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2003 Dubai World Cup Card Final Entries

Date: 03/26/2003


In its short history, the Dubai World Cup has quickly established itself as one of the world's most important races. With its huge purse of $6 million, the largest offered in all of racing, top horses from around the world have shipped in to the ancestral home of the Thoroughbred in hopes of capturing the winner's share and the unofficial title of Horse of the World.

Street Cry was the runaway winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup.
For the inaugural running in 1996, America's champion Cigar bested California invader Soul of the Matter to continue his winning streak which had begun in November of 1994. Jerry Bailey returned in 1997 to win again, this time aboard Sheikh Mohammed's Singspiel, the 1996 Japan Cup winner and the runner up in the Breeders' Cup Turf. In 1998, Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, nosed out Swain for the payoff. In 1999 Silver Charm returned to defend his title and for the first time in history a Kentucky Derby winner faced an Epsom Derby winner, High-Rise. However, the big longshot Almutawakel shocked everyone and gave the home team its second win. In 2000, Godolphin sent out Dubai Millennium, so named because they fully expected him to win that year's running. He did not disappoint, beating top U.S. handicap horse Behrens by a widening eight lengths. Last year, Godolphin's then top horse Sakhee went off the favorite off his close second in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic, but stablemate Street Cry stole the show, giving Jerry Bailey his fourth World Cup win.

Harlan's Holiday will be the US favorite in the World Cup.
This year, the favorite is expected to be Godolphin's Nayef who won last year's Dubai Sheema Classic also at Nad al Sheba but on turf. Top US chance Harlan's Holiday is currently listed at 6-1 on Ladbrokes. There are several other US horses entered in the undercard races, especially in the Golden Shaheen sprint. Xtra Heat was to have run in the Golden Shaheen, but injured herself in her stall Thursday evening and had to be scratched.

Final entries have now been taken and post positions drawn. Note that the saddle cloth numbers are alphabetical by weight but post positions are random. The races will be shown on TVG live Saturday morning March 29th and via tape delay on FOX Sports Net on April 2 from 3:00-3:30pm EST. Check here for other broadcast times and locations around the world. Most tracks will be taking wagers on at least the World Cup and possibly some of the undercard, so check with your local track or OTB to see what their hours are for Saturday.

Following is the field for the Dubai World Cup, in post-position order, with jockeys, trainers, and country of Representation. All starters carry 128 pounds except the mare Aquarelliste, who will carry 124. You can view the program pages with saddle cloth numbers and links to summary past performances (click the horse's name) for all the races on the card here. DRF past performances for the World Cup card are here.

1. AquarellisteFranceDominique BoeufElie Lellouche
2. State ShintoUAEJohnny MurtaghJohn Sadler
3. Sei MiSaudi ArabiaJose VelezJerry Barton
4. Hans AndersonSaudi ArabiaWigberto RamosAbdullah Mishref
5. Blue BurnerUSAKent DesormeauxBill Mott
6. GrundlefootSaudi ArabiaSebastian MadridKevin McAuliffe
7. NayefUKRichard HillsMarcus Tregoning
8. Crimson QuestSaudi ArabiaAlex SolisJerry Barton
9. GranderaUAEJamie SpencerSaeed bin Suroor
10. Harlan’s HolidayUSAJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher
11. Moon BalladUAEFrankie DettoriSaeed bin Suroor

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