Striking A. P. Arrow to Carry Famous Silks

A.P. Arrow (Photo Credit: Michele MacDonald)More than one flashy chestnut horse has been catching the attention of railbirds at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse this week.

A. P. Arrow, a six-year-old son of A.P. Indy, has cut an impressive figure on the track under exercise rider Eddie King, drawing questions of "Who's that?" along with some oohs and ahhs, even when he has been out at the same time as that better known red streak called Curlin.

On Saturday, A. P. Arrow will be running in the historical shadow of inaugural Dubai World Cup winner Cigar, carrying the same "AP" silks that the two-time Horse of the Year toted for his late owner and breeder Allen Paulson.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, who is seeking his first winner in Dubai, A. P. Arrow was bred by and is campaigned by the Allen Paulson Living Trust.

"We're happy to get the AP silks back over here," Paulson's son Michael said during the World Cup post position draw, adding that A. P. Arrow's assignment of post 13 in the 13th year of the Dubai World Cup could be a good omen that might result in the horse being "number one like Cigar."

A. P. Arrow is giving indications back at the barn that please the Pletcher team. Assistant trainer Ginny De Pasquale displayed a bruise on her arm left by an aggressive bite by the horse on Wednesday morning.

But De Pasquale wasn't upset. She pointed out that Circular Quay had also bitten her just before he won the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) on March 8.


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A P Arrow looks fantastic, a distinct possibility for an upset...

27 Mar 2008 4:56 PM

A.P. Arrow and Curlin are both beautiful chestnuts-best of luck to both of them (& I hope they both run well) in the big race!!

27 Mar 2008 5:34 PM
Bud Miller

A.P. Arrow may resemble Curlin in looks, but that is where the comparison ends.  You will not be able to find him when those world class horses head for home down that long stretch run.  A.P. Arrow will be eating Dubai dust.  I am taking a stab (win bet) on Curlin.  He more than owes me after giving me disappointing betting results from last season.  Big Red, this is your last chance with me. . .don't disappoint.  

27 Mar 2008 5:47 PM

Curlin may be among the best horses who ever raced. Native Diver, Buckpasser,Man o War, Secretariat,Spectaular Bid,I have seen no chinks in his armor.

27 Mar 2008 7:16 PM
Abbie Knowles

Curlin is a truly great and very beautiful horse but his record so far is way short of Cigar's 16 straight wins!  Cigar was still racing and winning at the age of 6 so he has some way to go on that score too!  Well done to Sheikh Mohammed for his vision in making Dubai such a great racing Country and for the Dubai Carnival and the Dubai World Cup meeting.  Truly great racing with some of the best horses in the World in action.  This year's Dubai World Cup Day looks very special with an outstanding supporting card!  I can hardly wait for the action to begin!  I just pray all the horses and jockeys come back safe and sound.  God speed to them all!  Thank you to all who make this special day possible.

28 Mar 2008 12:09 PM

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