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Sir Fever full sibling makes her debut in Uruguay
Immediately after Sir Fever's success in Uruguay, came news of his little full sibling, a filly named Golden Princess which generated high expectations to the horse racing fans in South America.

Golden Princess a two years old, full sibling of the remembered Uruguayan superstar Sir Fever, is finally making her long awaited debut on Sunday, April 9 over a 5 ½ Furlongs (1100 meters) race at Maronas racetrack in Uruguay.

Interestingly, Golden Princess will be managed by Sir Fever’s connections.
“I’m very happy the filly is running with the same Sir Fever’s team, it’s a great Ilussion”.   Paola Rosas, owner of Golden Princess.  
Like the champ, the filly will be ridden by Federico F. Piriz and trained by Jorge Piriz.
Sir Fever is well known for being an unbeaten winner of the Uruguayan Triple Crown before being exported to Godolphin to race in Dubai.
In his first outing, the horse was a gutsy second in the Al Bastakiya behind Mubtaahij,  but failed 21 days later in the UAE Derby after some troubles in the first turn. And reaslisticallly finding the race coming to soon.
Unfortunately after the UAE Derby, a series of setbacks undermined his ability to run and he has now been retired by Godolphin, he is being well looked after in his retirement in a England. 

As with any full relation to a Champion making it's a Racecourse debut anywhere in the world a large looming shadow is cast over the new shooter which is inevitable in this modern era and with Golden Princess and her brother there is no exception,
"I'm a bit anxious for the race, but I know it will be tough to have a horse like Sir Fever, there is always nerves to see what she is going to do”
Rosas, said.

With a similar phenotype to this brother, Golden Princess is set to unveil in a full field race, in probably a bit short distance for her pedigree, however if she does not win, a good race would be a great beginning for a successful career.  
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The Dubai World Cup day consists of 9 interesting races with horses coming around the world.
Usually South American horses earn a spot in one of this races, so this time we are giving an insight of those horses.

The Brazilian bred Vettori Kin, by the globetrotter Vettori (IRE) is a graded stakes winner in his native Brazil, with the ability to run in dirt and turf. The Brazilian horse won wire to wire the Grande Premio Linneo de Paula Machado Grade 3 over 2200 meters in the dirt at Cidade Jardim.
Certainly Vettori Kin appreciated the stretch out, and showed his galloping skills to win with authority.
Three weeks later, Vettori Kin stepped up in class and won the Grande Premio Derby Paulista Grade 1 over 2400 meters in the turf.
That magnificent performance led his connections to try the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini Grade 1 over 2400 meters in the turf at San Isidro.
Vettori Kin shipped to Argentina to run the prestigious race,  but was a disappointed ninth. He was third in the last furlong of the race though.
Vettori Kin, ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Kenneth McPeek has been prepping in U.S towards the UAE Derby, and most likely use his early speed to get this race.

The Argentinian He Runs Away (pictured above), a son of Heliotastic out of an Honour and Glory mare is also entered in the UAE Derby.
The horse will be ridden by Silvestre de Sousa and trained by Ricardo Colombo.
He Runs Away won 2 legs of the local Triple Crown races, only losing in the Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos over 1600 meters on dirt. The horse earned the best three years old distinction after winning the Gran Premio Nacional Grade 1 over 2500 m in the dirt, the third leg of Argentinian racing.
He Runs Aways arrived to the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini Grade 1 as the heavy favorite, but finish fourth. The race was won by Sixties Song, a horse that later would win the Gran Premio Latinoamericano Grade 1 in Chile.
Although He Runs Away’s strength is the grass, he has shown ability in the dirt. Probably the distance is a bit short, but if the pace turns hot his chances increase considerably.

The Dubai World Cup has a very remote hope with the Chilean Furia Cruzada. The Newfoundland mare will face the toughest competition of her career on dirt, including the superstar Arrogate.
Likely impossible a win here, but indeed hit the board would be a success.
The other South American horse, Quechua  is a veteran warrior in Singapur. This would be the first time he runs 3200 meters, and only run well would be his goal.

South American horses are in a losing streak in Dubai, since the last winner was Gloria de Campeao in the 2010 DWC edition.
If we look the UAE Derby stats,  we must go back to 2008 when the Argentinian Honour Devil won at Nad Al Sheba.

This Year South America has a shot to win the UAE Derby, especially with Vettori Kin,  however He Runs Away can upset if there is pace meltdown.
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Ghandi Di Job took the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez GI in Uruguay


Every January 6th in Uruguay, takes place the most important races of the year.

They call it “Mitin de Reyes”, meaning Wise Men Meeting.


January 6th is the day everybody goes to Maronas Race Track to spend the day with the family while watching the racesand enjoying all of the events.

Like every year, the racecard turns into a marathon, this year with 21 races scheduled, featuring the four more important races: 


Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez Grade 1 over 1 2400 m,


Gran Premio Ciudad de Montevideo Grade 1 over 2000 m,


Clasico Gran PremioPedro Piñeyrúa (URU –Grade1) over one mile,




the 1000 m Gran Premio Maronas (URU –Grade 1).


