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Betting On $10 Million Dubai World Cup, $1 Million Derby Preps Offered At Golden Gate Fields
Advance wagering on the $10 million Dubai World Cup and the simulcast of two
$1 million Kentucky Derby preps, the Louisiana Derby and the Florida Derby, will be offered at Golden Gate Fields Friday and Saturday.
The $27 million Dubai World Cup card, the richest racing program in the world, will be run Saturday at Meydan Race Course in Dubai. Golden Gate Fields will take bets Friday on the following races: $1 million Godolphin Mile, $1 million Dubai Gold Cup, $2 million UAE Derby, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen,
$5 million Dubai Duty Free, $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Golden Gate Fields opens grandstand and club house gates at 10 a.m. and fans that arrive early Saturday will be able to watch the final two World Cup races, the Sheema Classic (post time is 10:20 a.m.) and World Cup (11:05 a.m.), live.
Dice Flavor, winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16, is among the 12 entrants in the UAE Derby. Jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., who guided Dice Flavor to his El Camino Real Derby score, is making the trip to Dubai to handle the Southern California-based colt for trainer Paddy Gallagher.
Golden Gate Fields-based Nina’s Dragon, who ran second to Dice Flavor in the El Camino Real Derby, is one of the 14 entrants in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans. Nina’s Dragon, trained by Lloyd Mason, will break from the outside post under jockey Julien Couton and is 30-1 on the morning line.
Revolutionary, who is coming off a win in the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, is the lukewarm 3-1 favorite.
The $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park will also be run Saturday. The feature attracted a field of 10, including Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby, the one-two finishers in the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 26. Itsmyluckyday is the 2-1 morning line favorite, Shanghai Bobby is the 5-2 second choice, and Orb, the Fountain of Youth Stakes winner, is the third choice at 3-1.
Golden Gate Fields will present live racing cards Thursday through Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
Easter Sunday is Family Day at Golden Gate Fields. General parking and general admission are just $1 each and the track will have many free activities for kids, including bounce houses and obstacle courses. Hot dogs, sodas and beers are also just a buck each Sunday.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.