Animal Kingdom pulled away down the straight to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday for the first American victory in the world’s richest horse race since 2009.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner took the lead from Royal Delta with 500 meters left and held off a fast-charging Red Cadeaux to win by two lengths. Planteur was third.
“He’s a tremendous horse,” jockey Joel Rosario said. “I let him do his thing, whatever he wanted to do.”
The victory may be the last hurrah for a horse that has struggled with injuries over the years – including one last year that prevented him from racing in the Dubai World Cup.
Animal Kingdom, trained by Graham Motion, has been sold to Australian company Arrowfield for breeding. The company chairman John Messara said they would discuss over the next few days whether the horse will race one more time – possibly at the Royal Ascot in Britain.
Courtesy: Associated Press