Well Armed cruises in Dubai

horse racing

He wins Cup by 14 lengths

Quality Road takes Fla. Derby

March 29, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Well done, Well Armed.

Stretching the lead with every stride over the final 600 yards, Well Armed ran away with the $6 million Dubai World Cup by a record 14 lengths Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.

The 6-year-old gelding turned the final race at Nad al Sheba into one to remember and claimed the richest prize in horse racing. Next year, the track will be replaced by a $1.25 billion complex.

"Last race at Nad Al Sheba, and we won it!" winning jockey Aaron Gryder said.

Did they ever.

Well Armed took the lead out of the gate, then broke away from the pack in the stretch for the easy victory in which the favorites finished back in the 14-horse field.

The winning margin broke the record of 7 3/4 lengths set by Curlin last year.

Brazil-bred Gloria de Campeao was second, with Saudi-owned Paris Perfect third.

It was just the seventh win in 23 starts for Well Armed, trained by Eoin Harty and owned by Kentucky's WinStar Farm.

Earlier, Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed appeared to expand his Kentucky Derby options with the win of Regal Ransom in the $2 million UAE Derby, with stablemate Desert Party second.

In the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, Eastern Anthem won by a nose in a thrilling three-way finish.

The Ireland-bred 5-year-old, ridden by Ahmad Ajtebi, crossed first in a late surge over Spanish Moon and Purple Moon on the turf after 12 furlongs.

It was back-to-back victories for Ajtebi, who rode winner Gladiatorus in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free. Kip Deville, trained by Hagerstown native Rick Dutrow, was 10th in the Duty Free.

Florida Derby: : Quality Road held off previously unbeaten Dunkirk in the stretch to win the Grade I, $750,000 race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Next up: the Kentucky Derby, in which Quality Road will surely be one of the top choices. Quality Road finished in a track-record 1 minute, 47.72 seconds over the nine furlongs. Dunkirk placed second by nearly two lengths, and Theregoesjojo was third. ... Nicanor, Barbaro's little brother, finished second in an eight-horse maiden race at Gulfstream Park, falling short of breaking his maiden for the third straight time. Nicanor couldn't catch Glittermans Cartel.

Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap: : Bullsbay, with Jeremy Rose aboard, won the $50,000 race over nine furlongs by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.33 at Laurel Park. Senior finished second, and Admiral's Cruise was third.

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