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Danger In The Desert

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/2/2013 8:34:04 PM

Talented sophomores, Kentucky Derby winners, and desert drama was the order of the day Saturday in Dubai in the Dubai World Cup and the UAE Derby and online sports betting site players have to make spring projections from the results.

Lines of Battle won the UAE Derby and he is in the right hands. Aidan O’Brien is one of the best trainers in the world and he has used this race before to tighten up a runner for a try in the Kentucky Derby.

His student Daddy Long Legs won the UAE Derby last year but finished 20th in Kentucky but Master of Hounds parlayed a UAE Derby second to a fifth in the Kentucky Derby.

This was Lines of Battle’s first win in a Group or Graded race. He beat 11 rivals under 131 pounds in his debut and was 2nd beaten a neck in a Group 2 sprinting last July.

Lines of Battle traveled to the states to run in the BC Juvenile Turf but he was hung out in post 14 and ran a close 7th.

On Saturday, Lines of Battle overcame a super slow pace and was passed late at one point but dug in to win in very game fashion.

He also beat some nice online betting horses in the UAE. He handled a couple of runners that won G3 races and also handled He’s Had Enough, who was 2nd beaten just a head in Shanghai Bobby’s BC Juvenile win.

The horse that broke from the rail in the UAE, Law Enforcement, was aiming for his 5th win in 6 outs and was coming off a win in the Group 1 Grand Criterium.
Lines of Battle has a right to get the classic distance as his kin Blue Exit won at a mile and an eighth.

His trainer told ESPN what he thought of the race, O’Brien: “We wanted the race to be a true test but it wasn’t because of the slow pace, which made it a good win under the circumstances. We are very pleased with him and will now go to the Kentucky Derby.”

The pace will be faster for sure in Kentucky and that could be just what the good doctor ordered for Lines of Battle.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was also on the Saturday card at Meydan and he didn’t disappoint.

The $10 million Dubai World Cup was the horse betting vehicle and Animal Kingdom won for the third time in 4 starts on a synthetic surface.

Troubled in his 2012 closer, the Animal was dead short in his only start of this year but he trained cleverly in Florida for this race.

Animal Kingdom got an ideal 2-hole trip and was expertly ridden by Joel Rosario. He let out a notch with about 200 meters to go, opened up and held on for the opulent victory.

Versatility is Animal Kingdom’s calling card. He can handle any kind of surface and the fact he can now show tactical speed is all the more in his favor.

His next start is not solidified but he will likely ship to England for a start at the Royal Ascot week.
Stay tuned.

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