Gloria De Campeao won the $10 million Dubai World Cup yesterday in a photo finish, nosing out long shot Lizard's Desire to capture the world's richest horse race.
Gloria De Campeao, Lizard's Desire and Allybar practically hit the wire together on the all-weather track at the newly opened Meydan Racecourse.
Two favorites - Britian-bred Gitano Hernando and U.S.-based Gio Ponti - never seriously challenged during the 11/4-mile race.
The World Cup was the highlight of an eight-race card worth $26 million. In earlier races, the Dubai royal family showed it remains a force in horse racing.
Al Shemali, owned by Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, won the $5 million Dubai Duty Free in one of the day's biggest upsets. It was the third victory for the royal family in the eight races, including the $1 million Godolphin Mile won by Calming Influence from Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin Racing stable.
'Mission' wins Louisana Derby
Mission Impazible pulled ahead just past the sixteenth pole to win his first race as a 3-year-old in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.
The Todd Pletcher-trained colt, ridden by Rajiv Maragh and starting from the second post at 7-1 odds, covered the 11/8-mile course in 1:50.32 and paid $16.20. A Little Warm, trained by Tony Dutrow, finished second by three-quarters of a length after breaking out of the gate in front and gaining the rail in the first turn.
Drosselmeyer, starting in the 13th post, used a strong stretch run to finish third, narrowly beating out Risen Star Stakes winner and Louisiana Derby 7-2 favorite Discreetly Mine, which wound up fourth.
Dean's Kitten takes Lane's End
Dean's Kitten ($15) took control at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park.
Dean's Kitten, trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, stalked pacesetter Ranger Heartley early then surged to the front to easily beat the field of nine 3-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile race over Polytrack.
Northern Giant was second. Connemara, who went off as the 8-5 favorite, was third.