Monterosso wins $10 million World Cup

MICHAEL CASEY AP Sports Writer Published:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Monterosso won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, in a victory Saturday for Dubai's ruler after one of his horses was badly injured in another race.

The outcome provided a big boost for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's stables, which had not won this showcase since 2006.

"I feel over the moon," Sheik Mohamed told The Associated Press. "We haven't won this race for many years. It was a pleasant surprise really. We had as good of a chance as anyone but we are at home and training here. I'm very happy we won after so many years."

Monterosso, who finished third last year, was ridden by Mickael Barzalona. The 5-year-old British horse, trained by Mahmood al Zarooni, beat Capponi by three lengths to give Godolphin Stables a 1-2 finish. Planteur was another half-length behind.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, recovering after a heart attack in Dubai on Monday, entered Game On Dude and was able to put the 12th-place finish in perspective.

"Tough day but so happy to be outdoors again enjoying the sport I love," Baffert tweeted.

Game On Dude's jockey was Chantal Sutherland, the first woman to ride in this race.

So You Think, the favorite, and Transcend, last year's runner-up, got off to a strong start. The Bill Mott-trained filly Royal Delta joined the leaders only to fade as did Game On Dude.

So You Think, an Irish horse, finished fourth while Royal Delta was ninth.

The Dubai World Cup was the headliner on a nine-race card with a total purse of $27.25 million.

Earlier, the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup was halted during the race after one of the sheik's horses tumbled to the track. Godolphin's Fox Hunt, the second choice at 3-1, went down 300 yards into the 2-mile race, throwing jockey Silvestre De Sousa.

The horse attempted to get up but fell. De Sousa was unhurt while the extent of Fox Hunt's injury was unclear but appeared serious.

The race was rerun after the Dubai World Cup and won by Opinion Poll, also from Mohammed's Godolphin stables, giving him a third win on the day. At the time the race was stopped, Makani Bisty of Japan was in front and followed by Mikhail Glinka, owned by the Chechnya's Moscow-backed strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

The Dubai Gold Cup was added to the Dubai World Cup card for the first time this year.

In other races at Meydan Racecourse:

--Daddy Long Legs, trained by Aidan O'Brien, won the $2 million UAE Derby, holding off Yang Tse Kiang. O'Brien's victory came a year after his Master of Hounds lost a photo finish to Khawlah in the same race.

--Ortensia of Australia won the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, edging Sole Power and favorite Joy And Fun. Hayley Turner became the first woman to ride in a Dubai World Cup meet, finishing 10th on Margot Did.

--Krypton Factor chased down favorite Rocket Man in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, denying the Singapore-based horse a second consecutive victory in the race.

--Cityscape won the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, beating Mutahadee and City Style by more than four lengths. Ambitious Dragon, the favorite, was seventh and last year's winner, Presvis, finished 14th.

--Cirrus Des Aigles held off a late challenge from main rival St. Nicholas Abbey to win the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.