Horse Racing

Elite Power, Gunite Face 2022 Winner in Riyadh Sprint

Time may be running out in the second month of the year but on February 25, the best land sprint 2023 will produce will take place against the backdrop of the deserts of Saudi Arabia.

With a whopping $1.5 million as bait, the Riyadh Dirt Sprint (G3) on Saturday attracted, among others, the winner of the 2022 edition by a margin of 5 3/4, the defending US sprint champion and 4-year-old has the potential to be a top contender for the 2023 Eclipse Awards.

“It’s a good area but we’re going to try,” said Bill Mott, Juddmonte’s coach. elite power , Men’s sprinter who won the 2022 Eclipse Award after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) in the fall.

The field for the Dirt Sprint (11:45 a.m. ET) also includes a 1st place winner firearms of the United States and Japan dancing prince2022 winner of the 1,200 meter (about six feathers) rich stake at King Abdulaziz Racecourse, that is, son of Juddmonte make for curly will need to be razor sharp against a series of eight international opponents in his first race since the November 5 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in Keeneland.

“I like to think you have confidence in transporting a horse there,” says Mott. “A big part of running in a race like this is the transport. He came through very well. (Assistant trainer and exercise equestrian) Neil Poznansky went with him, and the horse had a great hit after he got there.It took about 23 hours to get there from stall to stall, but that’s not much different from taking a van from Florida to New York. There’s a different time zone and climate, but Neil says it’s cool at night.”

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The 5-year-old Elite Power, who won five of eight starts and raked in $1.4 million, entered Saturday’s race with five straight wins, edging out a one-quarter victory in the race. Breeders’ Cup. The champion sprinter was bred by Alpha Delta Stables in Kentucky and purchased for $900,000 from Lane’s End consignment at Keeneland’s September Annual Sale.

Purebred Winchell’s Gunite, a purebred 4-year-old son of gunman won a ticket to the Middle East after winning the six-feather King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park by four lengths in 1:08.89 on a sloppy track, sealed on January 28.

“We were very excited about the run (Saturday) and pleased with the way he ran (in King Cotton), said David Fiske, race manager for the Thoroughbred Winchell. “He hasn’t sprinted six miles in a while but he’s run very fast, and that allowed us to make the decision to run over there.”

Gunite’s only other six-distance race is on June 26, 2021, first win at Churchill Downs. He excelled at seven stretches, winning Hopeful Stakes (G1) at age 2 and runner-up in H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) at age 3. He finished 2022 with fourth place in Breeders ‘ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) about two turns.

“It, like most horses, when it gets older, it looks more mature and carries better weight,” Fiske said of the 4-year-old horse that could try the Godolphin Mile (G2) on March 25 at the School Meydan horse racing in Dubai if it turns in a strong attempt Saturday. “Now he’s just a bigger, better version of himself.”

The 7-year-old Dancing Prince helped Japan win a row in last year’s Dirt Sprint and take the lead, making him very formidable in Saturday’s edition. A winner of five of his last six starts, son of Pas De Trois 11 out of 16 overall with $2.7 million in earnings.

He is one of only four Japanese to participate in the nine-man field.

A third horse based in the US could become a threat to Dancing Prince ahead.

Maitha Salem Mohammed Belobaida Alsuwaidi’s Meraas won the Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) at Meydan last February, then sent to coach Chad Summers’ warehouse in New York. In his third US start, the 6-year-old boy oasis dream gelding scored a 2 1/4 win by gate-to-string in a grant option claimant on December 30 at Aqueduct race trackcrossed the half-mile with a score of: 44.85 and finished with a score of 1:10.39—both times faster than the timed speed in the Gravesend Stake later in the card.


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