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Breeders’ Cup Classic winner White Abarrio held firm as the
3-1 favorite in international betting ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1, $20 million
Saudi Cup, the fifth annual edition of the world’s richest horse race.

Free PPs for Saudi Cup card at Riyadh.

A 1 1/8-mile dirt race around one turn, the Saudi Cup at 12:40 p.m. EST is the last of nine races on the King Abdulaziz Racecourse card Saturday. The National Center for Meteorology in Saudi Arabia forecast a partly cloudy day with a high of 89 degrees dropping to 81 overnight.

The Saudi Cup card will be shown live on FS2 with the telecast running Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST.

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Early races were delayed as much as a half-hour, according to the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, to accommodate the late arrival of members of the royal family.

Dutrow plans unusual day for White Abarrio

Trainer Rick Dutrow said Wednesday he planned to take the
unusual step of breezing the 5-year-old horse on race day.

“I feel by not breezing him, it gives him more steam,” he told
reporters in Riyadh. “We do plan on breezing him that day that he is in. I know
the dirt track is closed, but we did take him to the training track twice to
jog him. … On Saturday we are going to blow him out through the lane there.”

Japan entrants Derma Sotogake, who finished second to White
Abarrio in the Breeders’ Cup, and Lemon Pop, the winner nearly three months ago
of the Champions Cup (G1) at Chukyo, were 11-2 early Saturday, according to Racing
Post
’s survey of the best odds in Great Britain and Ireland. Wagering is
illegal in Saudi Arabia.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Carmel Road

Quality Road

5.95

Abdullah Albadah

Camilo Ospina

1st, 2024 King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Cup LS

25-1

Last Race

1st, 2024 King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Cup LS

2 Horse Silk Crown Pride Crown Pride

Reach the Crown

6.71

Koichi Shintani

Joao Moreira

11th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

30-1

Last Race

11th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

3 Horse Silk Defunded Defunded

Dialed In

6.58

Abdulaziz Khalid Mishref

Luis Saez

2nd, 2023 Awesome Again G1

25-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Awesome Again G1

4 Horse Silk Derma Sotogake Derma Sotogake

Mind Your Biscuits

7.09

Hidetaka Otonashi

Christophe Patrice Lemaire

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

6-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

5 Horse Silk Hoist the Gold Hoist the Gold

Mineshaft

6.55

Dallas Stewart

John R. Velazquez

4th, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

40-1

Last Race

4th, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

6 Horse Silk Isolate Isolate

Mark Valeski

5.94

Doug Watson

Joel Rosario

1st, 2023 Al Maktoum Mile G2

20-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Al Maktoum Mile G2

7 Horse Silk Lemon Pop Lemon Pop

Lemon Drop Kid

6.27

Hiroyasu Tanaka

Ryusei Sakai

1st, 2023 Champions Cup G1

5-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Champions Cup G1

9 Horse Silk National Treasure National Treasure

Quality Road

6.77

Bob Baffert

Flavien Prat

1st, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

8-1

Last Race

1st, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

10 Horse Silk Power In Numbers Power In Numbers

Girvin

5.89

Ahmed Mohamoud

Adel Alfouraidi

1st, 2024 The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup LS

50-1

Last Race

1st, 2024 The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup LS

11 Horse Silk Saudi Crown Saudi Crown

Always Dreaming

6.67

Brad H. Cox

Florent Geroux

1st, 2024 Louisiana G3

15-1

Last Race

1st, 2024 Louisiana G3

12 Horse Silk Senor Buscador Senor Buscador

Mineshaft

6.21

Todd W. Fincher

Junior Alvarado

2nd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

15-1

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

13 Horse Silk Ushba Tesoro Ushba Tesoro

Orfevre

7.65

Noboru Takagi

Yuga Kawada

1st, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

8-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

14 Horse Silk White Abarrio White Abarrio

Race Day

7.96

Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

1st, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

3-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

15 Horse Silk Scotland Yard Scotland Yard

Quality Road

0.00

Mutaeb Almulawah

Luis D. Morales

2nd, 2024 The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup LS

40-1

Last Race

2nd, 2024 The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup LS

Forever Young is Saudi
Derby favorite

With three wins in his first three starts, Forever Young from
Japan was the early 4-5 favorite Saturday for the $1.5 million Saudi Derby (G3),
a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds racing on Riyadh’s dirt track.

If all goes well Saturday, connections are expected to aim
the Real Steel colt to the UAE Derby (G2), a practical win-and-you’re-in qualifier March
23 for Kentucky Derby 2024.

The same may apply to Book’em Danno, the colt who Derek Ryan
trained to victory last month in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. He was
the 5-1 second choice in early wagering.

