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2012 UAE Derby Results

Date: 03/31/2012

The $2 million UAE Derby (G2) over 1900 meters (1 3/16 miles) is the only age-restricted race on World Cup night, open to 3-year-olds and meant to be the local prep for American Triple Crown contenders, however southern hemisphere 3-year-olds are recognized as 4-year-olds in the north and are not eligible for the Kentucky Derby. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote was sent off as the 3-1 favorite over 7-2 second choice Lucky Chappy, second in both the Kitten's Joy at Gulfstream and the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate, and 4-1 third choice Mickdaam, off his win in the local prep for this race, the Al Bastakiya (G3).

Daddy Long Legs draws off in the stretch

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy sent 10-1 Helmet to an uncontested lead first time by and he set slow fractions of 26.13, 50.54, and 1:15.19 over the fast Tapeta track, with 9-1 Daddy Long Legs stalking in second and 12-1 Maritimer third. Entering the stretch, Helmet tired allowing Daddy Long Legs to inherit the lead through a mile in 1:39.84. Aided by the slow early pace, Daddy Long Legs accelerated away to win by 1 3/4 lengths over 21-1 Yang Tse Kiang in 1:58.34. It was another 3/4 length back to favorite Wrote third.

Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

4th RACE MEYDAN - UAE DERBY (Group 2) 
 7    Daddy Long Legs      $22.80    $8.20    -
 8    Yang Tse Kiang (Fr)           $14.40    -
13    Wrote (Ire)                    $3.60    -

Running time - 1:58.35

$1.00 EXACTA 7-8              $300.00
$1.00 TRIFECTA 7-8-13       $1,699.70
$1.00 SUPERFECTA 7-8-13-6  $13,516.70

Left: Daddy Long Legs in the winner's enclosure. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "He was a good colt last year and obviously this was his first run of this season. He jumped, he travelled well and Colm gave him a great ride. He's got lots of class and that (Kentucky Derby) was the plan for the two of them coming here. You would definitely think that would be the plan for (Daddy Long Legs) at the moment."

Right: Daddy Long Legs heads back to the barn in his winner's blanket.

Left: Daddy Long Legs heads out to the track. Jockey Colm O'Donoghue said, "Had a dream run in second. He quickened really well. It's a great training effort by Aidan (O'Brien) to win this in his first run of the season against horses who were already primed and at their best. Hopefully he can keep improving from this. I think he can."

Right: Daddy Long Legs in the walking ring before the race.

Left: Second place finisher Yang Tse Kiang in the walking ring before the race. Jockey Thierry Jarnet said, "They went a good pace. My horse followed easily, travelling all right and coming into the straight, I slowly took him to the outside and he did everything he could. It's like a victory for us and I'm very happy for the trainer."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Wrote heads out to the track. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "I had a decent position. Just felt like he might have forward a bit better in the straight. I suppose it was a decent third."

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