- World Cup Abuzz Over Invasor-Discreet Cat Clash reads the headline on Bloodhorse.com, but personally, I'd be rather surprised if the two really do meet on March 31 in the Kingdom of Dubai.
Invasor, or, as I prefer, EEN-VA-SOR! is certainly being pointed for the race after his scheduled season debut in the Donn. But, according to Alan Shuback in the Form, Discreet Cat is also nominated to the Godolphin Mile and the six-furlong Dubai Golden Shaheen. Given the way they've campaigned this horse, I just can't see them running him at a mile and a quarter in March, especially against Invasor at this point, his decisive win over that one in last year's UAE Derby notwithstanding.
- Sweetnorthernsaint is screwed after drawing the 12 post in the Sunshine Millions Classic.
None of the six horses at Gulfstream who broke from post 12 going 1 1/8 miles in 2006 and 2007 finished better than third. In fact, only one horse from 29 starters has won a race from beyond post 9 during that same period. [Daily Racing Form]Lava Man also drew poorly in the...and let's get this exactly right...the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Stakes (formerly the Millions Turf), drawing the 11 hole. But he'll have the entire length of the stretch to establish position before the first turn. Besides, there ain't much in the race that Lava Man shouldn't be able to handle.
- Liquor Cabinet got a 112 for his facile win in the Aqueduct Handicap while racing with an aluminum pad. He's headed to the Fairgrounds for the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap on March 10.