The Saudi Derby is the first of the six graded stakes on Saturday’s
program. It is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. EST.

America vs. Japan in Dirt Sprint

With Grade 3 wins in Japan and South Korea, 5-year-old
Remake was the 2-1 favorite Saturday morning for the $1.5 million Riyadh Dirt
Sprint (G3), a one-turn, six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up.

Most recently the runner-up in a second-level race nearly
three months ago in Japan, the son of Lani faces the challenge among others of
U.S. 5-year-olds Skelly and Bold Journey.

Skelly, who was 4-1 early Saturday, won three weeks ago for
trainer Steve Asmussen in the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn. Bold Journey, who
was 8-1, finished first in two stakes in his last two starts at Aqueduct for
Bill Mott.

The Riyadh Dirt Sprint is scheduled for 9:40 a.m. EST.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Alfaisaleyah Alfaisaleyah

Rajasinghe

0.00

Fahad Alfehaid

Adel Alfouraidi

Entered

2 Horse Silk Bakeel Bakeel

Sioux Nation

0.00

Thamer Aldaihani

Ricardo Ferreira

6th, 2022 Dragon Stakes LS

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2022 Dragon Stakes LS

3 Horse Silk Bold Journey Bold Journey

Hard Spun

5.55

William I. Mott

Joel Rosario

1st, 2023 Gravesend LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Gravesend LS

4 Horse Silk Cairama Cairama

Cairo Prince

5.62

Shalah Aladhayani

Wigberto S. Ramos

4th, OP AOC (05/05/2023-R6)

Entered

Last Race

4th, OP AOC (05/05/2023-R6)

5 Horse Silk Jasper Krone Jasper Krone

Frosted

4.45

Hideyuki Mori

Taisei Danno

7th, 2023 Hong Kong Sprint G1

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Hong Kong Sprint G1

6 Horse Silk Keiai Dorie Keiai Dorie

Espoir City

0.00

Akira Murayama

Christophe Patrice Lemaire

Entered

7 Horse Silk Power Of Beauty Power Of Beauty

Slade Power

0.00

Mutaeb Almulawah

Abdulaziz M. Almussa

16th, 2022 Heritage Handicap

Entered

Last Race

16th, 2022 Heritage Handicap

8 Horse Silk Rebellious Stage Rebellious Stage

Justify

0.00

Abdullah Albadah

Camilo Ospina

4th, LRL AOC (07/02/2023-R7)

Entered

Last Race

4th, LRL AOC (07/02/2023-R7)

9 Horse Silk Remake Remake

Lani

4.45

Koichi Shintani

Yuga Kawada

1st, 2023 Korea Sprint G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Korea Sprint G3

10 Horse Silk Skelly Skelly

Practical Joke

4.79

Steven M. Asmussen

Ricardo Santana, Jr.

1st, 2023 Speightstown Sprint S. LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Speightstown Sprint S. LS

11 Horse Silk Sunset Flash Sunset Flash

Mayson

0.00

Nawaf Almindeel

Alexis Moreno

12th, 2023 Saudi Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

12th, 2023 Saudi Cup G1

12 Horse Silk Tuz Tuz

Oxbow

0.00

Bhupat Seemar

Tadhg O’Shea

1st, 2024 Dubawi Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2024 Dubawi Stakes G3

Appleby has favorite in
Turf Sprint

Mysterious Night, a 4-year-old gelding bred and owned by
Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, was 11-4 early Saturday in Europe
betting for the 1351 Turf Sprint, a one-turn race covering about 6 3/4 furlongs.

After he won the 2022 Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine, Mysterious
Night went into a slump that included his seventh-place finish in the August running
of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga.

Last fall Appleby sent the son of Dark Angel to the Middle
East. Mysterious Night responded with two wins in his first two starts of 2024.
Last month he delivered in a Group 2 race at Meydan.

The 1351 Turf Sprint is 1,351 meters in honor of the year on
the Islamic calendar when the current kingdom was established in Saudi Arabia.
It translates to 1932 on the Gregorian calendar.

