03/16/2016 2:46PM

Five Americans to enter Dubai World Cup


A field of 13, including five Americans, is expected to be entered for the $10 million Dubai World Cup, according to a Wednesday release from the Dubai Racing Club of probable runners on the March 26 World Cup program. Final entries for nine stakes worth $30 million are due at 9 a.m. Monday, Dubai time.

The World Cup, the second since Meydan Racecourse replaced its Tapeta Footings surface with dirt for its 2015 racing season, includes last year’s runner-up, California Chrome, who won a handicap race earlier this month in a local World Cup prep. Frosted, the winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 in February at Meydan, also figures to be a prominent player, and on Wednesday, he had his final workout for the race, going five furlongs in 1:01.60 at the Marmoom training center under the watchful eye of assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin, the brother of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Keen Ice finished seventh in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 but is expected to run back in the World Cup. Mshawish, the Donn Handicap winner, arrived in Dubai earlier this week, as did San Antonio Stakes winner Hoppertunity.

The others expected for the World Cup are Mubtaahij, Special Fighter, Intilaaq, Hokko Tarumae, Gun Pit, Vadamos, Candy Boy, and Teletext.

Nine entrants are expected for the $6 million Sheema Classic over about 1 1/2 miles on turf, the field headed by Postponed, Highland Reel, and Duramente and including no American horses.

There are 14 probable runners listed for the card’s other major turf race, the $6 million Dubai Turf, a group headed by Solow, the defending champion.

Solow, trained by Freddie Head, rapped himself during a workout Wednesday in France, but Head downplayed the incident’s significance and said Solow was on course to race in the Dubai Turf.

The California-based Flamboyant is among the likely runners, but Heart to Heart, once an expected starter, didn’t ship to Dubai on Sunday, trainer Brian Lynch said, and will be aimed at the Maker’s 46 Mile in April at Keeneland.

There is but one U.S. shipper in the $2 million Golden Shaheen over about six furlongs on dirt, though that horse, the razor-sharp X Y Jet, is formidable. Confrontation, an impressive winner over about one mile in the Feb. 4 Firebreak Stakes, his first start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin, is listed among the Golden Shaheen probables, while Godolphin’s Marking, thought to be its Golden Shaheen runner, now is anticipated to run in the $1 million Godolphin Mile. He and a U.S. expatriate, Cool Cowboy, should be the favorites in a dirt race that also failed to lure any other American horses.

There are two Americans, though, in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, the one-two finishers from the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Mongolian Saturday and Lady Shipman. The Doug O’Neill-trained 3-year-old Frank Conversation will take his chance in the $2 million UAE Derby, where he’ll meet the talented fillies Polar River and Vale Dori.

Eleven entrants are expected for the $1 million Gold Cup, a turf marathon over about two miles, while a full field of purebred Arabians will contest the $1 million Kahayla Classic.