Calder Casino and Race Course will offer its guests an opportunity to come out a little early on Saturday, March 31, to watch and wager on the world’s richest day of racing, the 17th running of the Dubai World Cup race meeting, simulcast from Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.
Calder will begin its simulcast from Meydan with the fourth race on the program, the $2 million UAE Derby, which has a local post time of 10:25 a.m. The card continues with the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (11 a.m.), the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (11:35 a.m.), the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (12:25 p.m.), and the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (1 p.m.) before culminating with the $10 million Dubai World Cup at 1:40 p.m.
Betting windows will open at 10 a.m. and past performances for the Dubai races will be included in the Early Edition simulcast program.
Among the expected starters for the $2 million Golden Shaheen is the Calder-based Grade 2 Smile Sprint winner Giant Ryan, who is trained by the 2010-11 Tropical Meet leading trainer Bisnath Parboo. Giant Ryan won six consecutive races last year, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont and the Ponche Handicap at Calder, before finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint to close out his 2011 campaign. The Golden Shaheen will be his first start of 2012.