Monday Afternoon Rewind: Global Superstar

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The racing world continues to buzz about Arrogate collecting a major prize and in the most dramatic of fashions to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup over the weekend. Arrogate highlighted a spectacular afternoon of racing and we take a look back as always in our Monday Afternoon Rewind. It’s the good, bad and the ugly. There’s a little of each below, mostly because of our picks. 

Meydan. Race 1. 7:45 a.m.  Sharp Azteca carried his 4-for-4 record at 1 mile to Dubai for the $1 million Godolphin Mile. Not every day you see a seven-figure purse on a Group 2 stakes, but that’s what you get here. Field heavy on Dubai-based runners, including last-out winners North America and Heavy Metal.

• Sharp Azteca looked on his way to a 5-for-5 mark before getting tired late and finishing third behind Second Summer, a Florida-bred gelding by Summer Bird previously campaigned in California with trainer Peter Eurton, and the Irish-bred Ross. 

Meydan. Race 3. 8:50.  No Americans for the 2-mile Dubai Gold Cup, a Group 2 worth $1 million? No surprise here. Vazirabad, a specialist at distance races back home in France, prepped with a second behind fellow Dubai Gold Cup entrant Beautiful Romance and just ahead of Sheikhzayedroad. Those three look good but don’t count out Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore with Coolmore’s Kingfisher.

• Vazirabad proved again up to the test of a long-distance race, winning by a neck over Beautiful Romance and Sheikhzayedroad.

Meydan. Race 4. 9:25.  Kentucky Derby points on the line in Group 2 UAE Derby. Master Plan owns a win on turf and synthetic and bids for one on dirt for Todd Pletcher in $2 million race going the Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles. Field of 16 also includes the Kentucky-bred War Front colt Spirit Of Valor for the Coolmore team and Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, dominating winner of the prep in the UAE Two Thousand Guineas.

• Master Plan didn’t get the victory on the dirt but ran a credible third behind Godolphin’s Thunder Snow and Japan’s Epicharis.

Newbury. Race 1. 9:50.  Veteran chasers kick off Saturday’s headline card at Newbury. This is like coming home for Thanksgiving and seeing your friends at the local pub Wednesday night. Cloudy Too, Pete The Feat, Shotavodka, Coolking…and all your old buddies. Cue Glory Days and enjoy.

• Bodega crashed the party, taking the lead three out and holding off Call Me Vic comfortably to win by 8 lengths. Cloudy Too checked in third, Pete The Feat fifth, Shotavodka sixth and Cookling pulled up four out.

Meydan. Race 5. 10:00.  A turf sprint is a turf sprint, right? Wrong. Here’s the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint going 6 furlongs on a straightaway. Interesting Group 1 event attracts the 11-year-old Medicean Man, ninth in this race in 2013 and fourth in 2014, and American-based Long On Value and Richard’s Boy. Washington DC carries the Coolmore flag and goes off the layoff from the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint while Limato makes first start since close sixth in Breeders’ Cup Mile.

• We failed to mention the winner in what turned out to be a thriller at the finish as The Right Man, an English-bred son of Lope de Vega, edged U.S.-based Long On Value by a nose. The two from the Breeders’ Cup – Washington DC (seventh) and Limato (10th) showed some signs of rust.

Thurles. Race 1. 10:10.  Want a price? Bet Tikken Away.

• Tikken Away was a decent price, going off at 13-2, and made steady progress throughout but couldn’t run down La Bella Vida after the last.

Stratford. Race 1. 10:20.  Double your Tikken Away money and back Apache Song. Thank us later.

• Well, there was no chance to double the money after Tikken Away lost at Thurles; Apache Song lost, too, as the 10-11 favorite. Talent To Amuse won by 5 lengths from Ronnie Baird.

Newbury. Race 2. 10:25.  Another reunion of old friends for this handicap chase.

• Warriors Tale scored in the second reunion affair, winning by 1 1/4 lengths for Paul Nicholls at 9-2.

Meydan. Race 6. 10:35.  Word in some corners was that it was a tough draw for New York-bred Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits from post No. 14, but we always thought it wasn’t bad to be on the outside in a sprint stakes with a stalker. He should do just that in $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen as Chad Summers looks for his first winner. Yes, the same Chad Summers that makes picks in The Saratoga Special. Mind Your Biscuits is one of three Americans in Group 1 along with Stallwalkin’ Dude and St. Joe Bay.

• Chad Summers, our man from The Saratoga Special and a racetracker to the core, picked a heck of a good time to get his first win as Mind Your Biscuits scored a 3-length victory under Joel Rosario. Another American-bred, Comicas, finished second while St. Joe Bay finished fourth and Stallwalkin’ Dude sixth.

