Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Big City Man dies
By Jason Ford4.28PM 7 JUL 2009
Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Big City Man, the world’s top dirt sprinter this year and beaten just once in seven career outings, is reported to have died after a workout at Hollywood Park.
Three times a winning juvenile at Calder in Florida two years ago, the four-year-old went on to become one of the success stories of the Dubai Carnival after being purchased by privately by Prince Sultan Al Kabeer and sent to Saudi Arabian-based American Jerry Barton.
Big City Man won three of his four starts on the sand at Nad Al Sheba, taking the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint over 6f en route to victory in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen over the same course and distance on World Cup night, when he beat Indian Blessing by a length and a quarter.
The son of Northern Afleet was transferred to the California stable of Jeff Mullins at Hollywood Park to be prepared for the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar on August 8.
However, Barton’s assistant trainer reported on Facebook that the son of Northern Afleet had collapsed after a workout at the weekend.
Big City Man suffered the only defeat of his career in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal in Dubai in March, but his powerful Golden Shaheen victory next time out was rated the best dirt sprint performance of the season so far according to both RPR and official ratings.