It has temperatures that regularly reach 50 degrees Celsius and one of the shortest racing seasons in the world (five months from the end of October to the end of March), so what happens to Dubai’s thousands of racehorses during the off-season?
In the dark days of January in 2017, when temperatures flirted with freezing and several snowstorms wrapped Lexington, Kentucky, in a numbing embrace, a chestnut horse was standing in the Spendthrift Farm quarantine barn with his front feet in ice, waging a tense war to survive.
The wonder is that she hadn’t already qualified for the Breeders’ Cup. Alpha Centauri, the Irish filly who has been the star of the season so far in Europe, swept home for a fourth straight Group 1 triumph in Sunday’s Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville to seal a starting berth in the BC Mile in the World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 2-3.
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