DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Arrogate began the Dubai World Cup from the ninth gate final 12 months and received.
West Coast has drawn the ninth gate this 12 months and is the race favourite.
Bob Baffert has a shot at turning into solely the second coach to win the $10 million horse race in successive years on Saturday.
The four-year-old West Coast, ranked the No. three racing thoroughbred on the earth, received the Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs final 12 months, however involves Dubai having completed second to Gun Runner — the No. 1-ranked racehorse who was overwhelmed by Arrogate final 12 months — within the Breeders’ Cup Basic and Pegasus World Cup in his final two begins.
In 10 profession begins, West Coast has by no means been out of the primary three, and received six of them.
West Coast, to be ridden by Javier Castellano, has drawn the second widest publish.
Baffert’s different entry, Mubtaahij, is on the fifth publish within the 10-horse race over 2,000 meters on filth. Mubtaahij was second to California Chrome within the 2016 Dubai World Cup.
“I don’t think there’s a really bad post when you’re going a mile and a quarter,” the American coach stated. “The one factor I fear about is the break. The horse is extra vital than the publish, so I am high quality with it.
“West Coast likes a delicate, sandy observe. He seems actually good and powerful, and it is pleasing that he hasn’t misplaced a pound since he arrived right here.
“Actually both horses are pretty happy. You can tell if they’re on point when you take them out in the morning. You can tell by the look on their faces and in their eyes if they’re happy.”
American horses have received the Dubai World Cup 11 occasions in its 22 years. Baffert has three of these wins, after scoring additionally with Silver Appeal (1998) and Captain Steve (2001).
Solely seven-time winner Saeed Bin Suroor, the coach of dwelling steady Godolphin, has tasted success in successive years.
Godolphin has received the race eight occasions general, and its hopes this 12 months are on Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic, and the Bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow.
Talismanic, educated by Andre Fabre, is taken into account a rival who may problem West Coast, together with North America, educated by the United Arab Emirates-based Satish Seemar.
The Dubai World Cup contains a nine-race card providing $30 million throughout six Group 1 and three Group 2 races on turf and filth.