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Gulfstream Park: Animal Kingdom still on target for Dubai World Cup
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Animal Kingdom, runner-up to Point of Entry in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, remains on target for the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Animal Kingdom made a quick and surprising rush to the lead under jockey Joel Rosario midway down the backstretch in the Gulfstream Park Turf before ultimately yielding to the winner through the final furlong in his first start since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
“Nothing’s changed as far as Dubai goes,” trainer Graham Motion said from the Fair Hill training center in Maryland on Monday. “I was very pleased with the way he came out of the race.”
Motion said he believes Animal Kingdom’s early move likely cost him the race.
“I think very clearly that Joel got pressured into making a premature move,” Motion said. “I was a little anxious going into the race having a rider who didn’t know the horse at all.”
Motion credited jockey John Velazquez with “a very smart race on Point of Entry, and the fact he knows my horse so well probably helped the situation.”
Velazquez guided Animal Kingdom to victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
“It was asking an awful lot of my horse to run from the five-eighths pole out,” Motion said. “Saying that, he got beat by a really good horse and it was not a disgrace by any means. What’s so phenomenal to me about Animal Kingdom is that he has such an extraordinary kick, he showed that in the Breeders’ Cup as well.”
Motion said he is hoping to work Animal Kingdom three times at Palm Meadows before sending him to Dubai for the World Cup.
“I really want to get most of my work done with him over here,” Motion said. “I don’t think I want to work him in Dubai.”
Went The Day Well, ran fourth in the 2012 kentucky derby and has about 8 consecutive workouts preparing to return off a holiday--worth a look
graham i think one work over the track could be to his favor instead of dropping on a new surface for the first time in the race just food for thought.
what do u guys think of bafferts horse super ninty nine i dumped a bit of cash on him in the futures wager and now i see hes 50-1 is this the same horse im thinking of.
tom how do figure 12-1 who are u talking about
Instead of 5-1 in dubai, now i will get 12-1. How can I complain? I'm still gonna lambaste him.
He moved too soon, that's all there is to it. AK has a heck of a kick, he took him out of his game. I don't get the love affair & defense of Rosario, you people act as though Motion committed a sin by hinting at the truth. Ramon was suppose ride this horse, he would have ridden the horse the right way win or loose.
Yes, Rosario moved too soon, but a 50 4F pace will force you to do something other than what you would prefer Also, Point of Entry is one of the top 3 turf horses in the country. The Dubai race is going to be interesting.
Jockeys dance the stupid dance all the time. Even the top ones. One factor that makes winning tough.If I were a jockey I would never vary from a horses strength. But I admit, I`d be far too chicken to ever ride in a horse race. There are safer occupations.
The race was over after first 2 furlongs.. unless Joel acted fast and made that move he loses by more. No way AK would of made up 4 lengths on POE in last 1/4 mile with that pace!! As soon as the gates opened and POE had 4 lengths on AK it was over. Joel put AK in spot to win turning for home and just did not have the horse underneath him to beat a Multiple grade one 12 Furlong horse who was ready to go. Joel is one of best at judging pace and studying race flow. to blame him is SO PETTY!!!
He got a bad ride for sure,but it just shows how good shug mcgaughey is as a trainer!!!! Getting his horse that sharp!!!!
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