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Fourteen Probable for U.A.E. Derby


By Dick Downey
Updated March 19, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m. ET

Fourteen horses are considered probable for the $2 million Group 2 U.A.E. Derby on March 31.

A release from Dubai Racing Club named the multi-national group. Of the 14, six are nominated to the Triple Crown:

--Daddy Long Legs (KY), based in Ireland and trained by Aidan O'Brien;

--Genten (KY), Japan, Yoshito Yahagi;

--Lucky Chappy (IRE), United States, Graham Motion;

--Red Duke (KY), Great Britain, John Quinn;

--Wrote (IRE), Ireland, Aidan O'Brien; and

--Yang Tse Kiang (FR), France, Richard Chotard.

Five of the projected starters, Burano (IRE), Entifaadha (GB), Falls of Lora (IRE), Kinglet (KY) and Mickdaam (IRE), weren't early-nominated to the Triple Crown.

Balada Sale (ARG), Boby Di (BRZ) and Helmet (AUS) are ineligible for the Kentucky Derby. Southern Hemisphere-breds considered 3-year-olds in the U.A.E., are 4-year-olds under North American racing rules.

Only three of the six Triple Crown nominees have raced this year: Genten, Lucky Chappy and Yang Tse Kiang.

Daddy Long Legs was last seen finishing twelfth of 13 in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Red Duke finished eighth of nine in the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 8.

Wrote won the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 5.

In 2012, Genten has made two starts, both on the dirt. He won on Jan 5, and on Feb. 18, he stretched out to a mile in the Hyacinth  Stakes in Japan. Coming from far off the pace after breaking from post 15, Genten finished second by a half-length to Darley's Fleet Street.  This race was reportedly Sheik  Mohammed's first official win as an owner in Japan. The Hyacinth is not a graded race but is still an important race -- horses must qualify with earnings to be eligible.

Lucky Chappy was beaten a nose by Daddy Nose Best in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 18.

On March 6, Yang Tse Kiang won a race called the Prix Du Lieutenant on Polytrack at Chantilly -- only four ran in the 9 1/2-furlong affair. He was second in the Group 3 Prix De Conde at Longchamp on Oct. 16.

Wrote has punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby -- if connections so desire. He sits atop all foreign-based runners nominated to the Triple Crown with $556,630 in graded stakes earnings.

Wrote's stable mate, Daddy Long Legs, has $94,030 in graded earnings and ranks number 29 on the list maintained by Churchill Downs. Genten, the Japanese-based horse, has $123,826, and is ranked number 21. Red Duke has  $90,823 (30), and Yang Tse Kiang has $22,211 (63).


# Horse Home Country Trainer
1 Balada Sale (ARG) France Pascal Bary
2 Boby Di (BRZ) South Africa Mike de Kock
3 Burano (IRE) Great Britain Brian Meehan
4 Daddy Long Legs (KY) Ireland Aidan O'Brien
5 Entifaadha (GB) Great Britain William Haggas
6 Falls of Lora (IRE) U.A.E. Mahmood Al Zarooni
7 Genten (KY) Japan Yoshito Yahagi
8 Helmet (AUS) Australia Peter Snowden
9 Kinglet (KY) U.A.E. Mahmood Al Zarooni
10 Lucky Chappy (IRE) United States Graham Motion
11 Mickdaam (IRE) South Africa Mike de Kock
12 Red Duke (KY) Great Britain John Quinn
13 Wrote (IRE) Ireland Aidan O'Brien
14 Yang Tse Kiang (FR) France Richard Chotard



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