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UAE Derby Track Notes - Tuesday

3/21/2017

Notes are for eight of the 16 declarants for Saturday's $2 milliion UAE Derby at about 1 3/16 mile.

The field is initiated by invitation only. Sixteen were entered, which is the maximum field in Dubai at this distance. Final declarations were made on Monday. Entries are taken at no charge, but final declarations cost $20,000 each.

The UAE Derby will be race 4 on the Dubai World Cup day card with a local post time of 17:25. Dubai is eight time zones ahead of Eastern Daylight Savings Time, so post time for the race in this country should be 9:25 a.m. EDT.

ADIRATO (JPN) - Worked a brief lap and a half over the dirt course. Assistant trainer Shingo Nomiyama said: It was a good easy canter. We didn't want to overdo it before his main work tomorrow, but we traced the same course he will run during the race."

BEE JERSEY (USA) / COSMO CHARLIE (USA) – Trainer Doug Watson said: “The draw, in 15, was not kind for Cosmo Charlie which was very disappointing. Bee Jersey is in seven which is better but, overall, the draw has done us no favours.”

EPICHARIS (JPN) - The colt stretched his legs, cantering one lap around the dirt course. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: "After a brief maintenance gallop we schooled him in the paddock. He is moving quite nicely."

HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) - Trainer Ricardo Colombo said: “He came out early this morning and everything is going well. He only did a slow canter, very slow.”

MASTER PLAN (USA) - Bradley Weisbord, US advisor to co-owner Al Shaqab Racing, was on hand for the 2200 meter gallop on the main track and laughingly referred to the entry of the promising colt as “a crazy decision. It would be great to get Al Shaqab’s first Dubai World Cup night win - that would be special. It all made sense in the end, and the purse is a very interesting piece of the puzzle.” Weisbord said a strong performance in the 1900 meter race could indicate Master Plan might be a good candidate for the 2400 meter Belmont Stakes. It might also make him eligible for the Kentucky Derby.

QATAR MAN (IRE) – Trainer Marco Botti’s wife Lucie is looking forward to Saturday’s race. The 3-year-old was out on the main track at 5.15 a.m., and afterwards she said: “He just had a little stretch around the track and was very relaxed, which is just what you want to see.  All is good with him. He’s drawn in 1, which is a very good draw, and he is next to the American horse (Master Plan), so should be able to follow the speed. Hopefully he can do the same as he did in his last run.”

VETTORI KIN (BRZ) – The Brazilian Group 1 winner appeared on the dirt track for another morning of light exercise around 7 a.m.


Edited track notes with additional content by Dick Downey
 

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