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2013 Dubai Duty Free Results

Date: 03/30/2013

The $5 million Dubai Duty Free (G1) is an 1800-meter (about 1 1/8 mile) trip around one turn of the turf course at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. A full field of 14 older horses went to post, with Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winner Little Mike sent off as the 2-1 favorite over 4-1 second choice Sajjhaa, winner of the Jebel Hatta (G1), and 6-1 third choice Trade Storm, off his win in the Zabeel Mile (G2)

Sajjhaa draws off in the stretch

Jockey Gary Stevens sent Little Mike to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 25.59, 49.20, and 1:13.30 over the firm course while pressed by 11-1 Igugu and Sajjhaa. At the 3/16 pole Little Mike tired as 10-1 The Apache, 4th early, moved up to take the lead through 1 mile in 1:36.29. Sajjhaa rallied in the final furlong to win by 1 3/4 length in a new course record time of 1:47.93. It was another 3/4 length back to 12-1 Giofra third, while Little Mike checked in 11th.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

7th RACE MEYDAN - DUBAI DUTY FREE (Group 1) 
 5  Sajjhaa (Gb)              $10.00    $2.80     -
10  The Apache (Saf)             -      $5.80     -
 9  Giofra (Gb)                  -	$8.60     -

Running time - 1:47.93

$1.00 EXACTA 5-10               $33.90
$1.00 TRIFECTA 5-10-9          $557.40
$1.00 SUPERFECTA 5-10-9-14   $3,293.40

Left: Sajjhaa heads to the winner's enclosure. Jockey Silvestre de Sousa said, "She's a wonderful filly, full of heart, and it was a great performance. She's just improved and improved since she came here. I had a good position early on and she made her way through on the inside. She's very tough and genuine, and I'm very pleased for her."

Right: Sajjhaa heads back to the barn with his new winner's blanket.

Left: Second place finisher The Apache in the walking ring before the race. Jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "I was very pleased with the run. My plan was to have my horse a little bit closer tonight. The winner was on the rail and I'd hoped she'd be kept there but a gap opened on the inside and I knew it was all over for me. The winner is very good."

Right: Third place finisher Giofra warms up. Jockey Maxime Guyon said, "There was enough pace for my filly to relax. We didn't go that fast but she didn't pull and she produced a nice turn of foot. For her first start, this was a really good performance."


Beaten favorite and 11th place finisher Little Mike. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "I set a nice pace. They really quickened it up and around the 3 1/2 furlong pole and they buried us in the stretch. They came to me quicker than I thought and they got away from me."

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