All the races in the dirt. 

The main event, the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez is a race with a lot of tradition, it has been around since 1889.

The race has a purse of 4,172,574 pesos, around 143,881 american dollars.

The 2017 Ramirez edition had horses from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil, giving some international prestige to the race. 
Since the start, Gran Premio Nacional (URU Grade 1) hero, Ghandi Di Job (BRZ) took the lead while Babyku, Descocado  and the Brazilian invader Bagé In Concert, sat near leader. There was no changes during the first stages of the race, until Bagé In Concert decided to gave Ghandi di Job some pressure, but all was in vain. 


Ghandi Di Job looked strong, while Bagé In Concert started to lose some ground. Entering in the stretch, the leader with 3 lengths ahead, was able to hold off the late run of Robinson Crusoe (ARG), and the defending champion Fletcher.
Finally, Ghandi Di Job beat Robinson Cruose (Catcher in the Rye) by one length, Fletcher (Ecclesiastic) was third, and Oggigiorno (Pioneering) fourth. 
Ghandi Di Job, a son of Job di Caroline (Minstrel Glory), clocked 2:28.53 for the 2400 meters, was ridden by Federico Piriz, and trained by Jorge Firpo.

The horse is a full sibling to Boby Di Job, a horse who was exported to Dubai in 2011 but was unable to make it to the track in the desert.

He is standing in Haras de Bouquetot, Normandy since 2015. .

In other important races, the filly Brillante Ok (Catcher in the Rye),a runner up in the Gran Premio Nacional Grade 1 against the males, took the 2000 m Gran Premio Cuidad de Montevideo Grade 1 for fillies and Mares.

In the Gran Premio Pedro Piñeyrúa (URU GI), Jump High by Drosselmeyer, defeat the elders using his letallate kick. After this victory, came news for a possible trip to Dubai, to continue his career in those lands. 

Finally, the Brazilian El Danzarin by Dubai Dust (Broad Brush) won the Gran Premio Maronas over 1000 meters. The big horse came from last place to beat the mare Enjoy in the last stride.


Photos by Rosonara Jay and @hipodomoUY 


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South American Graded stakes winner Saltarin Dubai (ARG) makes his Dubai Carnival debut on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Meydan in the Longines Passion in Equestrian Handicap, he will race over a distance of 1900 meters.


This is the start of a road that connections hope will lead to an attempt on the Dubai World Cup. Saltarin Dubai will be ridden by Christophe Soumillion and is now trained by the pioneering South African Mike de Kock.

Saltarin Dubai is son of E Dubai out of Saltarina Fitz by Fitzcarraldo.


He made his debut on September 18, 2015 at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo over 1600 meters on the dirt. He duly won that race showing early speed and braveness in the stretch.

Unexpectedly Saltarin Dubai was again entered just 3 weeks later, in the Gran Premio Eduardo Casey Grade 3 over 2200 meters which is a tough race for an inexperienced horse. After a slow start, the horse was able to manage a fifth place.


Just a month later the E Dubai colt ran in the Gran Premio Nacional Grade 1, a race considered the most important for three years old colts in South America and a race that usually gains the winner Horse of the Year status. However for Salatarin Dubai there was no trophy as he finished in the middle of the pack. After those pair of flops connections gave the horse a break, afterwards it was discovered he had a minor injury.


6 months later, a freshened up Saltarin Dubai came back in a conditions race, winning gate to wire by 5 lenghts, this race was the beginning of a winning streak. Saltarin Dubai stepped up in class to run the Classico Malvinas Argentinas Listed winning the race wire to wire again.


Undoubtedly being on the lead favours him

After those 2 wins Saltarin Dubai stepped back up into Graded Stakes races, when he contested the Gran Premio Estrellas Classic Grade 1. This time, Saltarin Dubai avoided a pace duel and sat in second place, keeping fuel in the tank for the long Palermo’s stretch. Once again he showed tremendous courage to hold off the late run of the Pellegrini’s runner up Don Inc, and beat him by a neck.


That was his last race in Argentina, since he was sold to continue his career in Meydan.


On Thursday Saltarin Dubai will start from post position #1 so the hope is that he is in the perfect position to show off one of his main attributes his early speed, and try to hold off horses like Storm Belt and Top Clearance.

In reality he has been found what looks a more than winnable opportunity on his UAE debut and if he has the fitness I would be more than hopeful that he can go very close.


Picture by Turf Diario


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Sixties Song upsets the 2016 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini Grade 1 

by Sigifredo Mendoza


The most awaited race in Argentina and probably in South America, took place on a sunny Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hipodromo de San Isidro at over  1 ½ mile in the turf.


As expected, the speedy Quiz Kid (Forestry) was sent to the lead to try to win the race gate to wire, while Grand Sohowas chasing in second and Vettori Kin (BRZ) was well placed in third.  

