By Alan Carasso
In this series, we will have a look at American-bred first-time juvenile starters (through the end of 2023) and debuting 3-year-olds in maiden races at the tracks of the Emirates Racing Authority–predominantly Meydan and occasionally Jebel Ali–with a specific focus on pedigree and/or performance in a sales ring in the meetings leading up to the Dubai World Cup program Saturday, Mar. 30, 2024. Meydan will host racing mainly on Fridays, with the exception of Super Saturday Mar. 2 and Dubai World Cup night. Here are the horses of interest for the Saturday program at Jebel Ali:
3rd-JEB, AED72,000 ($19,606), Maiden, NH2yo/SH3yo, 1200m
PRINCIDENT (World of Trouble), a $75,000 Keeneland September acquisition by Powerstown Stud, caught the eye during the under-tack preview for this year's Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale (see below) and was knocked down to Rabbah Bloodstock for €210,000, the second-priciest of 30 juveniles reported as sold from the first crop of his sire (by Kantharos). Racing in the colors of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, the Feb. 12 produce is out of the MSP Truth in the Lies (Hold Me Back), a half-sister to five-time New Jersey-bred stakes winner Trueamericanspirit (Is It True).
Fayadh (Liam's Map) is the latest foal to make the races out of Class Included (Include), whose 11 career stakes successes includes the GIII Ballerina S. at Hastings Park. A $100,000 KEESEP purchase by former jockey turned bloodstock agent Ted Durcan/Longways, the chestnut colt fetched €148,148 from owner Ali Haddad at the Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up at Meydan this past March (see below). Bhupat Seemar handles training duties.