Saudi Arabia

Security Pays Off in the Desert

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - Gary and Mary West and Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Maximum Security (New Year's Day) put the final exclamation point on a memorable day of racing at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh Saturday, recording a gritty 3/4-length victory over Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) in the inaugural $20-million Saudi Cup. Last year's champion sophomore was forced to drift in and out down the lane as he attempted to overtake pacesetting Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man) and finally took charge with 100 meters to run before...

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66 International Runners Line Up for Saudi Cup Meeting

The inaugural $29.2-million Saudi Cup card at King Abdulaziz Racecourse on Feb. 29 drew 66 runners from overseas, including 21 Group/Grade 1 winners, HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, announced on Wednesday. The full list of runners for the eight-race Saturday card have won a combined 32 top-level races. Some of the big names in the $20-million Saudi Cup include:  recent GI Pegasus World Cup winner Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man) who squares off with Bob Baffert stablemate and MGISW McKinzie...

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Deirdre in Good Form Prior to Middle East Trip

Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}), a winner of the G1 Nassau S. last summer, will compete on the Saudi Cup day undercard on Feb. 29 or Dubai in March, Racing Post reported on Monday. Fourth in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase in early December, the 6-year-old mare returned to trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam's Abington Stables shortly thereafter. Chapple-Hyam is filling in for Deirdre's regular trainer, Mitsuru Hashida. "Deirdre flew back here after Hong Kong rather than going home and you could say she is now a 'Newmarket Sheila', Chapple-Hyam told Racing...

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Post Pegasus Turf, Magic Wand Targets Saudi Cup

The connections of dual GI Pegasus World Cup Turf runner-up Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) are considering trying the daughter of Prudenzia (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) on dirt in the upcoming $20-million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Racing Post reported. Successful in the Nov. 9 G1 Mackinnon S. Down Under and runner-up in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 8, the Aidan O'Brien trainee and Coolmore representative sports nine placings at Group 1 level from 23 starts. She is one of 14 entries for the master of Rosegreen spread...

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Taking Stock: Coolmore's New Year's Gambit

On New Year's Day, David Grening broke the news in the Daily Racing Form that Coolmore had purchased a 50% interest in the racing and breeding rights of Gary and Mary West's homebred Maximum Security (New Year's Day). (Disclosure: The Wests and their racing manager, Ben Glass, are retained clients of WTC, Inc.). The colt is to stand at Coolmore America (Ashford Stud) in Kentucky at the end of his career, but he is scheduled to race this year and has some major targets on his slate, including the new...

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