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2014 Dubai Duty Free Results

Date: 03/29/2014

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 field of 13 older horses went to post, with Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) and Hong Kong Vase (G1) runner-up The Fugue sent off as the 5-2 favorite. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Just a Way, winner of the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1) andthe Nakayama Kinen (G2), and 7-2 third chioice Vercingetorix, winner of the Jebel Hatta (G1), the local prep for this event.

Just a Way draws off in the stretch

Jockey Yutaka Take sent 20-1 Tokei Halo to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 25.02, 47.12, and 1:10.53 over the good turf course while pressed by 25-1 Blazing Speed and 18-1 Tasaday. Entering the stretch, the pacesetters tired from their front end battle, setting the race up for the closers. Just a Way, who sat 11th early under Yuichi Fukinaga, moved up to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole, getting the mile in 1:34.04. Vercingetorix, 8th early, put in a strong late rally but to no avail as Just a Way cruised past the post 6 1/4 lengths clear in a new course record time of 1:45.52. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to 5-1 fourth choice Dank third, while favorite The Fugue checked in 11th.

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

 2  Just a Way                 $8.60    $3.20     -
11  Vercingetorix                -      $3.80     -
10  Dank                         -	$4.20     -

Running time - 1:45.52

$1.00 EXACTA 2-11               $23.10
$1.00 TRIFECTA 2-11-10         $114.80
$1.00 SUPERFECTA 2-11-10-1   $1,003.10

Left: Just a Way in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Naosuke Sugai said, We had two tactics: one was to get in a good position from gate 2 or Plan b was to sit behind in midfield as we did in the Tenno Sho. The jockey went for Plan B and gave him one of the best rides Ive seen.

Right: Just a Way heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Yuichi Fukunaga said, He didnt start well and I wanted to take a midfield position but Vercengetorix was where I wanted to be. I decided to follow him and when I got to the straight he accelerated very well as I thought he would."

Left: Second place finisher Vercingetorix warms up before the race. Jockey Christophe Soumillon said, I thought Id win when we turned for home so I was left speechless when the Japanese horse came flying past me. Trainer Mike de Kock added, I thought ours ran a huge race but like everybody else I was left gobsmacked by the winner. Without him, we would still have broken the track record."

Right: Third place finisher Dank warms up before the race. Jockey Ryan Moore said, The winner was alongside me for the first half of the race. I was caught in traffic and felt (Dank) was the second-best horse in the race. She ran a great race after her five-month absence (from the track).

Beaten favorite and 11th place finisher The Fugue warms up before the race. Jockey William Buick said, Im speechless. I cant explain it. I've never known her like that. She ran very flat. We'll just put a line through it. She just wasn't at the races today."

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