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The trophies for all the Dubai World Cup card races. The total purses this year are over $21 million, richest night of racing anywhere in the world.
RESULTS AND PHOTOS HERE!
The world's richest race meeting and the world's richest horse race will be conducted at Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai. On Wednesday evening the post positions were drawn for the main event, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1), which features some of the best older horses in the world going 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on the main dirt track. Post positions for the big race and the undercard races are available below. Free past performances are available for the entire card from Equibase and DRF.
In the World Cup, 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, takes on 2006 Cigar Mile winner Discreet Cat in a battle between two brothers. Invasor is owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum while Discreet Cat races for his brother Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing. During last year's World Cup undercard, Discreet Cat defeated Invasor in the UAE Derby and this is their first meeting since that race despite both racing in America most of last year. Frankie Dettori will be aboard Discreet Cat while Invasor gets regular rider Fernando Jara. Also in the field are Breeders' Cup Classic third place finisher Premium Tap now racing for the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong based Bullish Luck. A compact field of seven is entered in the main event after Argentinian Storm Mayor was scratched earlier in the week.
Drawing the posts for the 2007 Dubai World Cup.
The undercard features the two richest turf races in the world, the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (G1) and the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1). Trainer Todd Pletcher has English Channel in the 1777 meter (about 1 1/8 mile) Duty Free where he will take on Santa Anita Handicap winner Lava Man and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Miesque's Approval in a full field of 16 runners. He also has two horses in the 2400 meter (about 1 1/2 miles) Sheema Classic, Host and Honey Ryder, who will face multiple Grade 1 winner Collier Hill, English Derby winner Sir Percy, and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Red Rocks. The two turf events may well be the most competitive on the card.
The $2 million Golden Shaheen (G1) is a 1200 meter (about 6 furlong) dirt sprint on a straightaway, with Todd Pletcher trainees Bishop Court Hill and Friendly Island taking on Kelly's Landing, Thor's Echo, and Nightmare Affair. The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2), run at 1600 meters on dirt, includes two California horses, Julio Canani trianee Dixie Meister and Doug O'Neill trainee Spring At Last.
|Post Time||Race Name|
|9:40 a.m. ET||Godolphin Mile|
|10:15 a.m. ET||UAE Derby|
|10:55 a.m. ET||Dubai Golden Shaheen|
|11:50 a.m. ET||Dubai Sheema Classic (T)|
|12:40 p.m. ET||Dubai Duty Free (T)|
|1:30 p.m. ET||Dubai World Cup|
Since betting is illegal in the UAE, the international wagering hub is located in South Africa and their rules apply. Win, exacta, and trifecta wagering are the same as the American versions, however, there is no show pool but bets to place pay to third place, like a show bet normally would. Churchill Downs Inc. and the Fair Grounds is the US host for the signal and wagering.
The races will be shown live in North America on HRTV in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada, and will be shown on tape delay on ABC in a 2 hour telecast starting at 2:30PM ET. Below are the post times for each of the races that will be simulcast in the US followed by the entries and post positions for the Dubai World Cup.
|1||Discreet Cat (USA)||Saeed bin Suroor||Frankie Dettori||8-5|
|2||Vermilion (JPN)||Sei Ishizaka||Christophe Lemaire||20-1|
|3||Bullish Luck (USA)||Tony Cruz||Brett Prebble||10-1|
|4||Kandidate (GB)||Clive Brittain||Seb Sanders||15-1|
|5||Premium Tap (USA)||John Kimmel||Kent Desormeaux||9-2|
|6||Forty Licks (ARG)||Ian Jory||Mick Kinane||15-1|
|7||Invasor (ARG)||Kiaran McLaughlin||Fernando Jara||6-5|
The post position draw for the Dubai World Cup was held at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort which is a gorgeous castle like building and part of a complex that includes the resort, shopping, and meeting facilities. Here are some photos from the event and the surroundings.
Left: Trainer Saeed bin Suroor drew post 1 for Discreet Cat.
Right: Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin drew post 7 for Invasor.
Portraits of several Dubai World Cup winners were commissioned this year and sold Thursday at an auction for children's charities. Here is the portait of Cigar by Thomas Allen Pauly of Illinois. This one sold for $50,000.
Left: The entrance to the mall on the property, Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Right: This is the building where the post position draw was held at Madinat Jumeirah.
Left: Another scenic view of the lovely grounds at Madinat Jumeirah.
Right: Part of the facilities is the Burj Al Arab hotel, the world's tallest all suite hotel which resembles a sailboat and has any luxury you can imagine.
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