Some of the world's best horses traveled all the way to Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the ninth Dubai World Cup. The headline event, the world's richest race with a purse of $6 million, was the highly anticipated rematch between the top two finishers in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, winner Pleasantly Perfect and runner-up Medaglia d'Oro. Twelve went to post, set to travel the 2000-meter (about 1 1/4 mile) distance for the big prize.
Pleasantly Perfect beats Medaglia d'Oro by 3/4 of a length in the Dubai World Cup.
Winning trainer Richard Mandella said, "It was very satisfying. It's nice to get the job done. We would like to come back here because they make it worth your while. Pleasantly Perfect had a tough time in the beginning, we held our breath, I assumed it would be a lot easier. He will now get a nice long rest and the long term aim is the Breeders' Cup in October." Mandella dedicated the win to trainer and mentor Victor Jethro "Lefty" Nickerson, who passed away Friday after a lengthy illness. Mandella referred to him as "probably the best friend in my life".
Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia d"Oro duke it out down the stretch in the Dubai World Cup.
Weichong Marwing, aboard third place finisher Victory Moon, said "The other ones were just too good. He travelled well. He's a very good and still a young horse and we are not disappointed."
Jon Court, aboard pacesetter Fleetstreet Dancer, said "He broke alertly. He took the lead ran on gamely we just missed the money."
Results for US wagering from TVG:
1st 8-Pleasantly Perfect $7.40 $3.00 - 2nd 7-Medaglia D'oro $2.10 - 3rd 12-Victory Moon (Saf) 4th 5-Grand Hombre $2 EXACTA 8-7 $15.60 $2 TRIFECTA 8-7-12 $57.60 $1 TRIFECTA Box $28.80 $2 SUPERFECTA 8-7-12-5 $284.20 $1 SUPERFECTA Box $142.10 $2 PICK 3 3 of 3 9/5/8 $318.20 $2 PICK 3 3 of 3 9/7/8 $606.00On to the rest of the card
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