California Chrome has landed safely in Dubai and is the betting favorite for the world’s richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), which will be contested on Saturday night at Meydan Racecourse.
The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Sportsbook was elected Horse of the Year and leads a strong group of U.S. based runners that are making the trip to Dubai this year. Just three traveled to Dubai last year in the racetrack's finale with a synthetic surface known as Tapeta, but 16 are making the trip this year.
The Tapeta has been replaced with conventional dirt, and the U.S. based runners figure to be tough in the dirt races, and could be heard from in the turf races as well.
California Chrome made his 2015 debut in the San Antonio Invitational (G2) at Santa Anta where he ran second behind Shared Belief. The Art Sherman trainee is listed at betting odds at Sportsbook of 5/4 for the Dubai World Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who won the 1996 running of the race with Cigar, is back with Lea, who is at betting odds of 10/3. The son of First Samurai ran second in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park in his last outing.
The defending champion of the Dubai World Cup is African Story, who is back this year and is at odds of 6/1 at Sportsbook.
Main Sequence, the 2014 Eclipse Award Sportsbook for top turf male is listed at betting odds of 9/2 in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1). The Graham Motion trainee has won five races in a row and won four Grade 1 races last year.
Mubtaahij and Golden Barows share Sportsbookting honors for the $2 million UAE Derby (G2) which is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series of races.
U.S. based horses will be tough in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), a dirt sprint. Secret Circle, Sportsbook of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and the runner up in last year’s edition, is the 3/1 betting favorite at Sportsbook.
The Dubai World Cup will be televised on Fox Sports 1 as part of the Jockey Club Tour on Fox series. The show will air from 12:30 to 1:30 ET.
Complete betting odds for Dubai World Cup Night at Sportsbook as of March 24 . . .
2015 Dubai World Cup California Chrome 5/4 Lea 10/3 Epiphaneia 11/2 African Story 6/1 Prince Bishop 10/1 Candy Boy 10/1 Hokko Tarumae 11/1 Side Glance 25/1 Long River 33/1
Dubai Sheema Classic Designs On Rome 15/4 Harp Star 5/2 Flintshire 7/2 Main Sequence 9/2 Dolniya 6/1 One And Only 10/1 Sheikhzayedroad 12/1 Just The Judge 20/1 True Story 20/1
UAE Derby Mubtaahij 5/2 Golden Barows 5/2 Maftool 10/3 Sir Fever 5/1 Dear Domus 14/1 Tap That 14/1 Alnajim Alfaiz 16/1 Faithful Creek 16/1 My Johnny Be Good 20/1 Motaa 25/1
Dubai Duty Free Stakes Solow 5/2 The Grey Gatsby 3/1 Mshawish 6/1 Cladocera 6/1 Farraaj 7/1 Euro Charline 17/2 Trade Storm 10/1 Earnshaw 14/1 Umgiyo 16/1 Limario 25/1
Dubai Golden Shaheen Secret Circle 3/1 Rich Tapestry 9/2 Salutos Amigos 5/1 Lucky Nine 15/2 Cool Cowboy 14/1 Shaishee 14/1 Muarrab 14/1 Krypton Factor 16/1 Super Jockey 16/1 Big Macher 16/1 Montiridge 16/1 El Padrino 20/1 Speed Hawk 20/1 United Color 20/1
Godolphin Mile Tamarkuz 7/5 Frankyfourfingers 17/2 Sloane Avenue 10/1 Surfer 10/1 Bradester 14/1 Gold City 14/1 Prayer For Relief 14/1 Graphic 15/1 Nolohay 16/1 Layl 16/1 Dark Emerald 18/1 Haatheq 22/1 Pylon 25/1 Forjatt 28/1 Quadrivium 30/1 Free Wheeling 40/1
Al Quoz Sprint Peniaphobia 5/1 Bundle Of Joy 13/2 Sole Power 13/2 Amber Sky 13/2 Ahtoug 7/1 Via Africa 10/1 Sir Maximilian 15/1 Farmah 15/1 Hototo 16/1 Mirza 16/1 Caspar Netscher 18/1 Stepper Point 16/1 Caspian Prince 20/1 Lancelot Du Lac 22/1 Green Mask 22/1 Distinctiv Passion 28/1
Dubai Gold Cup Brown Panther 15/4 Bathyrhon 6/1 Ahzeemah 7/1 Marzocco 8/1 Almoonqith 7/1 Meandre 10/1 Dubday 14/1 Brass Ring 14/1 Havana Beat 14/1 Rio Tigre 10/1 Star Empire 14/1 Dormello 25/1 Mushreq 25/1 Cooptado 25/1 Vaasa 33/1