Kelso. Race 2. 10:40.  The likeable Seeyouatmidnight tries to get back on track in this handicap hurdle, dropping a few floors from the Grade 1 Betfair Chase back in November. Ten-time winner Reve De Sivola tries the same thing, he rides a five-race losing streak.

• Seeyouatmidnight ran well but was no match for Big River, a 10-length winner under Blair Campbell for trainer Lucinda Russell. Tragic ending for Reve De Sivola, who collapsed and died before the last.

Thurles. Race 2. 10:45.  No rest for the weary around Willie Mullins’ yard, he’s trying to win a championship. Open Eagle, eighth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, returns in a week after a fruitless foray to Cheltenham.

• A week proved more than enough for Open Eagle, who made virtually all the running en route to a 3 1/4-length victory.

Newbury. Race 3. 11:00.  Quality mares skipped Cheltenham and aimed at this Grade 2 novice hurdle. This might be in front of fewer fans but it’s a strong test as 17 answer the starter’s bell. Tara View carries a 3-for-3 mark over hurdles.

• Tara View suffered first loss over hurdles, finishing fourth as Snow Leopardess won by 4 lengths from Copper Kay and River Arrow.

Meydan. Race 7. 11:30.  Aidan O’Brien sends out three from the outside – Cougar Mountain, Deauville and Long Island Sound – in $6 million Dubai Turf going 9 furlongs. The Coolmore team will have their hands full with fellow Europeans Zarak for The Aga Khan and Ribchester for Godolphin down on the inside. Perhaps some value on Mutakayyef, third in the Woodbine Mile, and on Arlington Million winner Mondialiste.

• Vivios rallied on the outside to defeat males and helped solidify Japan’s hammerlock on the Dubai Turf. The daughter of Deep Impact won by a half-length Heshem with Ribchester third and Zarak fourth. Japan has won three of the last four editions of the Dubai Turf. 

Newbury. Race 4. 11:35.  The OCSL Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Same concept, skip Cheltenham and come here. Tom Symonds made that move with the promising Don Bersy. Prudency should pay off for the young trainer. 

• Don Bersey led going well two out, got headed and wound up third behind Deauville Crystal (9-1) and Timoteo (14-1).

Thurles. Race 4. 11:55.  Diamond King was sent off favorite but failed to land a blow in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Plate at Cheltenham. He’s back on short rest too. Well, what do you expect? Gordon Elliott has a championship to win, too. Great Fields skipped Cheltenham and looks strong here for Mullins.

• Mullins added another as the move to skip Cheltenham proved worthwhile as Great Field rolled by 32 lengths much the best.

Meydan. Race 8. 12:05.  Highland Reel most likely won’t be able to give the field the slip again like he did in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in this spot, the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic, but don’t count him out. Small but quality field also includes last year’s winner Postponed, Prize Money and Seventh Heaven.

• Highland Reel led early but never looked near as good as he did at Santa Anita, eventually fading to last of seven, while 2015 Irish Derby winner and Epsom Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs posted a professional 2 1/4-length victory under William Buick for trainer John Gosden for Godolphin. Seventh Heaven was second and defending champ Postponed third.

Newbury. Race 6. 12:45.  Graduates of the DBS Spring Stores Sales of 2014-15 are offered a big purse of $61,500. Plenty show as 22 line up for the bumper.

• By post time 20 started and it was Bullionaire who proved best at 11-2 for Harry Fry.

Meydan. Race 9. 12:45.  The headlining Dubai World Cup rarely disappoints and this year’s edition could be another notch in Arrogate’s belt. He’s won the $1.5 million Travers, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and $12 million Pegasus World Cup in succession and now he goes for the $10 million prize. Who could possibly spoil the show for Bob Baffert and Juddmonte? One would think one of the Americans – Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Neolithic or Keen Ice – or perhaps Mubtaahij. But don’t bet against Arrogate.

• The headliner certainly didn’t disappoint and it was Arrogate who stole the show with a thrilling last-to-first victory after missing the break, getting a textbook patient ride from Mike Smith and wearing down a gallant Gun Runner in the lane. Unraced at the time of last year’s Dubai World Cup, Arrogate now sports seven straight victories (he lost his debut April 17 at Los Alamitos) and a bankroll of $17,084,600. That comes out to be more than $2.1 million per start. If you missed it, shame on you, but you’re in luck because we’ve got the replay right here.

Turfway Park. Race 1. 1:10.  Spiral Day used to start with a couple good maiden special weights. The 2017 edition begins with a $5,000 sprint claimer.

• Tough to get overly interested in this one right after Arrogate’s tour-de-force but such is the nature of our game. Super Bowl one game, Pop Warner (or worse) next. Whatthecatdrugin won by 4 lengths to start the card.

Wolverhampton. Race 2. 2:15.  Remember Fantasia? Here’s her son, Jupiter Light, trying to rectify a moderate debut back in September.

