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Over 50,000 spectators from around the world congregated at Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai for the seventh running of the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race and the world's richest day of racing. $2.7 million was wagered in North America alone on the last four races on the card, an increase of 36.7% over the previous year, further demonstrating the increasing importance and popularity of the World Cup. Despite the unusually low turnout of American runners this year, the racing was still very competitive with a few surprises such as Val Royal's sound defeat in the Duty Free and Sakhee's dismissal by stablemate Street Cry. For races not listed below, check here.
1 1/4 miles on the dirt
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Essence of Dubai Dettori no wagering 5 Total Impact Stevens 9 Ibn al Haitham Hills
1 1/2 miles on the turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 12 Nayef Hills 6.00 3.80 3.40 5 Helene Vitality Mosse 43.40 18.20 1 Boreal Fallon 15.40
6 furlongs on the dirt
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Caller One Stevens 8.40 6.00 3.40 6 Echo Eddie Valenzuela 6.20 2 40 12 Xtra Heat Vega 2.10
1 1/8 miles on the turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 16f Terre a Terre Soumillon 25.60 10.00 6.20 5 Noverre Dettori 6.60 5.20 15f Hoeberg Geroudis 25.60 10.00 6.20
1 1/4 miles on the dirt
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Street Cry Bailey 10.40 5.80 2.60 7 Sei Mi Velez 62.80 7.40 6 Sakhee Dettori 2.10
The Dubai World Cup was expected to be a coronation for 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee. However, jockey Jerry Bailey, aboard stablemate Street Cry, stole the show. Sakhee, unable to keep up with Street Cry in the stretch, faded as Sei Mi rallied from twenty lengths back to finish second. It was 4 1/2 lengths from Street Cry to Sei Mi and another 4 1/2 back to Sakhee. American invader Western Pride, leased to a Saudi prince for the one start, finished ninth after pressing the early pace. Racing manager Simon Crisford said, "I would say it is more than likely he will not be seen on turf this season. He will be based at Belmont in the summer and trained from there."
Jockey Jerry Bailey, having won four of the seven Dubai World Cups, said, "It's great to have a horse that has so much in front of him. This is the world's richest race, an amazing race and it will always get the headlines. The race went perfectly and he quickened brilliantly."
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