Christophe Soumillon celebrates after winning the UAE Derby.
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The $2 million UAE Derby (G2) over 1900 meters (1 3/16 miles) on the synthetic track at Meydan is the only age-restricted race on World Cup night, open to 3-year-olds and does score 100 points to the winner under the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, however southern hemisphere 3-year-olds are recognized as 4-year-olds in the north and are not eligible for the Kentucky Derby. Al Bastakiya Stakes winner Mubtaahij was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 over 5-2 Golden Barows, winner of the Hyacinth Stakes, and 9-2 Sir Fever, second in the Al Bastakiya after sweeping the Triple Crown in his native Uruguay.
Shortly after the start of the UAE Derby
Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:
Left: Mubtaahij in the winner's enclosure. Jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "I was just behind the leaders and the pace was good, so I followed it into the straight."
Right: Mubtaahij in the paddock before the race. Soumillon added, "I was going very easily and as soon as I pressed the button it was all over. In the end, I kept some energy for the future, especially if he goes to the Kentucky Derby."
Left: Second place finisher Maftool warms up before the race. Jockey Paul Hanagan said, "He was a bit naughty in the gate. He didn't jump and that was the start of it. He was never travelling at any stage. He stays - I just wish he could have helped me more."
Right: Third place finisher Golden Barows warms up before the race. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "The pace was slow and I had pressure from the outside. They didn't go very fast and he was keen early and didn't relax. He didn't really stay in the end but he'll be okay. The 1900m was a little long, maybe 1600m is his best distance."
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