Dubai ruler earns emotional victory

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — 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.

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left), the prime minister and ruler of Dubai, and Barzalona celebrate in   the winner's circle.   KAMRAN JEBREILI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left), the prime minister and ruler of Dubai, and Barzalona celebrate in the winner's circle.

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, who finished 12th

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

So You Think, the favorite, finished fourth.

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.

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