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DUBAI: The US$2 million Group Two UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group received 136 horses entered, with a strong international contingent that will be seeking to break the stranglehold by UAE-based trainer Saeed bin Suroor and South Africa's Mike de Kock who are the only conditioners to win in 12-year history of the race.

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Triple Crown-winner Orfevre (JPN) claimed the Japan Racing Association (JRA)’s 2011 Horse of the Year title for several outstanding achievements during his three-year-old season, coming just one vote short of becoming the fourth unanimous pick for the JRA’s highest honor. The son of Stay Gold garnered the highest number of votes for any winner of this prestigious award in the last 10 years, and also distinguished himself as the unanimous choice for the Best Three-Year-Old Colt award.

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Defending champion John Doyle heads a record field of 482 horseplayers who will gather at Treasure Island Las Vegas on January 27-28 to vie for horse racing’s official title of “Handicapper of the Year” and a first-place prize of $1 million in the $1.6 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Sovereign Stable. The total estimated purse, which will be adjusted next Wednesday pending turnout at Treasure Island’s Last Chance tournament, represents an NHC record. This will be the first year in the event’s 13-year history that Treasure Island will host the NHC.

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Singapore-based trainer Steven Burridge has made a flying start to the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival and saddled his third winner from only four runners when Ip Man broke the track record in the concluding featured 1400m Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group handicap at Meydan on Saturday evening on a card, like Friday's, sponsored by the Al Naboodah Group.

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