Only five of the 16 entries are in today's track notes. The UAE Derby is race 4 at Meydan on Saturday with a post time of 9:25 a.m. EDT. A link with more information about all entries and ante post odds is here.
ADIRATO (JPN) – Breezed 1,200 meters over the main track. Trainer Naosuke Sugai said: “We started and ended the gallop in non-traditional places because the crowd in the corner seemed to be bothering him. We want him to feel as relaxed as possible when he works. He has put on a good amount of weight and we are really happy with his condition right now. This horse has a really good heart.”
Jockey Yutaka Take said: "He was quiet when getting on the track, but once I urged him to pick up the speed, he answered me well and moved faster. He has travelled well, eats up well and has a good coat, which shows his good condition. He handled the surface. Hopefully he starts off the gate well and runs his race."
EPICHARIS (JPN) – Breezed 800 meters over the main track. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: “He had a good work, breezed 800 meters today and he is moving smoothly. He is right where we want him.”
Jockey Christophe Lemaire added: "He has a beautiful conformation and is in good form. The trainer is also pleased with him. He will run for the first time...here, so the suitability is an unknown factor, but he is a very talented horse, so I'm very looking forward to his race. Hopefully he will win the race and be qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby."
HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) - He came onto the main track for a slow canter. His trainer Ricardo Colombo explained: “When he travelled over from South America, he lost quite a bit of weight and needed some time to acclimatise. He did his main work last Sunday and so now I’m just letting him do some slow canters in the morning. He has put most of his weight back on, and I think he will be back to his normal weight come Saturday.”
QATAR MAN (IRE) – He took a spin around the main track just after 5 a.m. under trainer Marco Botti’s wife Lucie. She said: “I gave him a nice easy canter, similar to yesterday. We’ll probably go slightly quicker tomorrow, and he’s in good form.”
VETTORI KIN (BRZ) – The Brazilian Group 1 winner was given an easy morning off and just walked. “We’re excited about him,” said trainer Ken McPeek, who helped put together a partnership to purchase the colt in December. “He’s a really top horse and trains like a good thing. Being a Southern Hemisphere three-year-old against Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds is a good setup for him, too.”
Edited by Dick Downey