03/18/2013 10:54AM

Dice Flavor, El Camino Real winner, headed to Dubai

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Dice Flavor, upset winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields, will make his next start in Dubai on March 30.

After working the colt six furlongs Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park, trainer Paddy Gallagher said Dice Flavor would start next in $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan. Like the surface at Golden Gate, the synthetic surface at Meydan is Tapeta.

The purse of the UAE Derby is 10 times higher than the $200,000 El Camino Real that was contested Feb. 16 at Golden Gate. Dice Flavor won that 1 1/8-mile race by 3 3/4 lengths with an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

Jose Valdivia has ridden Dice Flavor all five starts. A son of Scat Daddy, Dice Flavor has 2 wins and 2 thirds, and earned $160,500.

Gallagher considered the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes on March 23 at Turfway Park for Dice Flavor’s next start. He said the higher purse and longer distance of the UAE Derby were contributing factors for the Dubai race. The Spiral is 1 1/8 miles, while the UAE Derby is 1 3/16 miles.

Dice Flavor joins Doug O’Neill-trained He’s Had Enough as California-based 3-year-olds expected to ship to Dubai.

NotMike More than 1 year ago
Its the surface, stupid!
jttf More than 1 year ago
i cant believe what i am hearing. dice flavor has not run with lasix in any of his races. there is no lasix in dubai. so this american horse will not be hurt by the lasix ban. when a horse doesnt run on lasix. they dont need as much time to recover.
Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
I was speaking of Dice Flavor, of course. As for He's Had Enough.......he's had enough
Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
Quite simply, the horse has not been as good on dirt. Because of that, the Kentucky Derby was not a realistic goal. Also, since he obviously loves the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields, why not ship for the big money race at Meydan (on Tapeta) ala Dullahan in the Pacific Classic last year. They are going for the $$$$$$$$.
scott More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for He's Had Enough. What would give the connections the idea that this horse could hit the board in Dubai? Consistency? He's been in 2 exactas in 7 lifetime starts. Form? He's been beaten 7 and 9 lengths in his last two starts at home in Cali. Then shipped and showed his talent when beaten 10 in the FOY. So, you lose 3 races by 26 lengths and decide to travel halfway around the world.....get a clue. With the money made off I'll Have Another's retirement you don't need to chase this purse in the desert.
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
Why is He's Had Enough going to Dubai so close to May? He'll never have time to recover from the trip before the Derby.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
I think the connections are going for earnings and aren't worried about the next race, IMO.
scott More than 1 year ago
going for the earnings and aren't worried about the horse, IMO.
Kendall Daniels More than 1 year ago
Considering the lack of success of U.S. based horses in Dubai, this is a curious move. If he wins the move was great but whether he wins or loses he's done on the triple crown trail, and maybe for a goodly amount of time. Dubai takes a bunch out of horses. To me there's too much downside risk.
jttf More than 1 year ago
good move