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The Haiku Handicapper: 2011 Dubai World Cup Card

Master of Hounds (#5) and Mantoba (#3) will each vie for their first graded stakes victories in the U.A.E. Derby at Meydan Racecourse.

The Haiku Handicapper is mixing it up for this year’s Dubai World Cup.

With solid fields in each of the eight races on the evening’s card, this year’s analysis of Meydan’s signature event will focus on the winners of each race, instead of the individual horses in select contests.

The betting options are robust for this year’s Dubai World Cup, and with so many horses coming from places not normally seen by American bettors, the intrigue level is sky high. If online wagering were legal in Michigan, I would be playing this card with both fists. Instead, I will be making my picks for pride alone, which still isn’t bad if they all come in.

Let’s have a look at the selections…

Race #1 – Dubai Kahayla Classic (Arabians)
Spotlight on Purebreds
No Risk Al Maury looks best
Watch for Dariya

Race #2 – Al Quoz Sprint
J J The Jet Plane
Continues globetrotting run
With a short-priced win

Race #3 – Godolphin Mile
A one-turn mile
Ripe with U.S. invaders
Zafeen Speed upsets

Race #4 – U.A.E. Derby
Field of wild cards
Looks like a g’day for Reem
Who outruns the Hounds

Race #5 – Dubai Golden Shaheen
A Shaheen rematch
Kinsale King and Rocket Man
Title changes hands

Race #6 – Dubai Duty Free
Plenty of options
Mendip’s nice if he likes turf
But Presvis takes it

Race #7 – Dubai Sheema Classic
The marquee turf race
Well-traveled and travels well
Redwood’s roots run deep

Race #8 – Dubai World Cup
A land seeks heroes
Buena Vista tops Transcend
The Rising Sun shines

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The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Dubai recap

Dubai World Cup

By a slim margin
Gloria gets redemption
For last year’s defeat

U.A.E. Derby

Musir bullies sophs
Big Blue horses run third, fifth
Derby hopes in doubt

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The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Dubai Daily Double

Dubai World Cup

The world’s richest race
U.S. platoon is so-so
A wide open field

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#1 – Allybar
Your host’s top entry
Renewed focus in Dubai
Local hero rides

#2 – Gitano Hernando
Loves it on fake dirt
Goodwood shows he’s capable
Of stealing spotlights

#3 – Red Desire
Rising Sun filly
Never turns in a clunker
Hard not to like her

#4 – Gio Ponti
The Yanks’ first-stringer
Didn’t handle the trip well
Could be a red flag

#5 – Gloria De Campeao
Last year’s runner up
Returned well from summer tour
Could get redemption

#6 – Vision D’etat
A great road tripper
Folds in the Arc De Triomphe
Leaning toward latter

#7 – Lizard’s Desire
South Africa’s shot
Middle of pack in class test
Would need to step up

#8 – Furthest Land
Won the Dirt Mile
Hasn’t done much after that
Seems too ambitious

#9 – Crowded House
British invader
Came back well from light ’09
Coming into form?

#10 – Richard’s Kid
All-or-none closer
Career rebirth on West Coast
This ain’t the West Coast

#11 – Twice Over
Third in the Classic
Comeback race from strong autumn
Lots to like in him

#12 – Mastery
The Sheikh’s distance horse
Lacks pop on synthetic tracks
Is this race too short?

#13 – Mr. Brock
Off a busy month
Excelled in minor stakes tries
Tough spot to break through

#14 – Amor De Pobre
From Chile with love
Well back in Saudi Grade One
Hard to justify

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Who gets crazy paid?
Gitano Hernando wins
Eleven, five, three

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But wait, there’s more! A breakdown of the field for the Eastern Hemisphere’s major Kentucky Derby prep race, the U.A.E. Derby, can be found behind the jump.

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The Haiku Handicapper: Dubai Recap

Dubai World Cup

Well Armed shuts it down
Didn’t see “Jockeys” film crew
Someone just got canned

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U.A.E. Derby

Ransom gets revenge
Desert Party had his pooped
A Derby duo?

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While you are here, be sure to check out the new Twitter widget I added to the right side of the page called “The Claim Box.” My tweets might not always be about horse racing, but they’ll always be entertaining.

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The Haiku Handicapper: Dubai Daily Double

I’m in a giving mood today and don’t feel like tackling the list of things I should be doing right now, so I have decided to double my output on the haiku end of things. It makes perfect sense.

With this Saturday being Dubai World Cup day, it seemed fitting to tackle more than one of the multi-million dollar races. Aside from the obvious choice of the $ 6 million Dubai World Cup itself, I decided to look at the big Derby prep on the Dubai path to Louisville, the $2 million U.A.E. Derby – featuring the last man standing in Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s once formidable three-year-old stable, Desert Party. In order to save room on the front page, I have placed the U.A.E. Derby segment behind the jump, so be sure not to miss it.

Also, consider this your two minute warning to vote in the “Where would you like to see the next season of ‘Jockeys’ held” poll. Barring some outstanding event, I will discuss the results and perhaps offer a new question next time we convene.

Enough housekeeping, let’s get to the races…

Dubai World Cup

No Curlin this year
American hopes look slim
Can’t win every time

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#1 – Muhannak (Ire)
Marathon winner
On a cold streak since Cup win
Might not like surface

#2 – Arson Squad
Hits wall in Grade 1s
Closer’s form going wrong way
Would be a surprise

#3 – Snaffy
Steady improvement
Has come alive in Dubai
Best as a sprinter

#4 – Asiatic Boy (Arg)
A Dubai mainstay
Loves the track, no layoff rust
It’s his race to lose

#5 – Happy Boy (Brz)
Runs well, but bridesmaid
Can’t get past Dubai’s elite
Worth glance for super

#6 – Gloria de Campeao (Brz)
Well back last World Cup
Had to drop class to compete
Behind the field’s best

#7 – Well Armed
Third in last year’s race
Could be working into form
Uncle Sam’s best shot?

#8 – Casino Drive
Belmont streak breaker
Disappears in global tests
Shouldn’t be a threat

#9 – Joe Louis (Arg)
Falls flat in Dubai
Arabian heavyweight
Would need knockout race

#10 – Albertus Maximus
Comes off two big wins
Only question is distance
Should be there near end

#11 – Muller (Arg)
Arabia’s best
Won’t break sweat at ten panels
Can Saudi class rate?

#12 – Anak Nakal
Underachiever
Can’t hit board in Grade 1s here
No chance on world stage

#13 – Paris Perfect (SAf)
Ran huge in King’s Cup
Would rather see him on turf
Could shock, but doubt it

#14 – My Indy (Arg)
The Sheikh’s lone Cup hope
Came back big after layoff
Will the post trump class?

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Who gets the big check?
The four gets his World Cup win
Ten, fourteen, the tri

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Now let’s take a look at the U.A.E. Derby…

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