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A world traveler with a new trainer, Mubtaahij punched his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a score in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in late September. The five-year-old has over $4.5 million in earnings thus far.
The son of Dubawi moved into Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s barn this July, and joins a virtual Baffert armada heading into battle in the Classic. His stablemates are the world’s richest horse and defending Classic champ Arrogate, Pacific Classic victor Collected and Travers Stakes winner West Coast.
The Baffert fleet of Classic hopefuls have a staggering $23 million plus in earnings between them.
Mubtaahij won the Awesome Again by 1 ½ lengths, breaking a 10-race losing streak. “I think the blinkers kept (him) more focused today," Baffert said of the equipment change. "I didn't want to change too much, though. He's a classy horse. ... This horse—his last two works really impressed us. I just threw him in here and he has the class. He's proven."
The well-traveled Mubtaahij began his career in England, then made several starts in the United Arab Emirates, including a resounding eight-length victory in the 2015 U.A.E. Derby. That score earned him a coveted starting spot in the Kentucky Derby, where he ran eighth behind eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Mubtaahij went on to finish fourth in the historic Belmont Stakes before returning to the Dubai.
He has continued to pick up frequent flyer miles between the United States and the U.A.E. over the last two years. In 2016, he finished second to California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup, was third in the Whitney and second in the Woodward before a fourth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
In his only other starts this year, Mubtaahij was runner-up in a Meydan handicap this past February and then was fourth in his second World Cup attempt behind his now stablemate Arrogate.