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2022 UAE Derby Results

Date: 3/26/2022

The $1 million Mubadala UAE Derby (G2) over 1900 meters (1 3/16 miles) on the main track at Meydan is the only age-restricted race on World Cup night, open to 3-year-olds and worth 100 points to the winner as part of 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. Hyacinth Stakes winner Combustion was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the full field of 16. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Pinehurst, winner of the Saudi Derby (G3) after finishing second in the San Vicente (G2), and 5-1 third choice Azure Coast, undefeated winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3).

Crown Pride leads down the stretch in the UAE Derby

Jockey Mickael Barzalona sent 25-1 Summer is Tomorrow to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 24.72, 47.63, 1:11.81, and 1:37.90 while pressed by 7-1 fourth choice Sekifu and stalked by Pinehurst and Combustion. On the far turn Pinehurst tired badly to eventually finish last. 16-1 Crown Pride, 5th early under Damien Lane, took over at the 1/8 pole and drew off late to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Summer is Tomorrow in 1:59.76. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 40-1 Island Falcon third, while favorite Combustion tired at the top of the stretch finishing 11th beaten 20 1/4 lengths.

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

5th RACE MEYDAN - UAE DERBY (Group 2) 7 Crown Pride 34.90 18.00 10.10 14 Summer is Tomorrow 31.40 15.60 10 Island Falcon 24.90 Running time - 1:59.76 $1.00 EXACTA 7-14 657.30 $1.00 TRIFECTA 7-14-10 23,207.40 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 7-14-10-5 413,483.00

Left: Crown Pride heads to the winner's enclosure. Winning jockey Damian Lane said, "He stepped out okay but didn't travel too well thereafter and it just took a little bit to get him in a rhythm and get him going. I got crowded a little early but as I say he was able to stride through and take up position and it was plain sailing from there really. I was confident a long way out and although he made hard work of it in the straight, ultimately he was the toughest out there. He's a strong, tough horse and saw the distance out well."

Right: Crown Pride heads back to the barn. Owner Teruya Yoshida said, “He’s nominated for the Kentucky Derby and I am not against going. Mile and a quarter for him is no problem. Things have changed this last five and 10 years. Japan’s trainers have improved and our owners are big investors.”

Left: The trophy presentation for the UAE Derby. Lane added, "Whenever you jump aboard (a Japanese-trained horse) you can be confident they're going to be strong and they're going to run well and it's just a privilege to be a part of it."

Right: Crown Pride in the walking ring.

Left: Second place finisher Summer is Tomorrow heads out to the track before the race. Trainer Bhupat Seemar said, "This horse eats well, trains well, sleeps well – he is the perfect horse to have for any owner or trainer. Maybe we should have gone to the Guineas first and if he had a little bit of a longer race in him, he would have finished a little closer. The furthest he'd gone before today was seven furlongs, but he'd shown so much natural speed. At least we have a good horse for next year."

Right: Third place finisher Island Falcon heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Pat Cosgrave said, "The added trip was in his favour and he ran well."

Eleventh place finisher and beaten favorite Combustion in the walking ring before the race. The Keizo Ito trainee has a record of 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 6 starts, earning $557,666 for owner-breeder Godolphin.

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