Breeders' Cup star Roy H gets ready for date in Dubai
Preview: USA, Saturday 9.30pm GMT
Santa Anita: Palos Verdes Stakes (Grade 2) 6f | dirt | 4yo+
Breeders' Cup winner Roy H (Peter Miller/Kent Desormeaux), recently crowned champion sprinter at the Eclipse Awards, breaks from the rail in a field of five as he kicks off his six-year-old campaign.
Connections are eyeing the Dubai Golden Shaheen after this $200,000 test, which also features Mongolian Saturday (Enebish Ganbat/Flavien Prat), who has won only once since his victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Also on Saturday
Aqueduct: Withers Stakes (Grade 3) 1m1f | dirt | 3yo (9.35pm GMT, live on ATR)
The New York route to the Kentucky Derby begins with an intriguing clash between Grade 1 winner Firenze Fire (Jason Servis/Trevor McCarthy), who landed the Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old, and Godolphin's Nashua Stakes victor Avery Island (Kiaran McLaughlin/Joe Bravo).
Todd Pletcher, always so dangerous in Triple Crown prep races, saddles three headed by maiden winner Marconi (Manny Franco), who gets 6lb from the Graded-stakes pair.
Gulfstream Park: Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f | dirt | 3yo (10.49pm GMT, live on ATR)
Enticed (Kiaran McLaughlin/Joel Rosario), at this stage Godolphin's leading Kentucky Derby hope, faces a tricky test as he makes his three-year-old debut against Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy (Dale Romans/Luis Saez) in this $350,000 contest.
Santa Anita: San Pasqual Stakes (Grade 2) 1m1f | dirt | 4yo+ (12pm GMT)
After making the frame in the last two editions of the Dubai World Cup, Mubtaahij (Bob Baffert/Drayden van Dyke) has his prep for this year's race. Rivals are headed by Accelerate (John Sadler/Victor Espinoza), who beat Arrogate at Del Mar last summer.