Discreet Cat goes for a spin in Dubai against the backdrop of buildings constructed by exploited migrant workers. Thanks to reader Alex for bringing us the news via Bloodhorse.com that Godolphin's Simon Crisford indicated that the colt is indeed being aimed for the World Cup and a showdown with Invasor. Here's the statement from Godolphin's website:
Godolphin's Racing Manager Simon Crisford said that the unbeaten colt is currently being trained for the Emirates-sponsored Dubai World Cup, the world's most valuable race. However, all options are open because Discreet Cat also holds entries in the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen over 6 furlongs and the Group Two Godolphin Mile.I still think that's a big 'however,' and I'll stick to my opinion that they'll ultimately opt for one of those other options. On one hand, I hope I'm wrong. On the other, given the difficulty we've seen some - certainly not all - World Cup participants have had bouncing back, I wouldn't want such an early season encounter to jeopardize the proceedings at Monmouth in October.
- Here's an interesting note regarding opening weekend at Oaklawn:
The corned beef and sunshine were about the only favorites to be found this past weekend as 15 of the 27 races produced winners that paid double figures, with seven paying more than $30. The two stakes races were both won by longshots. [BRIS]- The 'other' Cat, our own Highland Cat, breezed a half mile in 50 seconds this morning in preparation for his much-anticipated return, scheduled for Sunday.