• Jupiter Light did just that, winning by a head from Tafaakhor for trainer John Gosden, who about two hours before won the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Aqueduct. Race 3. 2:20.  Sounds Delicious takes jump from allowance to stakes races for $100,000 Cicada. She’s 3-for-3, victories by 1 1/4, 9 and 11 1/4 lengths. Daughter of Yes It’s True is even-money against four others.

• Sounds Delicious scratched and so did Wilburnformoney, leaving a field of three and easy work for Bluegrass Flag. New York-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat earned open-company black-type with 6-length victory for trainer Tom Morley.

Gulfstream Park. Race 5. 2:32.  Tu Exageres shortens back up and adds blinkers for Christophe Clement in 5-furlong turf maiden.

• Tu Exageres earned his diploma but only after Little Chesney veered into him in the lane and was disqualified.

Turfway. Race 7. 4:02.  Here’s one of those maiden races. Eleven entered for 6-furlong heat, including firsters for Wesley Ward in Professor Snape and Mike Maker in Oklahoma View.

• Professor Snape ran well in his debut but hung in the lane and couldn’t get past Ceejay’s Mister, a son of Sidney’s Candy making his sixth start for trainer Ronald Kahles. Oklahoma View showed little as 5-2 second choice – behind Professor Snape – and finished seventh of 10.

Laurel. Race 7. 4:10.  Seymourdini returned from long layoff to finish decent third in two-turn allowance at Parx last time. Son of Bernardini shortens up to one turn and ships back to the Mid-Atlantic for Linda Rice.

• The ship and the shortening worked as Seymourdini blasted the field by 12 1/4 lengths in 1:34.94.

Turfway. Race 8. 4:33.  The $100,000 Rushaway occasionally produces horses to watch down the road – Yankee Victor, Brass Hat, High Cotton – and this year draws field of nine. Mark Casse sends Sailing Home back to the synthetic after fourth in Grade 3 Palm Beach on turf. Royal By Nature makes first start since late October and Joe Sharp tries to get back on track with Cool Arrow.

• Montu bounced back from sixth in John Battaglia Memorial to win at 17-1. Capture The Glory went to the post at 70-1 and completed the $915 exacta. Sailing Home got bumped at the start and checked in sixth at 3-2.

Laurel. Race 8. 4:40.  Tricky Zippy, upset winner of 2015 Union Avenue after barn change, makes another start for new conditioner in 6-furlong allowance. Tom Morley takes controls of 5-year-old City Zip mare, one of two New York-breds in the field along with Flatterywillgetyou.

• Flatterywillgetyou, a finalist for champion New York-bred 3-year-old filly at next month’s NYTB Awards Dinner, bounced back from subpar effort last time to hold off Chilly Start by a nose. Tricky Zippy ran well to be third.

Gulfstream. Race 10. 5:02.  Secretary At War showed improvement in second start for Jimmy Jerkens and son of War Front looks good from the rail in 7 1/2-furlong maiden race on the grass for 3-year-olds.

• Graduation arrived for Secretary At War as he rolled on the front end to 2 1/4-length victory.

Turfway. Race 9. 5:09.  Big group of 3-year-old fillies for Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks, including unbeaten duo of Jenna J and Darkwinsoverdubai, stakes winners China Grove and Delphinia and Grade 1-placed Fun.

• Another big price as Purely A Dream took over on the far turn and cruised a 2-length victory at nearly 13-1 for Ken McPeek. Daughter of Pure Prize broke her maiden on the grass late last October at Keeneland and hadn’t been out since finishing eighth in a 1-mile allowance on the dirt at Churchill. Darkwinsoverdubai fared the best of the unbeaten, finishing third.

Oaklawn Park. Race 7. 5:09.  Decent 6-furlong maiden for 3-year-olds draws pair for the Lieblongs in Main Road and The Big Mo, along with the comebacking Divine Shift for trainer Brad Cox, Providence for Steve Asmussen and first-timer Hard Fought for Donnie Von Hemel.

• Main Road fared the best of the entry and was stubborn on the lead before being run down by Purrfectpersuasion, a gelding by Zensational sent off at 15-1.

Gulfstream. Race 11. 5:32.  Mark Hennig pegs the $75,000 Any Limit as the starting spot for Cursor’s 3-year-old debut. Daughter of Quality Road impressed breaking maiden in October at Belmont and followed it up with close fourth in Grade 3 Tempted.

• Who’s The Lady ran her record to 4-for-4 and collected her first stakes victory, holding off Cursor by three-quarters of a length. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, daughter of Munnings likes the tight finishes with victories by three quarters, a half and twice by a neck.

