03/09/2013 11:34AM

Dubai: Jakkalberry adds City of Gold to global stash


The older he gets, the more miles he travels, the better Jakkalberry seems to perform. Saturday at Meydan in Dubai, the globe-trotting 7-year-old added another victory to his resume, outkicking heavily favored Await the Dawn and to win the Group 2, $250,000 Dubai City of Gold.

In the last year, Jakkalberry has raced in the Dubai, the United States, England, Australia, and Japan, and with his victory Saturday, his last three wins have come in Milan, Italy; Chicago, Illinois; and in the United Arab Emirates. This is Jakkalberry’s second trip to Dubai, and while he was a solid third in the 2012 Sheema Classic on the World Cup card, Jakkalberry could be better this year.

“He may be one to look forward to at the end of the month,” said winning rider Ryan Moore.

Jakkalberry ($12.20) finished a good third of 24 in the 2012 Melbourne Cup but could only run 11th of 19 in the Nov. 25 Japan Cup, his final start last year. But he was back on form in the City of Gold, which unfolded in unusual fashion when Treble Jig, the expected pacesetter, was slowly away and nowhere near the front end in the early going. Await the Dawn reluctantly led into the first turn, jockey Pat Cosgrave restraining his mount to let Cavalryman go to the front through an opening quarter-mile in about 30 seconds. The pace scarcely quickened down the backstretch until Treble Jig suddenly was let loose, flying from mid-pace to take the lead with about seven furlongs to run.

From there, the tempo quickened considerably, with Cavalryman the first to pounce on Treble Jig as the field turned for home, and Await the Dawn hard on their heels. But rallying widest and steadily came Jakkalberry, who took the lead about a furlong out and pushed past to record a half-length victory over Await the Dawn, with Cavalryman a nose farther back in third.

Masterstroke, one of the favorites, and third in the 2012 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, acted up in the gate and was scratched just before the start.

Jakkalberry, by Storming Home, is owned by a partnership and trained by Marco Botti.

Secret Number scores in UAE Derby prep

Secret Number ($10.40), a once-started maiden winner, overcame a slow start to capture the $250,000 Al Bastakiya Stakes for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor, looking like a major player for the March 30 UAE Derby.

Wide throughout the 1 3/16-mile Tapeta race, Secret Number came home steadily under Kieren Fallon to beat Zahee by two lengths. Snowboarder finished another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

Secret Number, a Raven’s Pass 3-year-old bred by Darley, started once last fall on the all-weather track at Kempton in England, winning a maiden stakes after a terrible start and eventful trip. Saturday, it was much the same, with Secret Number away slowly and well behind a moderate tempo in the initial stages. But Fallon let Secret Number move up steadily on the backstretch run, and Secret Number closed the deal with a solid kick. Winning time for about 1 3/16 miles on a slow-playing surface was 2:01.36.

Shea Shea takes turf sprint

Shea Shea ($5.60) ran himself into the favorite’s role for the Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup Night with a flashy victory in the $175,000 Meydan Sprint. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon for trainer Mike de Kock, and making his second start of the winter, Shea Shea was away alertly and always near the pace before taking control of the five-furlong, straight-course turf dash about 300 meters out. Shea Shea went well clear and finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Sole Power, with Russian Soul third. Winning time over firm turf was a course-record 57.02 seconds.

* Reynaldothewizard ($24.20) posted a mild upset in the Group 3, $200,000 Mahab al Shimaal, beating the heavily favored defending champion Krypton Factor by four lengths.

Trained by Sateesh Seemar and ridden to victory by Richard Mullen, 7-year-old Reynaldothewizard won his second straight race this winter while scoring the most important victory of his career. Bred in the U.S., Reynaldothewizard began his career in July 2008 at Churchill Downs.