Desert Debuters: Beautifully Bred Mizzyaan Looks To Keep Ball Rolling For Watson

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The immaculately bred MIZZYAAN becomes the first starter in the Emirates for the all-conquering Justify and can make her presence felt at first asking in Friday's Cocoa Beach S. (allowance), a 1600-meter event restricted to 3-year-old fillies at Meydan Racecourse. The Mar. 5 foal, a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, is the first foal out of Vale Dori (Arg) (Asiatic Boy {Arg}), a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina, whose two local starts for trainer Mike de Kock included a runner-up effort to Polar River (Congrats) in the 2016 G3 UAE Oaks followed by a close fourth in the G2 UAE Derby. Vale Dori was sent to continue her career in the U.S. under Bob Baffert, taking out the 2017 GI Santa Margarita S. and the GI Zenyatta S. the following season. Mizzyaan has gate two in a field of 10 and Pat Dobbs has the call for trainer Doug Watson, who sent out the promising Russian invader Kabirkhan (California Chrome) to victory in a 2000-meter handicap last Friday. Lining up against Mizzyaan are fellow firster Kibo Misaki (Girvin), a $210,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic breezer who is out of a half-sister to Grade II winner Fantastic Style (Harlan's Holiday); and the well-regarded debut winners Manama Gold (Star Guitar) and Lahfaty (Mitole).

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