The winner of the Dubai World Cup 2013– the “world’s richest day in racing” with total prizemoney of US$27,250 million for the showcase of nine races – held on March 30, is Animal Kingdom.
Animal Kingdom – Kentucky Derby winner from US – takes Dubai title and wins $10 million Dubai World Cup 2013.
The Dubai World Cup raceday features three of the most valuable contests in the world of racing: the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, sponsored by Longines, the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and the famed US$10million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airlines, those events are all Group One status and are joined by Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News, Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD and the Dubai Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians and sponsored by Emaar. Additionally, the day includes the Group Two UAE Derby, sponsored by Al Naboodah, the Group Two Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat, and in 2012 the Group Three Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, joined the programme as a 3,200 metre turf event with a purse of US$1 million.
Irish raider St Nicholas Abbey upstaged Japanese star Gentildonna to win Race Eight the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (2,410m on turf), presented by Longines.
Silvestre De Sousa gave Godolphin its second win of the night spurring Sajjhaa to victory in Race Seven the Group One $5-million Dubai Duty Free. The six-year old gave trainer Saeed bin Suroor his second winner as he came from behind to win a thrilling race.
Godolphin’s last win in the Dubai Duty Free came in 2000 with Rhythm Band. Dale Romans’s Little Mike did the early running before South African raider The Apache stormed into the lead with 100 metres to go.
But Sajjhaa surged past The Apache to win convincingly.