03/21/2015 9:40PM

Dubai Sky handles surface switch to win Spiral Stakes

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Dubai Sky wins the Spiral Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Turfway Park.

FLORENCE, Ky. – Continuing a recent trend of Florida invaders dominating the Spiral Stakes, Dubai Sky transferred his top grass form from Gulfstream Park to synthetic to take Saturday’s Grade 3, $535,750 Spiral at Turfway Park over the track’s Polytrack strip.

A Kentucky Derby qualifying prep race with 85 points awarded among the top four finishers, including 50 to the winner, assures Dubai Sky a starting position in the Kentucky Derby if his connections pursue the race with him.

A horse that had raced exclusively on turf prior to Saturday’s victory, he was not initially nominated to the Triple Crown – though on the heels of the Spiral, that could change.

His owners, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables, have until Monday to make him a $6,000 late nominee to the Triple Crown, and while trainer Bill Mott was not in attendance at Turfway to discuss the winner’s plans, a late nomination seems possible, if not probable.

Regardless of Dubai Sky’s ability to handle dirt and his status as a potential Kentucky Derby participant, he proved in the Spiral he is a very good synthetic horse.

Despite a wide trip that kept him in the four path, pressing with the other frontrunners down the backstretch, he drew away with authority to win the Spiral by 2 1/4 lengths under Jose Lezcano. A son of Candy Ride, racing on Lasix for the first time, he completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.26, paying $16.80.

Conquest Typhoon, under Mike Smith, rallied from midpack to grab second, though he flattened out somewhat late, lasting by a neck over the third-place Firespike.

Lezcano, who went 3 for 3 on the day at Turfway, including another graded win in the Bourbonette, said he was pleased with Dubai Sky’s early position.

His horse was moving comfortably behind contested fractions of 47.57 seconds and 1:12.09 set by Wireless Future and began to advance on his own.

“He took me to the quarter pole, and I saw Mike Smith behind me, and I said, ‘It’s time to go,’ ” he said.

The 70-1 longshot Task Force Glory ended up two lengths farther behind Firespike in fourth, followed by the 5-2 second choice Royal Son in fifth and the favored Metaboss in sixth.

Wireless Future, Another Lemon Drop, Magic of Believing, Big Family, and Watchyourownbobber completed the order of finish.

Smith on Conquest Typhoon offered no excuse, saying he had a clean trip and was second best.

“I thought my horse ran dynamite,” he said. “I’m really proud of him.”

The latter horse, who earned 20 points for the victory – putting him on the fringe of making a race like the Derby if entered in an oversubscribed field – will be taken to Churchill Downs, but his trainer, Mark Casse, said that a race like the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day might become his next target. That horse’s long-term goal is the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine.

Chris Baker, chief operating officer for Three Chimneys Farm, suggested the Derby would at least be considered for Dubai Sky.

“It would be hard at this time of year, off this win, getting 50 points, not to at least think about [the Derby],” he said.

In which case, a $6,000 late Triple Crown nomination may soon be made.

john More than 1 year ago
Much like Animal kingdom,we will have to wait &see how he takes to the churchill surface when he works there.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Dominating performance considering he was 4 wide throughout while chasing fast fractions then drew off. Also keep in mid that was off a layoff. Depending on he takes to the Churchill surface, which I thing he will, since many horses from this sire relish Churchill he will be in my ticket in May. An improving horse with upside. Lets also remember that was a 1 1/8.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Dubai Sky , that makes it 4 victories in a row. You don"t win 4 in a row without Heart ! This is a nice talented 3 YO that deserves a shot in the KD and IMO will be in the gate for that race.
Steve Gibson More than 1 year ago
We'll see if they supplement him by end of day tomorrow. No reason they should not. A TC win on dirt would make his breeding value soar, and unlike many of the current Derby hot horses this one is actually bred to get 1 1/4. If he's anything like his full brother 1 1/4 is well within his reach. If he supplements, Mott has 6 weeks to prep him and he would be a very dangerous outsider. Certainly one who at the very least would influence the pace and keep horses like AP and Dortmund honest on the front end, and he could very well take home all the marbles if he runs. This was a very impressive race from both a speed standpoint on a slow track, and the fact he made three separate moves during the race - a move out of the gate to get position by the first turn into a very fast opening quarter, a mid move down the backstretch to pull even with the leaders, and then a 3rd move at the top of the stretch to open up and put the field away. Very athletic and very impressive. Now 4-0 with blinkers on. As others have said he could easily be another Animal Kingdom, and this horse has certainly trained well enough on real dirt in the mornngs to warrant being given a shot in a Derby field which more and more looks like it's going to be loaded with milers pretending to be 1 1/4 horses. :-)
Dave More than 1 year ago
This guy has a similar profile of Animal Kingdom. But I'm still skeptical of his class, really didn't beat much in the Spiral nor any of his turf races...... BUT he showed tremendous heart and overcame a lot thrown at him, one being the 12 post. If and when he does go in the KD, we will know how good he really is!!!
Tom F More than 1 year ago
Candy Ride offspring run on anything and because Dubai Sky is a FULL brother to the freak Twirling Candy this horse will be very live come May 2nd. And likely a very juicy price as well. Twirling Candy was a headcase so that is something to consider. Also, TC finished a very close second twice going 1&1/4 in grade 1's.
Tom F More than 1 year ago
excuse me, a very close 2nd and 3rd in grade 1's going the classic distance
Walter More than 1 year ago
Didn't Twirling Candy break the 7f track record held by Spectacular Bid at SA? I just cannot remember if it was done on synthetic.
Tom F More than 1 year ago
Candy Ride offspring run on anything and Dubai Sky's full brother is the freak Twirling Candy. Twiring Candy was a head case, but aside from that Dubai Sky will be a very juicy price and live horse come May 2nd. And the 1&1/4 should not pose a problem.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I think everyone here who gambles on horses are becoming sick,mind,using myself!! We all have a mental illness and horse racing is taking so much time out of our lives!! Big deal I win a thousand here and there or lose lots but in the end we are all losing time which is more valuable !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for everyone's sake please get some medical professional help. you seem disillusion and can't seem to understand the difference between losing and winning
russell More than 1 year ago
Lets face the facts here, Dubai Sky is owned by Three Chimneys, a huge breeder. You better believe he will be in the KY Derby. Does he deserve a shot, of course. Do I think he will win, no.
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
don't like him for the derby, but that 's a pretty darn nice final time for the spiral...full second faster than AK and went the day well