02/05/2014 3:43PM

Santa Anita: Dubai You X Y Z to make rare appearance in San Marcos

Benoit & Associates
Saturday’s San Marcos will be only the 11th start for 7-year-old Dubai You X Y Z.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Starts are precious for Dubai You X Y Z, the 7-year-old gelding who is one of three horses trained at Santa Anita by Mark Tsagalakis.

Dubai You X Y Z has won 6 of 10 starts in a career that began in March 2010. The layoffs have been frequent, but the results have often been outstanding. Dubai You X Y Z won his last start, which came in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Dec. 6, leading Tsagalakis to plan for Saturday’s $200,000 San Marcos Stakes.

“He’s not an easy keep,” Tsagalakis said on Wednesday. “He’s been fine. As of right now, he’s happy. When he’s happy, he runs well.”

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The Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes, run over 1 1/4 miles on turf, will be the second stakes appearance for Dubai You X Y Z, who is owned by Tsagalakis, 50. Dubai You X Y Z was sixth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in June 2012, and did not start again until last March, finishing second in an optional claimer at Santa Anita. After finishing second in an optional claimer last May, Dubai You X Y Z was sidelined by a stomach ailment and rested until the December race.

After the Dec. 6 win, Tsagalakis considered running the horse in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Jan. 4, but opted for the San Marcos. The San Marcos will be the longest race in the career of Dubai You X Y Z, who races as a stalker.

“The way he runs, I think he’ll be fine with it,” Tsagalakis said. “The timing of this seemed a little better. It’s fun to be in this situation.”

The San Marcos is expected to have a large field. Among those possible are Artic North, Bio Pro, Dreamy Kid, Jeramino, Lucayan, Mr T Bird, Power Foot, Segway, Si Sage, Slim Shadey, Temeraine, Utopian, Vagabond Shoes, and Would You.

Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
Jeranimo to Vagabond Shoes to Dubai You XYZ to Temeraine to finish out the superfecta!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Jeranimo looks to lay over this field. He came his last 1/8th in 11 and change last out and was just cruising. This is where he fits, in Grade II races. Its funny that this is the first time he will try 1 1/4. Plenty of pace in the race. No Einstein theories here. Jeranimo to Dubai You XYZ.
Penguin ymous More than 1 year ago
In the excitement of sharing my successes, I forgot to say that Dubai W Y Z is one heckuva racehorse. Too bad he hasn't been an easy keep as I have always thought he was special. Tsagalakis has always entered him in races he can win and now I will have to take an extra long look at the San Marcos. Best of luck Mark.