03/22/2006 12:00AM

Electrocutionist jolted at draw

Andrew Watkins / Dubai Racing Club
Electrocutionist, winning the Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba March 2, drew the inside post Wednesday for Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Electrocutionist's task of winning Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, and ending a two-year winning streak by American horses, became more difficult when the 5-year-old drew the rail in the field of 11 at the post position draw on Wednesday.

A Group 1 stakes winner in England and Italy last year and the winner of a major Dubai stakes on dirt earlier this month, Electrocutionist will be making his second start on dirt in the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race.

Simon Crisford, the racing manager for Electrocutionist's owners, the Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing, said he feared the kickback of dirt from front-runners may cause problems for Electrocutionist, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.

"It will take a special horse to win from there," he said. "It was always going to be difficult. Now it will be much more difficult."

Conversely, the connections of the five American horses that will try to emulate Pleasantly Perfect (2004) and Roses in May (2005) as recent American winners said that the draw suits the running styles of their respective horses.

Choctaw Nation, the closer who finished third in the 2005 Dubai World Cup, breaks from post 4. Trainer Jeff Mullins said an inside post will allow jockey Victor Espinoza to save ground during the 2,000-meter race, or about 1 1/4 miles.

"He won't have to cover much ground to get to the rail," Mullins said.

Brass Hat, the winner of the New Orleans and Donn handicaps this year, starts from post 7, with fellow Americans Magna Graduate and Wilko drawn directly to his outside.

Brass Hat will trying for his fourth consecutive stakes win.

"They said anything outside of 5 would be good," said trainer Buff Bradley. "I think it's a good spot."

Brass Hat is a closer. A gelding that has overcome injury, Brass Hat will not be bothered by dirt in his face, Bradley believes. "He's had a lot of things thrown at him," he said.

Magna Graduate, the winner of three graded stakes last fall, has a post that will complement his style as a stalker.

"When you get too far on the inside, they can put pressure on you," said Kim Valerio, the racing manager for owner Elisabeth Alexander.

Super Frolic, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic last October, starts from the outside in the field of 11.

"I wanted to be outside," said his trainer, Vladimir Cerin. "I don't want to get covered up. You can adapt to the pace and the others and see who is sending."

The draw was held in the theater of a beachfront luxury hotel. After the order of selection was determined randomly, post positions were drawn by the connections.

Cerin and Mullins each drew the post for his horse, and Bradley sent up his 10-year-old daughter, Kory, to draw Brass Hat's post.

When trainer Saeed bin Suroor rose to draw Electrocutionist's post, there were only two spots remaining, the rail and post 4.

Electrocutionist, who is a strong favorite to win the Dubai World Cup with English bookmakers, won the Group 1 Juddmonte at York, England, last August. In his only start this year, he won the third round of the Maktoum Challenge Stakes at the World Cup distance of about 1 1/4 miles on dirt on March 2.

Another threat to the American runners is Kane Hekili, the Japanese star who has won 8 of 12 starts. Kane Hekili will start from post 3.

A 4-year-old colt, Kane Hekili closed from well off the pace to win his last two starts, the $2.07 million Japan Cup Dirt in November and the $1.5 million February Stakes last month.

On Wednesday at Nad Al Sheba, Kane Hekili worked 800 meters, or about four furlongs, in 49.90 seconds before dawn. Jockey Yutaka Take was aboard for the workout.

"The dirt course is different from the Japanese one, but he ran very well," Take said.

The field

Dubai World Cup
Purse: $6 million; 1 1/14 miles; Group 1

1ElectrocutionistL. Dettori 8-5
2ShakisW. Supple50-1
3Kane HekiliY. Take 5-1
4Choctaw NationV. Espinoza 15-1
5ChiquitinM. Kinane 50-1
6MaraahelR. Hills 15-1
7Brass HatW. Martinez 4-1
8Magna GraduateJ. Velazquez 10-1
9WilkoG. Gomez 20-1
10Star King ManO. Peslier 25-1
11Super FrolicC. Nakatani 8-1

* All horses carry 126
* Odds by Alan Shuback