O’Neill Trainee Fore Left Will Represent USA In Thursday’s UAE 2000 Guineas

Reddam Racing’s multiple stakes winner Fore Left will look to land a few ‘firsts’ in Thursday’s Group 3 $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas. Already part of the first American string at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, the Doug O’Neill trainee seeks to become the earliest-ever American victor at the Carnival. Within his own career, a win would be a first beyond a sprint distance for the 3-year-old son of in-form stallion Twirling Candy, having won the Tremont Stakes at Belmont and Sunny Slope Stakes at Del Mar in 2019.

“He has a lot of confidence right now,” reported Leandro Mora, assistant trainer. “I think a lot of that is due to the track and how he adjusted really well to it. The distance of a mile here is tricky, but I think, with it being around one turn, horses like him think it’s a six or six and a half-furlong race and because of that I like his chances a lot.”

A winner of three from eight, he exits failed experiments over all-weather and turf courses, resulting in a third in the Golden Nugget Stakes and eighth in the Cecil B. DeMille (G3) in California. Unraced in two months, he is likely to show ample pace.

“Early on, we thought he was a legit (Kentucky) Derby horse, but that faded a little bit and we tried to change his style and that didn’t help; even tried him on turf as an experiment,” Mora continued. “We tried to rate him a little bit and I don’t think he likes that style. He wants to be forward in first or second and then go for home. Even if he’s not in front, as long as he’s up there, he has a big chance. As far as the post, I like to be outside, but being inside doesn’t matter too much, because he usually breaks really well. We ran out of Kentucky Derby hopes, but we hope he unleashes a good run for UAE Derby hopes.”

Fore Left drew barrier 14 of 16 on Tuesday morning.

Mora will have a busy Thursday evening, as he has four other races in which to saddle horses. Chief among those is the top-rated (109) of O’Neill’s 11, R3 Racing and Calara Farm’s G3 winner Blitzkrieg, who wheels back two weeks and drops in trip after a respectable fourth in the $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort (G2). He will now contest the $175,000 Dubai Sprint (Listed)—his first try on a straight course.

“His best races before we stretched him out to a mile were over six and a half furlongs down the hill at Santa Anita, so I think he will enjoy the layout of the (six furlongs) here,” Mora said. “We have a feeling he’s going to be good as gold this time and he came out of the last one really good, so that’s why he’s back in. Otherwise, we would give him more time. It is very difficult to beat Godolphin and the Europeans here on the turf and we know that, but I have big hopes for him.”

W C Racing’s Wildman Jack and One Flew South—owned by his trainer, William Strauss and Terri Tucker—have entered the seven-furlong turf sprint handicap, which carries a $135,000 purse and was split into two 10-horse fields. Wildman Jack is rated 98, while One Flew South is a similar 95, but both enter with very different form lines. Wildman Jack has done little wrong in five starts, all in turf sprints and never finishing out of the top three. On the other hand, One Flew South has yet to win since his Nov. 2018 debut and enters off a seventh in turf conditions company, which was his fifth consecutive loss.

“Wildman Jack has been doing great at five and five and a half furlongs, but he’s bred to go longer,” Mora said. “We trained his sire Goldencents, who was a miler, so we think he should be fine going seven furlongs. He will be in front or near it. Back at Del Mar, he was so nervous and lost too much energy, but he has been very calm and quiet in Dubai.

“We have always thought One Flew South was a good horse and he was once on the Derby trail,’ he continued. “He seems to be better on turf.”

Reddam Racing’s well-bred underachiever I Will Not completes O’Neill’s Thursday quintet. The full-brother to multiple stakes winner and Santa Anita course record setter Found Money will contest the seven furlong (turf) Meydan Classic Trial and owns a sole victory from four starts.

“He’s a challenge, but he has natural speed,” Mora said. “He will jump and go to the front, but he’s still green. We are hoping he turns things around, but he’s ready to run.

“We came here to run and as long as they’re healthy and happy, we’ll run them,” he concluded. “We were second and third last week (with Truck Salesman in the G3 Al Shindagha Sprint and Fight On in the dirt handicap) and all our horses are eating and training good, so hopefully we can get a win.”

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