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DUBAI YOU X Y Z CONNECTS THE DOTS AND CONTINUES HIS RISE TO EARN SHOT AT STAKES RACE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2011) – Dubai You X Y Z, a 4-year-old gelding who began his career by winning a maiden claimer at odds of 52-1, continued his ascent up racing’s ladder Thursday with a three-quarter length victory in Santa Anita’s $59,400 feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
With Brice Blanc in the saddle, Dubai You X Y Z outfinished 7-5 favorite Bogie in the optional claimer to earn an opportunity in stakes company in his next start, according to trainer Mark Tsagalakis. “It think it’s time to try it,” Tsagalakis said in the winner’s circle.
The Kentucky-bred son of E Dubai, owned by MT Racing Stable, rallied from fourth in the field of six to cross the wire in 1:36.22. Bogie, who pressed the early pace after closing strongly in his earlier races, held second by one length over Waltzing With Blue.
The second choice at odds of 3-1, Dubai You X Y Z gained his fourth win in five career starts. “The way he shows up every time is just a joy,” said Tsagalakis. “And he’s still looking around out there. I think he can just get better.”
His winning purse of $35,400 boosted the earnings of Dubai You X Y Z to $100,200 following his modest beginning.
Tsagalakis recalled his first start at Santa Anita one year ago. “You try to start them in the easiest place you can unless they are Man o’War, and, of course, he isn’t Man o’War,” said the 47-year-old trainer.
Following the triple digit payoff in his debut, Dubai You X Y Z hit the sidelines before returning in November at Hollywood Park to capture a starter allowance competition. The only blemish on his record is a third-place finish when winding up just a head behind the winner.
Dubai You X Y Z settled into fourth on Thursday as Ace of Aces set the pace into the stretch with Bogie racing in second. The winner rallied three deep into the stretch to collar Bogie, who had taken over in the final furlong after Ace of Aces began a fade to last.
For his fourth victory, Dubai You X Y Z paid $8.40, $3.80 and $3.20. Bogie, ridden by Garrett Gomez, paid $3.20 and $2.60. Waltzing With Blue, with Martin Garcia aboard, paid $4 to show.
Racing continues on Friday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program beginning at 1 p.m.