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Master of Hounds

Mike de Kock trained Master of Hounds wins the 10 March Jebel Hatta (Gr1)
(Photo : The National)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)
Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m
31 March 2012

Mike de Kock-trained Master Of Hounds drew pole position of the 14 runners in the ballot for barrier positions for the world’s richest race, the $10-million Dubai World Cup, over 2000m on the synthetic track at Meydan on Saturday.

It is an ideal draw for Master Of Hounds, who was caught late in the UAE Derby at last year’s Dubai World Cup meeting when trained by Irishman Aidan O’Brien. Master Of Hounds led virtually throughout on the turf on Super Saturday at Meydan recently in his dress-rehearsal for the big night.

The connections of the horses did the draws for their runners at a function on Wednesday and Yousuf Al Sayegh, racing manager for owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, said: “There was only gates 1 or 14 left (when our name was pulled) and we preferred to be inside.”

Not so fortunate in the draw was fancied USA challenger Game On Dude, whose trainer Bob Baffert suffered a heart attack in Dubai earlier this week. Game On Dude, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year, was the last horse out the hat and the only remaining starting gate berth was No 14, the outside draw in the field. But his connections were far from dismayed.

Owner Bernie Schiappa said: “Perfect position. Lanni (part-owner of Game On Dude who passed away last year) was born on 14 March, so 14 is a special number for us. It’s perfect. The outside is fine with me. I can’t repeat what Bob said on the phone.” (Baffert is recovering rapidly in a Dubai hospital.)

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride Game On Dude, added: “It’s fine. Whatever happens, I’ll deal with it. He has a tendency to sometimes break slow and if he was to do that, it could put us in a bit of a predicament on the rail, so on the outside we have more options.”

Sutherland will become the first woman to ride in the Dubai World Cup when she partners Game On Dude in Saturday’s contest. Another USA challenger Royal Delta, who many pundits are tipping to win, got the ideal draw in No 7 stall. Her trainer Bill Mott said: “It’s the middle of the field. She’ll get a good look at the field from there and number seven has been our lucky number. We’d love for her to win. The reason we’re really here is to see if we can win. I can’t predict the outcome but she is doing really well - well enough to win a race like this.”

Royal Delta has all the credentials to become the first female runner to win the World Cup. She packs loads of ability and has won on both dirt and synthetic surfaces.

Comments from the connections of the other runners about the barrier draws:

Eishen Flash (Post 2) - trainer Hideaki Fujiwara said: “Actually I wanted to take the middle part of the gate, but those posts were all taken. I decided at the stage between the 2 and 9, and took 2. This horse showed good performance from the inside at home, so it’s okay.”

Zazou (Post 3) - owner Werner Heinz said: “I would have preferred to be more in the middle, but those places were taken. I think No 3 is very good. I think you’re better off inside than outside.”

So You Think (Post 4) - Keith Dalton, representing trainer Aiden O’Brien, said: “I was on the phone to Aidan and he chose the fourth position, so I guess we’re happy.”

Smart Falcon (Post 5) - trainer Ken Kozaki said: “It is an ideal draw. It is not too inside. It was what we wanted to draw.”

Planteur (Post 6) - owner Ahmad Al Falasi said: “We wanted somewhere between 4 and 7 so I was happy that 6 was available.”

Monterosso (Post 8) - Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford said: “We talked to all of our jockeys in the race and they felt from stall 8 outward is the place to be. It can get very tight on the inside, especially if the pace is slow. If you miss the kick, you’re likely to be in trouble. The pace looks likely to come from Game On Dude in stall 14, which has panned out well for us. Monterosso can sit handy, he finishes his races well.”

Silver Pond (Post 9) - trainer Doug Watson said: “The gate is good. He can push on from there and hopefully travel around midfield. He doesn’t have the greatest turn of foot, so the idea will be to be just behind the pace and kick off the turn.”

Transcend (Post 10) - owner Koji Maeda said: “No 10 is what I wanted to draw because we can watch the other runners inside of us.”

Capponi (Post 11) - Crisford said: “Being on the outside is preferable to being on the rail. Capponi just needs a handy position to be out of trouble and to have a clear run. He likes to start building on it from the home bend and he should have his chance to do that from his draw. The question remains whether he is good enough but (jockey) Ahmed Ajtebi has built up a good rapport with the horse, who fully deserves his chance.”