Turfway. Race 10. 5:55.  Featured Grade 3 Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral – the race formerly known by such names as the Jim Beam, and Latonia Derby – offers a $500,000 purse and basically a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby field with 50 points to the winner. Full field is mix of turf, dirt and synthetic horses, locals and shippers. The winner? Tough call, but we say it’s between Soglio, Convict Pike, Kitten’s Cat, Parlor and Bronson. Yes that’s five of the 12.

• Another swing and a miss as the Hansen colt Fast And Accurate won by three-quarters of a length over Blueridge Traveler at 24-1. The runner-up was 35-1, triggering a $799.80 exacta and $5,639 trifecta with 10-1 Convict Pike third. The best finish by one of the five we mentioned, Kitten’s Cat fourth as the 5-2 favorite.

Gulfstream. Race 12. 6:02.  The Grade 3 Skip Away attracted a field of six, led by Zulu and Team Colors. Zulu finished 11 1/2 lengths behind Dubai-bound Sharp Azteca in Grade 2 Gulfstream Park last time while Team Colors returns to the main track after dead-head second on turf last month. Flashy Jewel, who won a small stakes last time, is on the improve and the pick for Eddie Kenneally.

• Louisiana shipper Fear The Cowboy ran last early before making steady progress and running down Flashy Jewel and Zulu in the stretch. He’s now won three of five at Gulfstream, dating back a few years.

Oaklawn. Race 9. 6:09.  Our Majesty ran about as well as to be expected winning her debut last month. Daughter of Majesticperfection takes step up in $150,000 Purple Martin against Martha Washington winner Chanel’s Legacy, Dixie Belle fourth Vertical Oak and two-time stakes winner Golden Mischief.

• Our Majesty showed she’s the goods again, finishing 1 1/2 lengths clear of Golden Mischief at the finish, but came in at the 9/16ths and paid the price. Stewards disqualified her to fourth behind Golden Mischief, Chanel’s Legacy and Vertical Oak.

Fonner Park. Race 9. 6:22.  Didn’t realize that former major racing sponsor Budweiser was still involving in the game, but here’s the $25,000 Budweiser Tondi. Field of 10 includes three who were 1-2-3 in allowance prep – Born Force, Eton Ridge and Never Hide.

• The winner came out of that allowance prep but it was the ninth-place finisher – World Famous Sam T – who upset the nine others with a quick start and by holding off Eton Ridge at the finish.

Santa Anita Park. Race 7. 6:30.  Bob Baffert, thousands of miles away in Dubai, sends out first-time starters Zap Again and Lookie Loo in 5 1/2-furlong maiden on the main track for 3-year-olds. The former, a Maryland-bred son of Ghostzapper out of Grade 3-placed Malibu Moon mare, cost $410,000 at Keeneland September in 2015.

• Baffert’s duo ran well in their debuts – Zap Again second and Lookie Loo third – as What’sontheagenda did it all on the lead for trainer Doug O’Neill to win as the 2-1 favorite.

Turfway. Race 11. 6:31.  The Ramseys should win this 1-mile maiden, with either Kitten’s Solution of Knight’s Dream.

• The bombs kept falling as Ingadore, a distant second in his debut in mid-December, won at 22-1.

Gulfstream. Race 13. 6:32.  Half of the 12 are first-timers, all from high-profile barns, in 7 1/2-furlong turf maiden. Give the edge to Lovin Empire among that group, but they all might be chasing Game Factor.

• No luck for the firsters as Juno Moon, daughter of Malibu Moon trained by Bill Mott, made successful return to the grass to defeat second-time starter Game Factor. Lovin Empire didn’t do much and finished eighth.

Oaklawn. Race 10. 6:37.  Two-turn maiden for 3-year-olds to close the card. Seinfeld fans will be on board Vandelay again – he’s been favored in last three starts and managed a third and two seconds.

• Tapsolute stole favorite honors from Vandelay but neither factored while Grandpa’s Dream scored at 21-1 for trainer Wayne Scherr.

Turfway. Race 12. 7:04.  Oh So Terrible hasn’t been that in her four starts but she is winless. Daughter of Cape Blanco finds easier spot to graduate.

• Oh So Terrible scratched while the Discreet Cat first-time starter Kiwi Cat won at 10-1 with 24-1 fellow firster Appealing Way finished second.

Santa Anita. Race 9. 7:30.  Older horses go long on the grass in Grade 2 San Luis Rey. Ashleyluvssugar won it in 2015 and owns five wins on the course. He’s back for another go while 11 others take their shots. Inordinate, the pacemaker for Flintshire in last year’s Sword Dancer, showed he might be capable of a bit more in first start for Richard Baltas last time and returns to stakes company for new connections.

• Jeff Mullins picked up just his second graded stakes victory since 2013 as Itsinthepost stalked and pounced at the top of the lane en route to a 1-length victory over longshot Syntax. Ashleyluvssugar led early and faded to third in his comeback. He’ll be back.