UAE Derby 2014: Post Time, Post Positions, Contenders Odds and Schedule

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 13:  Variety Club ridden by Anton Marcus (yellow and Green silks) wins the the Firebreak Stakes during the Dubai World Cup Carnival Races at the Meydan Racecourse on February 13, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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For those horse racing fans unfamiliar with the 2014 UAE Derby, the annual race takes place in the United Arab Emirates and is one of the fastest-growing races in the entire world.

The Grade 2 competition is for three-year-old thoroughbreds and will be run over a distance of 1.1875 miles at the beautiful Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The race takes place annually on the last Saturday of March during the Dubai World Cup Night.

While there are plenty of intriguing storylines and the competition will be intense, the main focus for owners and jockeys will be the purse of $2 million USD. That raises the stakes a bit.

Here is all the vital information every horse racing fan needs to enjoy the UAE Derby and continue to get excited for the approaching Kentucky Derby.

 

Where: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When: Saturday, March 29

Post Time: 1 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: Horse Racing TV (subscription required)

 

2014 UAE Derby Vital Information
Post PositionHorseOdds
1Safety Check40-1
2Paximadia20-1
3Cooptado18-1
4Long John5-2
5Giovanni Boldini4-1
6Emirates Flyer20-1
7Sir Jack Layden18-1
8Toast Of New York12-1
9Asmar6-1
10Sir John Hawkins15-1
11Jallota50-1
12King Rubi30-1
Source: HorseRacingNation.com

 

Horse to Watch on Saturday: Long John

There are several horses that have the talent and ability to run away with the 2014 UAE Derby, but the best bet on Saturday is Long John.

The horse has dominated in his short career, winning both the Caulfield Guineas Grade 1 race and the UAE 2000 Guineas Grade 3 race. The latter of the two victories came on the same course he will race on during Saturday’s main event.

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Long John’s familiarity with Meydan Racecourse will be a deciding factor.

Led by trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey Mickael Barzalona—as well as the financial backing of owner Sheikh Mohammed—the horse’s dominance in the UAE 2000 Guineas Grade 3 race should have racing fans clamoring to place a wager on Long John.

Whether you are looking to bet on this race or you are just watching to get mentally ready for the horse racing rush associated with the Triple Crown, Saturday’s main race will be one of the best of the year thus far.

Casual and hardcore fans alike will enjoy the action in Dubai.

Predicted Finish: Winner