DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Prince Bishop pulled away from race favorite California Chrome on the home straight to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup by two and three-quarter lengths on Saturday. [more]
Mubtaahij took charge in the stretch and easily won the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in one of Saturday's undercard races at the Dubai World Cup. The 3-year-old colt bred in Ireland, trained by a South African and ridden by a Frenchman, is likely headed next to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky on May 2, said trainer Mike de Kock. Mubtaahij, sent off as the favorite in the field of 10, followed pace-setters Golden Barrows and Tap That before jockey Christophe Soumillon's took off with his colt and blew away the competition with an eight-length victory. ''This has given us a chance to get to the Kentucky Derby,'' de Kock said. [more]
By Martin Dokoupil DUBAI (Reuters) - California Chrome’s owners believe they have a perfect draw in the outside nine gate to land the 20th running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race on Saturday. Nine is a perfect position for our horse,” trainer Art Sherman said of the favorite, the 2014 American Horse of the Year after landing Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. Tomorrow we’ll gallop and take him to the paddock,” Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, told Reuters after Chrome’s light track work on Thursday. “He has not missed an oat, he’s eaten fantastic so we just hope we’ll get a good trip and put on a good show,” he said. After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, failing in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.