Six more dirt races went into the books at Meydan with the second meeting of the season last week. If your horses have raced forward, it’s been a good place to be. Only three of twelve races on the dirt have been won by horses that were not at least forwardly-placed (in the second flight, just off the leader, or on the lead). The other three winners all settled mid-pack, with no “closers” landing a blow on the new surface yet.
The Dubai Duty Free-sponsored affair yielded a treble for the Satish Seemar yard, and their main jockey Richard Mullen, and one of the largest handicap promotions we’ve ever seen in the UAE. Price is Truth (pictured below) was a 60-rated maiden when he won at Sharjah by 13 lengths on November 8. Promoted 17 pounds for that run, he came back in 12 days and won the 1,200-metre 75-85 handicap by 2.5 lengths, eased down at the finish. By Distorted Humor out of the Storm Cat mare, Secret Thyme, Price is Truth was upped another 21 pounds in the ratings, and now races off a mindboggling 98.
Price is Truth came with big hopes. He was a $1.2 million purchase at Fasig Tipton Florida’s select 2-year-old sale in February 2012, but had just two placings from twelve starts prior to this season. Gelded after a listless beginning to his career, he has absolutely bolted home in both races late in his 4-year-old campaign. While anything is possible, you have to think we will see Price is Truth at the Carnival.
Three horses off long layoffs were successful, two for the Seemar-Mullen combo, with Tahaamah (below) and Satwa Story taking the second and third races, respectively. Both emerged from breaks of 13 and 14 months, respectively, and off trainer changes into Seemar’s barn.
Le Bernardin (below) won off a 23-month break for Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Saeed Al Mazrouei, and was subsequently promoted to an easy Carnival-accepted rating of 100. His win was 1.50 seconds quicker than the next fastest of the two other races at 1,600 metres on the programme.
State Law (below) broke his maiden at sixth-asking, and just the second start in the barn of Doug Watson, besting Year of Glory and first time starter Silver Galaxy, a half to Group-1 winner G Force.
Muhtaram made it two starts and two wins on the Meydan dirt, taking the finale. The win got Musabah Al Muhairi and Silvestre De Sousa, his new retained rider, on the board for the meeting.
Racing resumes in the UAE with a tripleheader this week – beginning Friday at Jebel Ali. We’ll have selections as usual. Thanks to Cedric Lane for providing the photographs.