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Dar Re Mi, winner of the 2010 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), was withdrawn from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) with a stone bruise and, according the below-linked article, may be pointed to the Yorkshire Oaks.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