While updating the stakes pp’s on the TBA homepage tonight, I was quite amazed to see one of the entrants in Woodbine’s fourteen furlong (!) Valedictory Stakes on Sunday…three-year-old Love Dubai. Yes, the same Love Dubai (owned by Equirace.com) we worried about earlier this year after he finished dead last in the G2 Illinois Derby, and then ran back exactly one week later in the G1 Blue Grass Stakes—also finishing dead last. He lost those two races by a combined 43 lengths, both with Miguel Mena up. Since then, he has run in the G3 Colonial Turf Cup (5th), G2 Virginia Derby (8th), G1 Secretariat (5th), G3 Hawthorne Derby (7th) and an AOC (3rd)—with a new jockey each time. Except for the allowance race, he wasn’t even close to finishing in the money, losing from 4-1/2 to 9 lengths). And now they ship him to Canada? Honestly, why waste time, money and effort shooting for these races when he’s probably an allowance horse at best? He’s run eight times this year (one winning allowance race in England in January) and won all of $52,018. Talk about delusional!
And while I am on a rant, is E Dubai officially the lamest-assed stallion at stud today? The best he has produced is a G2 winner, High Heels—and not much else to get excited about. Of course, as a race horse, he could only muster two G2 wins—lifetime (which was only 11 starts total). So, is he worth even $15,000? Even as a son of Mr. Prospector? Sorry, if they were GIVING away yearlings by E Dubai, I wouldn't take one. Blah!
(Yes, the handful of students who haven't come to class all semester are emailing me, begging to know what they can do to pass my class...after failing all three exams?!? ARGH! Not going to happen, and I don't care if you are suppose to graduate! Guess what? You're not! In the real world, your boss would have fired you long, LONG ago). Sorry...the stress will be released soon enough :)