03/26/2012 9:07AM

Dubai World Cup card draws two O'Brien-trained Breeders' Cup winners

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Tom Keyser
BC Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey will be ridden by Aidan O'Brien's son, Joseph, in the $5 million Sheema Classic.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Led by Breeders’ Cup winners St Nicholas Abbey and Wrote, trainer Aidan O’Brien entered five horses Monday as post positions were drawn for eight of the nine races on Saturday’s $27.2 million Dubai World Cup card at Meydan.

Post positions for the $10 million Dubai World Cup -- the world’s richest race -- will be drawn Wednesday. O’Brien is expected to enter So You Think in that race.

The six horses O’Brien shipped here Monday from Ireland for this year’s World Cup program represent more than he’s run in the entire history of the event which began in 1996. O’Brien is winless with only four previous starters in the series.

Monday, O’Brien entered Breeders’ Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey and Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes winner Treasure Beach in the $5 million Sheema Classic at 1 1/2 miles on turf. He also entered Await the Dawn in the $5 million Duty Free, and BC Juvenile Turf winner Wrote and Daddy Long Legs in the UAE Derby.

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All six of O’Brien’s horses arrived from Ireland on Monday and are expected to clear quarantine in time to train Wednesday morning.

St Nicholas Abbey, who has not run since the Breeders’ Cup, drew post 9 in a 10-horse field for the 1 1/2-mile Sheema Classic, Joseph O’Brien, Aidan’s son, will be in the irons on Saturday as he was for the Breeders’ Cup victory.

Treasure Beach, who won the Irish Derby and the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington last summer, has not started since finishing third as the favorite in the Canadian International at Woodbine last Oct. 16. Jamie Spencer rides from post 6.

Michael de Kock entered both Mahbooba and Bold Silvano in the Sheema Classic. Mahbooba, who finished sixth in the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine last year, has won two of three starts at Meydan this year including the Group 2 Balanchine at  1 1/8 miles. He did win going 1 1/2 miles at Newmarket last fall.

Bold Silvano won the Maktoum Challenge at 1 3/16 miles on synthetic last year, but is winless in two starts this year, returning from injury. Bold Silvano is in post 2 while Mahbooba drew the 4.

Rounding out the Sheema Classic field are Songcraft, Beaten Up, Cavalryman, and Shimraan.

Wrote outside, 'Chappy' inside for Derby

Wrote, who hasn’t started since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf at odds of 11-1 last Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, drew post 13 in an overflow field  of 17 entered for the $2 million UAE Derby. Only 14 are permitted to run in the 1 3/16-mile race run over the Tapeta surface. Six of the 14 horses in the body UAE Derby field are nominated to the Triple Crown.

Wrote, a son of High Chaparral, made all five of his starts on turf as a 2-year-old for O’Brien and the Coolmore contingent of Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor. He has yet to run beyond a mile. Ryan Moore, up for the Breeders’ Cup victory is back aboard on Saturday.

Lucky Chappy, a son of High Chaparral trained by Graham Motion, drew the rail for the UAE Derby. He comes off a nose loss to Daddy Nose Best in the El Camino Real at Golden Gate, a result that looks better after Daddy Nose Best won Sunday’s Sunland Park Derby.

Alan Garcia will ride Lucky Chappy.

The race also drew Maritimer, a finalist for the Sovereign Award as Canada’s leading 2-year-old male when owned by Howard Walton and trained by Sid Attard. In January, he was sold to Chechnyan president Ramzan Kadyrov and is trained by Herman Brown.

Maritimer drew post 3 and will be ridden by Glyn Schofield.

Mickdaam, winner of the Al Bastakiya here three weeks ago, and Kinglet, who beat Mickdaam in the UAE 2000 Guineas seven weeks ago, are other notables in this field.

The Factor in post 7 for Golden Shaheen

The Factor, one of North America’s top sprinters, drew post 7 in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Golden Shaheen at six furlongs.
Giant Ryan, the other U.S.-based horse entered in the Shaheen, drew post 3.

On Monday, The Factor worked three furlongs in 36.90 seconds under exercise rider George Alvarez. The California-based trainer Tim Yakteen, who is assisting trainer Bob Baffert on this trip to Dubai, marveled at how well The Factor handled Meydan’s synthetic strip.

“He’s a fantastic work horse,” said Yakteen, a longtime assistant to Baffert who has been out on his own since 2004. “He’s got one of the most efficient strides I‘ve ever seen as long as I’ve been in racing. He got over the surface real comfortable and with surprising ease.”

Last year, Baffert finished second in the Golden Shaheen with Euroears. The winner, Rocket Man, is entered back in this field and will break from the rail.
Krypton Factor, who won the Mahab Al Shimaal -- a prep for this race -- on March 10, tossed his exercise rider Monday morning nearing the end of a workout on the Tapeta. The horse got spooked by a paper bag that blew onto the track and he propped. Krypton Factor was quickly apprehended by an outrider and both horse and rider appeared to escape without injury.

De Kock pair top Duty Free

Trainer Michael de Kock, who has won nine races on World Cup night, has a solid duo of Musir and Mutahadee for this year’s $5 million Dubai Duty Free at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Musir won the Al Rashidiya on turf here in January but was upset in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar on Tapeta last out. Musir drew post 5.

Mutahadee won a pair of listed races earlier this meet at Meydan and finished a respectable third in his first start in Group 1 company last out in the Jebel Hatta. Mutahadee breaks from post 10.

Presvis, who won this race last year but who has not win since, and the Japanese-based Dark Shadow are other top contenders in the field.

Western Aristocrat in Godolphin Mile

Western Aristocrat, who shipped over from Great Britain last fall to win the Grade 1 Jamaica at Belmont Park, landed post 8 in a field of 14 entered for the $1 million Godolphin Mile on the Tapeta surface.

Western Aristocrat, trained by Jeremy Noseda for The Vinery, hasn’t run since finishing third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park last November.

Western Aristocrat has made just one start on a synthetic surface, winning a one-mile allowance race last September at Kempton.

Godolphin sends out the trio of African Story, Sandagiyr and Do It All -- all of whom have won one-mile races this meet on the Tapeta. Trainer Ali Al Raihe, the leading trainer in terms of wins at the Dubai Carnival, sends out the trio of First City, Derbaas, and Haatheq.

In other races:

• Regally Ready, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner who bombed in the Meydan Sprint here three weeks ago, drew post 3 for the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint. Corey Nakatani, aboard for the BC Turf Sprint victory, will fly in to ride.

Invincible Ash, Sole Power, Nocturnal Affair, and Monsieur Joe -- separated by one-half length in the Meydan Sprint -- are all back in the Al Quoz.

• Mikhail Glinka, winner of the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold, a prep for the Sheema Classic, heads the field of 13 entered for the inaugural running of the $1 million Gold Cup at 2 miles on turf.

• The card begins with the $250,000 Kahayla Classic for Arabian horses. An overflow field of 16 was entered including 2009 winner Fryvolous and 2011 winner Seraphin Du Paon, who drew posts 5 and 6, respectively.