At some point in the backstrecht Quiz Kid took at advantage on 9 lengths in the lead, but Don Inc in an aggressive move approached to the leader, giving the impression he was ready to make his late kick in the stretch. Amazingly, Quiz Kid showed courage and Don Inc struggled to catch him.


In the final furlong Quiz Kid felt the effort and got tired a bit. Suddenly, the closers appeared and Sixties Song with an amazing late kick beat the other closer Puerto Escondido by a neck.

Going past was third and the favorite He Runs Away finished fourth after some troubles in the stretch. Sixties Song was an upset, since he paid 23/1 for win. 


Sixties Song is a 3 yrs old son of Sixties Icon (GB) out of Blissful Song (USA) by Unbridled’s Song (USA), he was ridden by Juan Villagra, trained by Alfredo Gaitán Dassiéand owned by Caballeriza Santa Elena. The winner clocked 2:26.88 and now has record of 3 wins in 6 starts. 


With this result, Sixties Icon became a Grade 1 producer in Argentina. Sixties Icon by Galileo, is standing in Haras La Pasion since 2012 as a shuttle stallion. This is the UK based sires first top level success anywhere in the world.


Sixties Song’s dam, Blissful Song also became in a  remarkable broodmare, since her first foal  Celestial Candy (Candy Ride) was a Grade 2 winner in Argentina, which implies a massive performance.


Pictures from Prensa HSI



Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini Grade 1 

by Sigifredo Mendoza


The Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (G1) is the most important traditional race in the South America racing calendar, and the winner often earns international recognition.


6 winners in the last 7 years heroes has been exported overseas;




Xin Xu Lin,


Going Somewhere,


 Idolo Porteno 




Hi Happy. 


The race takes place on Saturday December 17, 2016 at Hipodromo de San Isidro in Argentina over 1 ½ mile (2400 meters) on turf with a purse of 3.000.000 pesos (around $350.000 dollars) with 15 horses entered.


This year's major contenders are;


He Runs Away,


Don Inc,




Must Go On, 


Vettori Kin,




Hat Ninja.


In reality though there is great depth to this field with all 15 runners having a chance.


He Runs Away, 

3yrs old son of Heliostatic (IRE) out of Heaven to Sally (ARG) by Honour and Glory.


He was fancied to be the main contender during the Argentinean Triple Crown winning the last two legs, the Gran Premio Jockey Club Grade 1 and Gran Premio Nacional Grade 1. He has shown potential to have the required stamina for these extended trips but He is facing elders for first time here. 


Don Inc, by Include, 


He has had a good 2016 season, including a victory in the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo Grade 1 at San Isidro. In his last race, he was second in the Copa de Oro Grade 1.

Don Inc was 2nd in this race last year only defeated by the top class Champion Hi Happy. He is considered a estended trip specialist.


Besitos (Cima De Triomphe);


He was on a winning streak after his distant third in the Clasico Copa de Oro Grade 1 where he met some trouble in the stretch.

He is looking for a rebound here. 


Must Go On;


One of the most consistent horses of Argentinapeaked at the right moment and won the Copa de Oro Grade 1 which is prep for the Pellegrini. He is clearly in top form for this race. 


Despite the Pellegrini’s big purse, the race will have only one import horse entered, the trained Brazilian Vettori Kin (Vettori).


The horse has shown good form before arriving in Argentina, highlighted by wins in the Grande Premio Linneo de Paula Machado Grade 3 and the Grande Premio Derby Paulista Grade 1. 

Vettori Kin is a versatile horse that can run very well on dirt and turf. He launched his brilliant career when he stretched out to staying races. 

The horse was bought by U.S trainer Kenny McPeek to run in the Pellegrini and then point to Meydan's Dubai International Carnival.


If you draw a line to his Gran Premio Jockey Club performance, you’ll find a tough runner in Hat Ninja. Certainly, the son of Hat Trick bounced back of that flop and won the Clasico de la Provincia de Buenos Aires Grade 2 in good style. 



The 2016 Carlos Pellegrini Grade 1 may only have the 15 runners but as mentioned before, it is a high quality field, made up of horses who have the ability to compete overseas. 


Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini post positions: 


1. Besitos  C. Noriega/ R.Pellegata

2A. Don Archi  D.García / A. Gaitan Dassie

2. Cat’s Away J.Da Silva/ A. Gaitan Dassie
3. Distinto Rye  F. Goncalves / J. Etchechoury
4. Don Inc J. Ricardo/ D. Etchechoury
5. Going Past A. Giannetti/ E. Martin
6. Grand Soho A. Rivero / H. Brandi
7. Hat Ninja A. Cabrera /J. Gonzalez
8. He Runs Away R. Blanco / G. Romero
9. Sixties Song J. Villagran / A. Gaitan Dassie
10. Must Go On P. Falero / N. Ferro
11. Puerto Escondido O. Aldarete / P. Sahagian
12. Quiz Kid A. Domingos / J. Maldotti
13. Vettori Kin (BRZ) V. Leal / E. Garcia
14. Willander G. Calvente / N. Martin
My idea of the winner is: 
Vettori Kin
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