Instead of running for $4 million in one race in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next year, Maryland-bred Cigar is expected to run in a bonus series of California races that could be worth $6 million, the horse's owner said yesterday.
"We'd like to give racing a shot in the arm by running this horse in the U.S. as much as possible," said Allen Paulson, who bred and races Cigar, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic last month at Belmont Park and a cinch for 1995 Horse of the Year.
Cigar, a 5-year-old, will start next year on a 12-race winning streak, having registered 10 of those victories in 1995. After winning the Classic, Paulson and his trainer, Bill Mott, indicated that Cigar would be running in a new race, the $4 million Dubai World Cup on March 27, but they changed plans when it became clear that three California tracks -- Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar -- were going to pay a $3 million bonus to any horse sweeping their three million-dollar races.
The races will include the Santa Anita Handicap in March, the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park in July and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August.