The race is scheduled to start at 10:25 a.m. EST.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Aguri Aguri

Caravaggio

0.00

Takayuki Yasuda

Christophe Patrice Lemaire

7th, 2023 Sprinters Stakes G1

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Sprinters Stakes G1

2 Horse Silk Annaf Annaf

Muhaarar

0.00

Michael Appleby

Rossa Ryan

1st, 2023 Bengough Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Bengough Stakes G3

3 Horse Silk Art Power Art Power

Dark Angel

0.00

Tim D. Easterby

David Allan

1st, 2023 British Champions Sprint Stakes G1

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 British Champions Sprint Stakes G1

4 Horse Silk Bathrat Leon Bathrat Leon

Kizuna

6.07

Yoshito Yahagi

Ryusei Sakai

3rd, 2023 Korea Sprint G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Korea Sprint G3

5 Horse Silk Byline Byline

Muhaarar

0.00

Allan Smith

Gerald Mosse

8th, 2023 Neom Turf Cup G3

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Neom Turf Cup G3

6 Horse Silk Cold Front Cold Front

Lope de Vega

0.00

Mk. Alhirabi

Ricardo Ferreira

8th, 2022 1351 Turf Sprint G3

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2022 1351 Turf Sprint G3

7 Horse Silk Dr Zempf Dr Zempf

Dark Angel

0.00

Badan Alsubaie

Luis Saez

8th, 2023 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint G2

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint G2

8 Horse Silk Jumby Jumby

New Bay

0.00

Eve Johnson Houghton

Christophe Soumillon

9th, 2023 Bengough Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Bengough Stakes G3

9 Horse Silk King Gold King Gold

Anodin

4.45

Nicolas Caullery

Stephane Pasquier

8th, 2024 Al Fahidi Fort G2

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2024 Al Fahidi Fort G2

10 Horse Silk Mysterious Night Mysterious Night

Dark Angel

6.34

Charlie Appleby

William Buick

1st, 2024 Al Fahidi Fort G2

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2024 Al Fahidi Fort G2

11 Horse Silk Raaed Raaed

Dark Angel

0.00

Hamad Al Rasheed

Joel Rosario

12th, 2023 Al Quoz Sprint G1

Entered

Last Race

12th, 2023 Al Quoz Sprint G1

12 Horse Silk Win Greatest Win Greatest

Screen Hero

0.00

Yoshihiro Hatakeyama

Masami Matsuoka

7th, 2020 NHK Mile Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2020 NHK Mile Cup G1

13 Horse Silk La La Christine La La Christine

Mikki Isle

0.00

Takashi Saito

Cristian Demuro

14th, 2023 Victoria Mile G1

Entered

Last Race

14th, 2023 Victoria Mile G1

14 Horse Silk Matilda Picotte Matilda Picotte

Sioux Nation

0.00

Kieran P. Cotter

Oisin Murphy

1st, 2023 Challenge Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Challenge Stakes G2

Luxembourg stays on grass
for Neom

With a long-range view toward the Breeders’ Cup, trainer
Aidan O’Brien said he still wants to move Luxembourg to the dirt. He even was
tempted to do so for this weekend’s Saudi Cup.

Instead, the 5-year-old who has won three Group 1 races will
be on more familiar ground Saturday as the 5-4 favorite in the $2,000,000 Neom
Turf Cup (G2), a two-turn race for older horses covering 1 5/16 miles.

Grocer Jack, a 25-1 long shot in the 13-horse field, is
trained by Jimmy Jerkens. The longtime New York horsemen is in the middle of a
two-year contract to train for Saudi Arabia prince Faisal bin Khalid.

The Neom Turf Cup, the seventh race Saturday, starts at
11:10 a.m. EST.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Alooqaal Alooqaal

Zoffany

0.00

Fahd Alabdmonim

Luis D. Morales

Entered

2 Horse Silk Astro King Astro King

Kingman

0.00

Daniel and Claire Kubler

Richard Kingscote

6th, 2023 Bahrain International Trophy G2

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 Bahrain International Trophy G2

3 Horse Silk Bolthole Bolthole

Free Eagle

0.00

Alban de Mieulle

Mickael Barzalona

7th, 2023 Prix Dollar G2

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Prix Dollar G2

4 Horse Silk Calif Calif

Areion

0.00

Fawzi Abdulla Nass

Adrie de Vries

9th, 2023 Bahrain International Trophy G2

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Bahrain International Trophy G2

5 Horse Silk Grocer Jack Grocer Jack

Oasis Dream

6.37

James A. Jerkens

John R. Velazquez

4th, 2022 Prix Dollar G2

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2022 Prix Dollar G2

6 Horse Silk Hearts Concerto Hearts Concerto

Heart’s Cry

0.00

Ryo Takei

Joao Moreira

Entered

7 Horse Silk Jack Darcy Jack Darcy

Gleneagles

0.00

John and Thady Gosden

Kieran Shoemark

8th, 2023 Prix Du Conseil de Paris G2

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Prix Du Conseil de Paris G2

8 Horse Silk Killer Ability Killer Ability

Deep Impact

5.39

Takashi Saito

Cristian Demuro

8th, 2022 Copa Republica Argentina G2

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2022 Copa Republica Argentina G2

