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Crowded House, The Usual Q.T. meet in Eddie Read; Dar Re Mi withdrawn with bruise

Saturday’s turf course at Del Mar features the Eddie Read (G1) and the presence of two runners from the Dubai World Cup meeting.  Crowded House was twice second, under two brutal trips, in starts at the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival.  Following those heartbreaks, he checked in a credible ninth, just three lengths from Gloria De Campeao before a listless effort at Newmarket.  Tyler Baze will ride for Brian Meehan before the horse is turned over the locally-based Ben Cecil.  The Eddie Read, over nine furlongs on the oceanside Jimmy Durante turf course, also brings us the graded stakes return of Dubai Duty Free (G1) fourth, The Usual Q.T.  He did most of the running in the early phases for trainer Jim Cassidy and gets back to the top of the Southern California circuit where he has succeeded in the past. 

Dar Re Mi, winner of the 2010 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), was withdrawn from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) with a stone bruise and, according the below-linked article, may be pointed to the Yorkshire Oaks.

Click HERE for more on Dar Re Mi’s defection.


  1. I think Crowded House will likely find his way to an American winner’s circle in the very near future. Crowded House has an explosive turn of foot. With America’s turf courses much faster turf than the courses in Europe, Crowded House should eventually thrive in those conditions. Like Allybar, Crowded House also seems to handle synthetic tracks very well, too. So a race on the poly-track or all-weather surfaces in California probably isn’t out of the question for Crowded House either.

  2. John Gosden may have done his great race-mare a favor by scratching her from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal-Ascot. Dar Re Mi had just ran a poor effort in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes after having run a tremendous effort to win the Dubai Sheema Classic. But even if Dar Re Mi had raced in the King George, she would’ve likely been just another casualty of war on that day. Because that day truly belonged to Harbinger. Harbinger was indeed a man among boys and one girl in that race. Annihilating the Epsom Derby winner, the Irish Derby winner, the Hong Kong Vase winner, and a 3-time Arc De Triomphe runner-up horse. It was indeed the most impressive King George performance I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. And I’m a 50 yr.old man.

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