Tag: Dubai Horse Racing

Country Grammer and Frankie Dettori pulled away for a 1 3/4-length victory over Hot Rod Charlie to win the $12 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup. (Image: Dubai Racing Club/Cedric Lane)

Country Grammer Writes a Brilliant Finish to Dubai World Cup

Country Grammer left clues in last month’s Saudi Cup he was just about back. In Saturday’s Dubai World Cup, he announced in rousing fashion he was all the way back. The 5-year-old Bob Baffert charge and 9/1 offering in international odds ran down front-running 2/5 favorite Life Is Good over […]

Life Is Good works out this week before Saturday's $12 million Dubai World Cup. He is the 4/5 international morning line favorite. (Image: Erika Rasmussen)

Life Is Good Leads Strong American Parade Into Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup features Life Is Good and his better-than-good speed, Hot Rod Charlie and his better-than-good tenacity, Country Grammer and his better-than-good ability at this distance and Midnight Bourbon and his better-than-good money finishes. All competing for a better-than-great $12 million purse at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Post […]

Hot Rod Charlie had little trouble winning the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge, a prep for the March 26 $12 million Dubai World Cup. (Image: racingfotos.com)

Hot Rod Charlie Blows Away His Dubai Competitors in World Cup Prep

Hot Rod Charlie devoured his Middle East appetizer. Now, it’s on to the main course. The standout colt blew away his Group 2 Maktoum Challenge Round 2 rivals Friday, capturing the 1 3/16-mile Dubai World Cup prep by 5 1/4 lengths. In so doing, Hot Rod Charlie opened his 4-year-old […]

Hot Rod Charlie will use Saturday's Group 2 Maktoum Challenge as a tune-up for the Group 1 Dubai World Cup in March. (Image: Ernie Belmonte)

Hot Rod Charlie Ventures into New Territory — Dubai

The ever-expanding travelogue of Hot Rod Charlie adds another destination stamp on Friday: Dubai. That’s where the popular colt makes his 4-year-old debut in the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge at Meydan Racecourse. This serves as the designated warm-up, get-acclimated-to-the-track race before the March 26 Group 1 Dubai World Cup. It’s […]

Thunder Snow (right) captured the last two Dubai World Cups. The late March race kept its $12 million purse as undercard race purses were trimmed due to COVID-19. (Image: Erika Rasmussen/Dubai Racing Club)

Dubai World Cup Keeps $12 Million Purse, Slices Undercard Purses

The Dubai World Cup announced this weekend it will retain its US$12 million purse for 2021, while, at the same time, cutting $8.5 million from its undercard purses. This keeps the March 27 Dubai World Cup as one of the richest races in the world. The late March event was […]