Friday UAE Derby Track Notes

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10:42 am EDT

Chance of Rain

According to, there is a 50 percent chance of rain in Dubai Friday night, 20 percent on Saturday and 80 percent on Saturday night. Post time for the UAE Derby is 5:25 p.m. local time, 9:25 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Only five horses are in today's UAE Derby track notes from Meydan Racecourse.

ADIRATO (JPN) - He was hand walked in the quarantine area this morning. Trainer Naosuke Sugai said: "We just walked him today. He is in race mode, so we didn't want him to lose that energy today. He has really changed in a good way while being here. He knows the race is coming and is switched on. He is stabled in the same stall as Just A Way was three years ago. It feels like a good omen!"

EPICHARIS (JPN) - Had a light canter around the main track. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: "He is ready for the race. We will want Christophe to keep him off the pace like he has in past races."

MASTER PLAN (USA) - Galloping over the main track, he showed his connections that not only is he ready for Saturday’s race, he will not mind if rains continue and the track is wet. “He looked like he really enjoyed some moisture in the track,” said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.  

QATAR MAN (USA) – He was out on the main track just after 5 a.m. Trainer Marco Botti’s wife Lucie said: “He just cantered around, we’re happy with everything and ready to go.”

VETTORI KIN (BRZ) – Had his final 2400 meter gallop on the Meydan dirt track and trainer Kenny McPeek said: “He’s just drilled the feed tub and you can see on the track how fluid he is. I think he’s got a pretty big chance. This is maybe one of the best horses I’ve bought out of South America. He has a huge future, and we’re really excited about him. I’m going into the race feeling like I have a have a pretty good chance, but it’s a melting pot of horses coming in from all over – Ireland, Japan, America, Argentina, Brazil. It’s wide open, and the key is if your horse is thriving, and mine is thriving.”

Weather report by Dick Downey