03/26/2013 4:50PM

Dubai World Cup: Dullahan, Little Mike go easy

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Andrew Watkins
Dullahan was briefly taken out of training over the winter.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday was a light training day for the two Dale Romans-trained horses here, with Dullahan going once around the main track at Meydan, and Little Mike jogging over the Tapeta surface on the training track located just southeast of the big track.

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Little Mike, who is bound for the Dubai Duty Free, was the more composed of the pair. Dullahan, who starts in the World Cup, was hot and lathered upon his arrival at the track from the quarantine barn, prancing and dancing under his regular rider Tammy Fox, who has been with the horses since their World Cup Night prep races March 9.

Romans said the paths of the two horses diverged after the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which Little Mike won and in which Dullahan finished ninth. Dullahan was briefly taken out of training, but Little Mike never was let down during the winter.

“We never did stop on him,” Romans said. “We kept him in light training after the Breeders’ Cup. Dullahan, he looks better than when I saw him over here the first time, before he ran. He got the race he needed. He’s pretty fit now.”

VON VON More than 1 year ago
Dale, knows just what he's doing shipping these two thorobreds across the pond...He along with his staff has something other outfits may never have in races like these...BREEDING... CLASS...TACK...See you in the winners circle guys..
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
FOLKS! They shipped early and were given preps...sounds smart to me! Animal Kingdom is sadly being paraded for stud duty!! Next stop England for more hype.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
hey, good for his connections.... $$$$... thats all what matters
David Smith More than 1 year ago
the american horses are dead here
mrm More than 1 year ago
I feel so strongly that Dull has no shot that I have to bet him.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That has been a good angle more than once!
George Mayo More than 1 year ago
SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSh don't tell nobody, but yes your right
George Mayo More than 1 year ago
MRM: I agree with you and Gary Stevens has been there before and he also rides Little Mike . You can never count Gary out, I saw him ride at the old Longacres, he came in from Boise Idaho he has come along way. The less others stay off of Dull the better the odds better the payout.
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
Curtis, who are you talking about, Animal Kingdom? It sure sounds like you are.
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
For all the accolades this horse receives, he better start winning something real soon. 10 Races & only 1 Grade 1 win. Sounds like much ado about nothing. Lots of hype & no results. At the end of the story, it's G1 wins that count.
scott More than 1 year ago
Which horse is all hype with 1 Grade 1 win? Dullahan and Little Mike have each won 3 Grade 1 races.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
If you are talking about animal kingdom, then his 1 G1 is better than 3 of the other two. Its kentucky derby.... Does a horse need anything else if he has KD under hi belt ?
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
"He's pretty fit now." I don't like the sound of that.