Victor’s Cry (inside #8) captures the 2010 Shoemaker Mile

Victor’s Cry seeks to add a $5 million Group 1 to his resume when he enters Saturday’s starting gate for the Dubai Duty Free.  The Duty Free is about a mile and eighth on the turf.  Saturday’s post time is estimated to be 11:45 am.

The Street Cry sired six year old won a Grade 1 and Grade 2 at Hollywood Park in 2010 and is bred by Legacy Farm.  Victor will be  seeking Victory with Victor as jockey Victor Espinosa returns for the mount.  Owned by Equilite Stable and trained by Eion Hardy, Victor’s Cry is 6 of 22 lifetime with five of those wins occuring on the turf.  At 9-2, Victor’s Cry is the 2nd ML choice in the 15 horse field.

Gio Ponti on the backstretch at Colonial Downs

Also on Saturday, 2008 Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti who has won over $5 million seeks to avenge his 4th place finish in last year’s Dubai World Cup in this year’s running.  The winner of two Grade I stakes in 2010 Gio Ponti’s gallop over the synthetic surface in Dubai World Cup was his only start out of the money in seven attempts.  In his last start he ran second to Goldikova in the Breeder’s Cup Mile.
Now a six year old, Gio Ponti is trained by Christophe Clemente who has assigned the irons once again to Ramon Dominquez.  The $10 million dollar Duty World Cup is a mile and a quarter over an “all-weather” surface.  At 8-1, Gio Ponti is the fourth ML choice in the 14 horse field.  Post time for Gio Ponti’s race is approximately 1:35 pm Saturday afternoon.