It has been more than four months since Well Armed demolished his rivals in the final Dubai World Cup (G1) at Nad Al Sheba. Now – the champion of the desert is back and will make his first start since in Sunday’s San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar.
The Eoin Harty trainee landed the Dubai World Cup by 14 lengths over Gloria De Campeao, who franked the form of the race when he landed the Singapore International Cup (G1) over Presvis in mid-May. After a third behind Curlin in the 2008 edition, Well Armed was rested to begin a second-half campaign that began with a win in the 2008 San Diego Handicap. That was followed with a narrow loss in the Pacific Classic (G1) and a win in the Goodwood Handicap (G1) before an unexplained loss in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
A 6-year-old bay gelding by Tiznow, Well Armed has been assigned top weight of 123 pounds for this year’s San Diego having carried six fewer pounds last year; a field of eight others will attempt to dethrone the returning champion. Owner Bill Casner of WinStar Farm has indicated in the past that Well Armed could be on track for a return to Dubai for the $10,000,000 edition of the 2010 Dubai World Cup at Meydan.