Mubtaahij Could be the One on the First Saturday in May
Category : News
Mon 20/04/2015 - 00:02 EDT
This year’s field is arguably more accomplished than any Derby ensemble in the last ten years with Dortmund, American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Materiality, and International Star all boasting perfect records as three year-olds, and just two combined career losses between the aforementioned first three. Then there’s Upstart who has done little wrong in seven career starts including a head-scratching disqualification that cost him a victory in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes. Also note there wasn’t much difference between Upstart and Materiality in the Florida Derby and the latter could be the wise-guy horse as the pre-race hype begins to build.
Separating talented runners
So what gives? Finding flaws in near-perfect resumes isn’t an easy task, but many of the leading candidates appear to be front-runners or near-the-lead types of horses who have worked out easy trips against miniscule fields compared to the 20 horse crush of the Kentucky Derby. International Star has shown an effective closing kick and the ability to handle traffic, but has posted uninspiring speed figures while winning a trio of preps at Fair Grounds.
Mubtaahij fits the profile
The stage could be set for something unprecedented in the 2015 Kentucky Derby with UAE Derby hero Mubtaahij shipping in for his international connections in attempt to become the first Dubai-based colt to wear the roses. A two-time winner at the mile and three eighths distance, the classic distance of the Derby will not faze this battle-tested runner who has looked comfortable rating behind horses before showing tremendous acceleration as he did in winning the UAE Derby by eight lengths March 28 at Meydan. At what figures to be a fair price, players should keep a close eye on Mubtaahij who figures prominently against this year’s field.
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