03/23/2010 11:00PM

Richard's Kid among Meydan workers


While there are no official workouts recorded at Meydan Racecourse, there have been some significant moves clocked by workwatchers this week as horses from around the world prepare for Dubai World Cup Night on Saturday.

On Tuesday morning, the Emirates Racing Authority reported that Richard's Kid worked four furlongs in 47.97 seconds on the Tapeta surface at Meydan in his prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup, a move described as eye-catching by those present. Trainer Bob Baffert then declined an opportunity to school his San Antonio Handicap winner in the saddling area and the paddock Tuesday night.

Also on Tuesday on the Meydan Tapeta, the Brian Meehan-trained Godolphin Mile hopeful Cat Junior worked a half-mile in 47.37. The Japanese filly Red Desire, who will challenge Richard's Kid and Gio Ponti in the World Cup, went three furlongs in 36.20, while World Cup dark horse Crowded House worked five panels in 1:00.37.

On Wednesday morning, Japan's distaff entry in the Dubai Sheema Classic, Buena Vista, went five furlongs on the Tapeta track in 1:00.83. Recent winner of the 1 3/8-mile, Grade 2 Kyoto Kinen, Buena Vista is trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda, who in 2007 trained Admire Moon to win the Dubai Duty Free off a victory in the Kyoto Kinen.