On Saturday, the eyes of the racing world were on Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai for the 10th running of the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world. In the main event, a field of twelve (after local hope Grand Hombre scratched) faced the starter in this
Roses In May winning the 2005 Dubai World Cup.
When the gate opened, jockey Weichong Marwing sent South African hope Yard-Arm to the front to set an honest pace, getting the quarter in and the half in 24.92 and 47.27, as John Velazquez stalked him to his outside with Roses in May. The favorite was full of run, so Velasquez loosened the reins allowing him to surge to the front leading into the far turn, getting 3/4 in 1:10.94. Turning for home, the favorite left little doubt, as he drew away to win by 3 lengths over late-closing 7-1 shot Dynever, in a final time of 2:02.17 over a fast main track. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 12-1 Choctaw Nation in third.
Winning trainer Dale Romans said, "I thought the only way we could get beat was if we had some bad luck, I wanted to take the race to them, I knew he had the stamina and that no one else could catch him. I hope I can bring him back here next year, I love this nation."
Winning owner Ken Ramsey said, "I feel like I have climbed a mountain tonight. We knew our horse had so much stamina that if they wanted to run with him early they were not going to last." Winning jockey John Velazquez quipped, "I hope this is the first of many."
Owner Ken Ramsey (right) leads Roses In May to the winner's circle with trainer Dale Romans (left).
Christophe Clement, trainer of second place finisher Dynever said, "He ran a great race. I wish he would have won but the winner was a better horse and I am delighted with the way he ran."
Victor Espinoza aboard third place finisher Choctaw Nation said, "He ran well. He got a little tired over the last sixth of a mile. I thought he was going to run second. I am really pleased with the way that he ran."
Results for US wagering from TVG:
7th RACE NAD AL SHEBA - DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1) 1st 11-Roses In May $4.20 $2.10 - 2nd 5-Dynever $4.20 - 3rd 3-Choctaw Nation $8.20 - 4th 8-Jack Sullivan $2 EXACTA 11-5 $27.00 $2 TRIFECTA 11-5-3 $164.80 $1 TRIFECTA Box $82.40 $2 SUPERFECTA 11-5-3-8 $2,252.60On to the rest of the card
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