Prince Bishop (Post 12) and Mendip (Post 13) - trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “I spoke to Frankie Dettori before the draw and he said he would prefer between (stalls) 8 and 12 for Prince Bishop and we’ve drawn 12, so I’m happy with that. I wanted him to be relaxed and happy, so I think being out wide is best for him. Mendip would also be best being out wide and I’m happy with his position.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing




video of drosselmeyer winning the 2010 belmont stakes at belmont park

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Drosselmeyer winning the 142nd Belmont Stakes (Gr1)
(Photo : NY Daily News - Footage : Belmont Park)

Belmont Park, 5 June 2010

When Drosselmeyer (Distorted Humor) gave his late surge to post a 13-1 upset over Fly Down (Mineshaft) and First Dude (Stephen Got Even) in yesterday’s third leg of the US Triple Crown, The Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, a number of milestones were achieved.

WinStar Farm became the first owner to win two legs of the Triple Crown with different runners since Overbrook Farm accomplished the feat in 1996 with Grindstone and Editor’s Note. Hall of Famer Bill Mott notched his first winner of a Triple Crown race, and fellow Hall of Fame member Mike Smith, who teamed up with Mott earlier on the card to land the Just a Game Stakes (G1) with Proviso, rounded out a Triple Crown career following scores in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1) and 1993 Preakness Stakes (G1).

“People don’t know it, but this is the second Belmont winner I’ve saddled,” Bill Mott quipped. “I saddled Victory Gallop (in the 1998 Belmont) for Elliot (Walden, vice president and racing manager of WinStar Farm) when he had a broken leg.” Mike Smith, who called the New York circuit home for much of his career, added, “It was a great trip. It was all about getting into the rhythm and we did it. It worked out. It was incredible. It’s great to come home.”

Drosselmeyer began his career on the grass, finishing third by 3/4 of a length at Saratoga on 16 August, then ran second at even-money to Exhi (Maria’s Mon) on Belmont’s sod on 20 September. Beaten a head on Keeneland’s Polytrack 24 October, the coppery chestnut broke through with six-length triumph in an off-the-turfer at Churchill on 18 November.

Drosselmeyer kicked off his 2010 campaign with a sharp allowance tally at Gulfstream on 31 January and looked like he’d be a major player on the Triple Crown trail, but it took a while for him to fulfill that promise. Fourth as the favorite in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds on 20 February, he finished third by a length in the Louisiana Derby (G2) over the same track on 27 March, which meant he did not amass the requisite earnings to contest the Kentucky Derby (G1).

WinStar secured the roses with Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) on 1 May and, a week later, Drosselmeyer re-surfaced with a no-excuse second to Fly Down in the Dwyer Stakes (G2) around this sweeping oval. Kent Desormeaux had been the colt’s pilot since the Churchill maiden win, but found himself replaced by Mike Smith.

Drosselmeyer, who had been training with bar shoes in front, went postward at 13-1 in the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes. When the gates opened, First Dude cleared the field from post 11 and settled into an easy tempo, with Drosselmeyer sitting about five lengths back and in the clear on the outside. The imposing First Dude slowed it down up front with his splits of 0:24.15, 0:49.19 and 1:14.94, and hit the half-mile pole in 1:40.25. Smith asked his mount to edged a bit closer heading into the far turn and the pair began a steady advance, ranging up to challenge First Dude in front of the grandstand. The big colt dug in inside, but Drosselmeyer had the momentum. Fly Down launched a late run on the outside to nip First Dude for second. “It was Elliot (Walden)’s idea to go to the Dwyer. We thought about wheeling back into either the Arkansas Derby or Blue Grass, but we just said we should stick with our original plan. I got a little nervous when he ran in the Dwyer and looked like he needed some racing, but it turned out to be a good plan.”


# Horse Jockey Trainer
1 DROSSELMEYER Mike Smith Bill Mott
2 FLY DOWN John Velazquez Nick Zito
3 FIRST DUDE Ramon Dominguez Dale Romans
4 GAME ON DUDE Martin Garcia Bob baffert
5 STAY PUT Jamie Theriot Steve Margolis
6 INTERACTIF Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher
7 STATELY VICTOR Alan Garcia Mike Maker
8 ICE BOX Jose Lezcano Nick Zito
9 MAKE MUSIC FOR ME Joel Rosario Alexis Barba
10 DAVE IN DIXIE Calvin Borel John Sadler
11 SPANGLED STAR Garret Gomez Richard Dutro Jr
12 UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN Rajiv Maragh Kiaran McLaughlan

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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