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WEEKEND STAKES ACTION: Dubai World Cup and Louisiana Derby Edition (Updated 5x)

Not only are there tons of great stakes races to watch today, but Gulfstream Park will carry almost $600,000 into today's $0.10 Rainbow Pick Six. Toss in the richest race in the world (Dubai World Cup), a $1 million prep for the Kentucky Derby (Louisiana Derby), several races on the road to the Kentucky Oaks (Bourboneete Oaks, Fair Grounds Oaks), and a race in New Mexico with an $800,000 purse (Sunland Derby); that's not a bad day of racing.

Scraches and changes for today's tracks can be found through the links below:

Fair Grounds
Gulfstream Park
Santa Anita Park
Sunland Park
Turfway Park

Below is a rundown of the major races this weekend, along with a running update of the winners.  Click on the name of the winner to be taken to the full result chart (when available).

Both TVG and HRTV will have coverage of the races from Dubai.  HRTV's feed is the track/international feed from Dubai.  TVG's is the same video but with in-studio commentators.

Day Post Time Race Winner $2 Win
Sat 9:15 / 6:15 Al Quoz Sprint J J the Jet Plane (SAf) $4.20
Sat 9:50 / 6:50 Goldolphin Mile Skysurfers (GB) $8.20
Sat 10:25 / 7:25 UAE Derby Khawlah (IRE) $9.20
Sat 11:05 / 8:05 Dubai Golden Shaheen Rocket Man (AUS) $3.60
Sat 11:45 / 8:45 Dubai Duty Free Presvis (GB) $12.60
Sat 12:50 / 9:50 Dubai Sheema Classic Rewilding (GB) $7.80
Sat 1:35  / 10:35 Dubai World Cup Victoire Pisa (JPN) $36.60
Sat 3:49 / 12:49 G2-New Orleans Hcp. Mission Impazible $5.00
Sat 4:33 / 1:33 G2-Bourbonette Oaks Summer Soiree $5.00
Sat 4:56 / 1:56 G2-Fair Grounds Oaks Daisy Devine $11.00
Sat 5:02 / 2:02 Rushaway Stakes Swift Warrior $10.00
Sat 5:25 / 2:25 G3-Pan American Rahy's Attorney $12.60
Sat 5:29 / 2:29 G2-Mervin Muniz Smart Bid $8.00
Sat 5:31 / 2:31 G3-Spiral Stakes Animal Kingdom $8.00
Sat 6:03 / 3:03 G2-Louisiana Derby Pants On Fire $14.60
Sat 6:36 / 3:36 G3-Tokyo City Cup Worth Repeating $18.20
Sun 5:46 / 2:46 Sunland Park Oaks Plum Pretty $2.10
Sun 7:45 / 4:45 G3-Sunland Derby Twice the Appeal $53.20


UPDATE #5: A huge win for Japan in the Dubai World Cup as Victoire Pisa (JPN) holds off Transcend (JPN) in the stretch for the win.  It was quite a scene in the winner's circle where the Japanese connections were highly emotional given the circumstances going on back in their home country. 

Japanese racing has been seeking a big international win for many years now and they finally achieved that with Victoire Pisa's triumph this morning.

UPDATE #4: A lovely ride by Frankie Dettori on Rewilding (GB) in the Sheema Classic on his way to a pretty easy score in the 12 furlong turf race.  

UPDATE #3: Euroears ran a valiant race but wore down in the stretch under the pressure of Rocket Man (AUS), who avenges his loss in last year's Golden Shaheen.

Based on the races on Tapeta today, I think it's accurate to say the main track is very unkind to front-running horses.  Euroears went :24+ on the frontend and still couldn't hold on.  You're not going to get an opening quarter much slower than that in a six furlong sprint.

UPDATE #2: A thrilling stretch drvie between Kahwlah (IRE) and Master of Hounds in the UAE Derby with Kahwlah becoming the first filly to win the race since its inception.

UPDATE #1: J J the Jet Plane (SAf) sprinted through the fog to nip War Artist (AUS) at the wire of the Al Quoz Sprint at 5f on the turf.  J J the Jet Plane went off at 6/4 odds with the UK bookmakers.  The pool North American players are betting into had the winner at even money.

We have our first update of the morning and what looks to be our first major change: Kinsale King, the defending champion in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, appears to be a scratch from the race.  That's a big scratch and it puts Rocket Man in an excellent position to capture the race he narrowly missed out on last year.