Dubai World Cup this year.
Bob Baffert has often been the trainer for the big occasion, and his leading horse in the Dubai World Cup this year will be Charlatan. Baffert has only trained two winners in this race, with the most recent winner being Arrogate in 2017.
However, Charlatan has an excellent opportunity to record a third success for the legendary trainer.
The four-year-old has been dominant on the track throughout his career to this point, as he has won two from three starts. The only blip on his record came at Oaklawn Park in May last year, as he was disqualified.
His most recent win came at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, as he won by four and a half lengths from Express Train. Charlatan will be one of the horses to keep a closer eye on this year.
Another American-trained horse that will be making the trip across the world will be Kenneth McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver. The four-year has picked up some huge wins throughout his career to this point, but finding consistency has proven to be his biggest issue.
He has constantly been in the mix in the final results, but gamblers will be wary that he has fallen short on numerous occasions already.
He finished second in two of his five most recent starts, as he finished behind Shedaresthedevil at Churchill Downs and Art Collector at Keeneland. However, the Peter Callahan-owned horse was excellent at Plimico towards the end of 2020, as he held off Kentucky Derby winner Authentic to win by a neck.
On that form, he is a contender, but it will be interesting to see the condition that he returns to the track in, as he finished seventh last time out at Keeneland in November.
The only other American-trained horse that may be worth a second look in the ante-post betting is Tacitus. William Mott trains this five-year-old, but one factor that gamblers will be wary of is the fact that he hasn’t won on his last three starts.
The closest that he came to a win in those outings came at Saratoga in September last year, as he finished a length and three quarters behind Global Campaign in the Woodward Handicap.
He was last in action at the Breeders’ Cup, as he finished five and a half lengths behind Authentic at Keeneland. Tacitus’ last win on the track came in July last year, as he won the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes at Belmont Park.
This step-up in quality maybe just a little too much for the five-year-old, which means that we can’t see Mott’s horse ending the three-year wait for an American-trained winner of the Dubai World Cup.
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