9 Horse Silk Luxembourg Luxembourg

Camelot

8.08

Aidan O’Brien

Ryan Moore

2nd, 2023 Hong Kong Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Hong Kong Cup G1

10 Horse Silk Spirit Dancer Spirit Dancer

Frankel

0.00

Richard Fahey

Oisin Orr

4th, 2024 Jebel Hatta G1

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2024 Jebel Hatta G1

11 Horse Silk Starcat Starcat

Lope de Vega

4.45

Saud Nawaf

Adel Alfouraidi

7th, 2021 Europe Cup

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2021 Europe Cup

12 Horse Silk Studley Studley

Harbinger

0.00

Yutaka Okumura

William Buick

8th, 2023 Japan Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Japan Cup G1

13 Horse Silk The Foxes The Foxes

Churchill

6.86

Andrew Balding

Oisin Murphy

3rd, 2024 Conditions Stakes

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2024 Conditions Stakes

There is no clear favorite
in Red Sea

Two-time Ireland handicap winner Tower of London, a
4-year-old Galileo colt trained by O’Brien, was a lukewarm 4-1 favorite for the
$2.5 million Red Sea Turf Handicap (G3) for older horses going 1 7/8 miles.

Godolphin-bred 6-year-old gelding Al Nayyir, who splits his
time between France and Dubai, was 6-1. Iron Barows, a 7-year-old entire who
was a surprising Grade 2 winner nearly three months ago in Japan, was 8-1.
Giavellotto, a 5-year-old horse who upset last year’s Yorkshire Cup (G2) in
England, was 9-1.

Jerkens will saddle First Minister, another 4-year-old
Galileo colt who was a Group 3 winner last year in France for legendary trainer
André Fabre.

The Red Sea is posted for 11:50 a.m. EST.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Giavellotto Giavellotto

Mastercraftsman

0.00

Marco Botti

Oisin Murphy

3rd, 2023 Lonsdale Cup G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Lonsdale Cup G2

2 Horse Silk Breakup Breakup

Novellist

6.12

Naoyuki Morita

Joao Moreira

16th, 2023 Melbourne Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

16th, 2023 Melbourne Cup G1

3 Horse Silk Iron Barows Iron Barows

Orfevre

0.00

Hiroyuki Uemura

Cristian Demuro

11th, 2023 Arima Kinen G1

Entered

Last Race

11th, 2023 Arima Kinen G1

4 Horse Silk Echt Echt

Rulership

0.00

Hideyuki Mori

Yuga Kawada

8th, 2023 Tenno Sho (Autumn) G1

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Tenno Sho (Autumn) G1

5 Horse Silk Al Nayyir Al Nayyir

Dubawi

0.00

Georges Doleuze

Christophe Soumillon

2nd, 2024 Al Khail Trophy LS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Al Khail Trophy LS

6 Horse Silk Big Call Big Call

Animal Kingdom

4.45

Christophe Ferland

William Buick

3rd, 2023 Stockholm Cup International G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Stockholm Cup International G3

7 Horse Silk Libyan Glass Libyan Glass

Kizuna

0.00

Yoshito Yahagi

Ryusei Sakai

Entered

8 Horse Silk Skazino Skazino

Kendargent

4.12

Patrice Cottier

Mickael Barzalona

2nd, 2023 Prix Royal-Oak G1

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Prix Royal-Oak G1

9 Horse Silk Enemy Enemy

Muhaarar

4.12

Ian Williams

Richard Kingscote

1st, 2024 Conditions Stakes

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2024 Conditions Stakes

10 Horse Silk Roberto Escobarr Roberto Escobarr

Galileo

0.00

Michael Appleby

Marco Ghiani

4th, 2024 Handicap

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2024 Handicap

11 Horse Silk Tower Of London Tower Of London

Galileo

5.55

Aidan O’Brien

Ryan Moore

4th, 2023 English St. Leger G1

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 English St. Leger G1

12 Horse Silk Diva Donna Diva Donna

Cima De Triomphe

6.12

Julien Carayon

Jerome Moutard

5th, 2023 Prix Royal-Oak G1

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Prix Royal-Oak G1

13 Horse Silk First Minister First Minister

Galileo

6.09

James A. Jerkens

Luis Saez

4th, 2023 Grand Prix de Paris G1

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Grand Prix de Paris G1

14 Horse Silk Pin Your Hopes Pin Your Hopes

Rock of Gibraltar

0.00

Naif Almandeel

Angel Moreno

9th, 2023 Red Sea Turf Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Red Sea Turf Handicap G3

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