Thursday, March 23
$30,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP DAY THIS SATURDAY
SHRP GATES OPEN 6:30 AM
FIRST RACE AT 6:45 AM
$2 BREAKFAST SPECIAL 7:00AM TO 9:30AM
The $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup (G1) from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai headlines the richest card in the horse racing world. And the headline horse in this race is Arrogate trained by Bob Baffert with Mike Smith as the jockey.
Arrogate has only 6 lifetime races and 3 stakes races under his belt. Those 3 stakes races are the 2016 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland, and most recently, the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream. Rarely has a horse become so dominant in such a short time.
Other American horses in the 14 horse field include Gun Runner, Keen Ice and Hoppertunity. Click here for an analysis of the entire filed from Brian Zipse of www.horseracinigingnation.com. The Dubai World Cup is race 9 at 11:45AM Texas time.
The “Undercard” consists of a single Grade 2 race and 7 Grade 1 races including the $6,000,000 Dubai Turf, the $6,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen, and the $2,000,000 UAE Derby which is a Road to the Kentucky Derby Race. Click here for the complete race card.
There is win, place, exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering on each race (except no superfecta in Race 9). There are also a rolling double and a rolling pick 3 plus a single pick 4 (races 6-9) and a pick 6 (races 4-9).
Free Dubai programs will be available starting Friday afternoon at the north program stand and at the players’ lounge desk.
OTHER ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY RACES
The Road to the Kentucky Derby also makes two stops this weekend in the USA. The $500,000 Spiral Stakes is at Turfway Park in Kentucky on Saturday while the $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park goes on Sunday. The Sunland Derby has produced one Kentucky Derby winner in its history. Click here to watch Mine that Bird winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby in a shocker at 50-1.
JAPAN RACING RETURNS SATURDAY NIGHT
We start the day at 6:30AM with racing from Dubai and we finish at about 1:30AM with Japan Racing from Chukyo Racecourse
First post is 8:05PM for those who don’t want to stay until the last race at 1:30AM :) :) Special recognition to anyone who is at SHRP for the first race from Dubai and the last race from Japan.
And if Dubai and Japan are not enough action for those who like international racing, we also will have New Zealand Racing at 5:00PM and Australian Racing at 9:00PM.
LARGEST CURRENT JACKPOT CARRYOVERS
$937,826 --- Rainbow Pick Jackpot 6 at Gulfstream
$346,241 --- Pick 6 Jackpot at Santa Anita
$216,544 --- Pick 5 at the Fair Grounds
$1,000,000 Florida Derby (G1) from Gulfstream --- Sat. April 1
$1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) from the Fair Grounds --- Sat. April 1
Opening Day at Keeneland --- Fri. Apr. 7
$1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) --- Sat. April 8
$750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) from Aqueduct --- Sat. April 8
$1,000,000 Apple Blossom Handicap from Oaklawn --- Fri. April 14
$1,000,000 Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn --- Sat. April 15
SHRP QUARTER HORSE MEET
SHRP’s Thoroughbred Meeting has ended, but our Quarter Horse Meet starts Friday, March 31. Racing will continue every Friday (7PM), Saturday (6:10PM) and Monday (12:05PM) through May 22. (Special 1:00PM post on Kentucky Derby and Preakness Days.)
Opening night on March 31 features the $20,000 Harris County Stakes and the $20,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes. In addition to the stakes races, we will be running trials for the AQHA Texas Distance Challenge, Merial Texas Distaff Challenge and the Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship. With 50 cent beer and a Pat Greene post- race concert, it will be a super fun opening night.
THIS WEEKEND’S SIMULCAST STAKES RACES
*** Denotes Road to the Kentucky Derby Race
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
FRIDAY, MARCH 24
$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
DUBAI WORLD CUP DAY --- MEYDAN RACECOURSE
$1,000,000 Godolphin Mile (G1)
$1,000,000 Kahayla Classic (G1 Arabian)
$1,000,000 Dubai Gold Cup (G1)
$2,000,000 UAE Derby (G2) ***
$1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint (G1)
$2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1)
$6.000,000 Dubai Turf (G1)
$6,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)
10,000,000 Dubai World Cup (G1)
$100,000 Cicada Stakes
$100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3)
JAPAN RACING (Chukyo Racecourse)
$1,900,000 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1)
$150,000 Purple Martin Stakes
$200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (G2)
$500,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4
$500,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) ***
$100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3)
SUNDAY, MARCH 26
$100,00 Dream of Summer Stakes
$800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) ***
$250,000 Sunland Park Oaks
$100,000 Harry W. Henson Handicap
$100,000 La Coneja Stakes
$100,000 New Mexico Breeders' Oaks
$100,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby
$100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes