Another day of gallops for United States horses
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - All three United States based horses entered in Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup galloped Friday morning over the all-weather Meydan Racetrack in preparation for the 1 1/4- mile race.
Animal Kingdom, the 5-1 third pick, had a second gallop of approximately 1 3/4 miles with assistant trainer and exercise rider Alice Clapham in the saddle.
"He was on his toes again today. I couldn't be happier with him," said trainer Graham Motion.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, owned by Team Valor, will break from post 12 with Joel Rosario in the saddle. The 5-year-old was second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.
Dullahan, 6-1 in the early line, took another 1 1/2-mile gallop with assistant trainer and exercise rider Tammy Fox in the saddle. The 4-year-old drew post 3 in the 13-horse field.
"I'm very pleased with him. He's peaking at the right time," said Fox.
Trained by Dale Romans, Dullahan will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Winner of last year's Pacific Classic, the colt was 11th in a race at Meydan on March 9.
Champion mare Royal Delta, trained by Bill Mott, galloped 1 3/8 miles on the synthetic surface before being schooled at the starting gate.
"We're pleased. Everything has gone very smoothly with her here," noted Mott.
Owned by Besilu Stables, Royal Delta will be making her second start in the World Cup after finishing ninth last year. Rated as the 4-1 second pick, the 5-year-old will start from post 8 with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
The Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world, has a post-time of 2:05 p.m. (ET).
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