From Desert to Desert
After finishing second in the 2017 Dubai World Cup with Gun Runner, Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds are back with Reride in the UAE Derby.
Like Gun Runner, Reride is a son of Candy Ride and makes up for his smaller stature with formidable grit. He made his mark in the Mine That Bird Derby in Sunland Park, defeating today's Sunland Derby winner Runaway Ghost with a second effort and earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.
The Mine That Bird Derby was Reride's second stakes win in a row at an off-the-beaten-path track, having also taken the Jan. 13 Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs five weeks prior. Now, off another five-week break, from one desert to another, he'll run about another 200 meters.
“We just thought that there was an undiscovered road to the Derby that runs Delta-Sunland-Meydan,” joked David Fiske, racing manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds. “Reride, to this point, has shown himself to be reliable, undeterred by distance and able to ship. We thought his running style would suit the UAE Derby, and the purse is very attractive. Mr. Asmussen has demonstrated he can successfully take a horse to Dubai.”
Asmussen also trained 2008 Dubai World Cup winner Curlin.
The UAE Derby offers 170 qualification points for the Kentucky Derby with 100 to the winner.
In other UAE Derby news, Al Bastakiya winner Yulong Warrior has been reclaimed via purchase by Zhang Yue Sheng and will run under his Yulong banner. He remains a Satish Seemar trainee.
UAE Derby probables are Gold Town, Mendelssohn, Rayya, Reride, Ruggero, Seahenge, Threeandfourpence, Taiki Ferveur and Yulong Warrior
Edited Emirates Racing release