01/28/2015 2:59PM

Two dozen U.S. horses nominated to Dubai World Cup

Nikki Sherman
Bayern (right), Toast of New York (center) and California Chrome (left), the top three finishers in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic, are nominated to the Dubai World Cup.

Bayern, Toast of New York, California Chrome, and Shared Belief - the first four finishers of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 - are among 296 horses from 15 countries nominated for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

The $10 million Dubai World Cup is one of eight Thoroughbred stakes worth at least $1 million at Meydan on March 28. There are 24 horses from the United States nominated for the Dubai World Cup, which will be run at 1 1/4 miles on dirt.

Meydan had a Tapeta synthetic surface from its opening in 2010 until 2014. Last year, there were no American-based runners in the Dubai World Cup for the first time in the 19-year history of the race. The race was run on a dirt track at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse from 1996 to 2009.

The Dubai World Cup has been mentioned as an early spring goal for Bayern and California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year. California Chrome is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Bayern is considered doubtful for the San Antonio after fighting a foot problem in recent weeks, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Of the 296 horses nominated for the Dubai World Cup, 218 are based in the UAE, including the former American runners Candy Boy and Footbridge. Toast of New York, trained in Britain by Jamie Osborne, is one of 30 horses from Europe nominated for the World Cup.

For the eight Thoroughbred races, there are 92 American-based horses nominated, including Main Sequence, the winner of the BC Turf, for the $6 million Sheema Classic at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Some American runners were nominated for more than one race. Constitution, the winner of the 2014 Florida Derby, was nominated for the Dubai World Cup and is among 17 American-based horses nominated for the $1 million Godolphin Mile.

tommy More than 1 year ago
Let us know what time we can place our bets!!! Big pools = big money to be made!!!
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
That dirt surface over there creates boring racing and closers haven't had much of a chance
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Would that not make Dubai racing easier to bet?
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Not really. If you think im the only one that noticed this... it's gonna take a lot to make alot. Imma watch Tampa instead
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
tampa really...tampa to dubao is like a chevette to a ferrrari.
tommy More than 1 year ago
How can anyone close when my horse has 30 length lead???? Closers win a race because the horses that run fast in the front are not fit!! How can you close on secretariat when he has 40 length lead??? Come on now, closers are supposed to never win!!! The closers do win because the horse in front is not fit and tires out!!