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2001 Dubai World Cup

Dateline: 03/21/01
By: Terence Dulay

Results

In its short history, the Dubai World Cup has quickly established itself as one of the world's most important races. With its huge purse of $6 million, the largest offered in all of racing, top horses from around the world have shipped in to the ancestral home of the Thoroughbred in hopes of capturing the winner's share and the unofficial title of Horse of the World.


Captain Steve
currently the co-favorite for the Dubai World Cup
photo courtesy of Bill Selwyn
For the inaugural running in 1996, America's champion Cigar bested California invader Soul of the Matter to continue his winning streak which had begun in November of 1994. Jerry Bailey returned in 1997 to win again, this time aboard Sheikh Mohammed's Singspiel, the 1996 Japan Cup winner and the runner up in the Breeders' Cup Turf. In 1998, Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, nosed out Swain for the payoff. In 1999 Silver Charm returned to defend his title and for the first time in history a Kentucky Derby winner faced an Epsom Derby winner, High-Rise. However, the big longshot Almutawakel shocked everyone and gave the home team its second win. Finally, in 2000, Godolphin sent out Dubai Millennium, so named because they fully expected him to win that year's running. He did not disappoint, beating top U.S. handicap horse Behrens by a widening eight lengths.

This year twelve horses will go to the post on Saturday March 24th to try and take home the $2.4 million prize for the winner, going 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) over the dirt track at Nad al Sheba racecourse in Dubai. Unfortunately due to the foot-in-mouth disease epidemic in the U.K., no British horses were able to make the trip. Representing the United States are Captain Steve, trained by Bob Baffert, and Aptitude, trained by Bobby Frankel. Last year, Aptitude finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, while in his last start, Captain Steve won the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on February 3rd.


Rival trainers Bob Baffert and Saeed bin Suroor at the post position draw
photo courtesy of Bill Selwyn
The home team is represented by Broche, Ekraar, State Shinto, and Best of the Bests. Like Dubai Millennium, Best of the Bests was so named because the Sheikh expects him to win this race. In his last start he won the listed Maktoum Challenge Round 2, going about 1 1/8 miles in a respectible 1:47.85 over the same track as the World Cup.

Past performances will be available online from Daily Racing Form and many US tracks will be taking the race as a simulcast via Arlington Park. It will also be shown live on TVG and on ESPN on March 29th via tape delay. Below is the field with odds from William Hill Bookmakers in England plus each horse's name links to his current form from Racing Post.

Dubai World Cup

Purse: $6,000,000     Distance: about 1 1/4 miles
Prog.
#
PostHorseCountryTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
6 1Early Warning Saudi Arabia al Shibani Madrid 40-1
4 2Broche UAE bin Suroor Flores 16-1
7 3Ekraar UAE bin Suroor Hills 14-1
1 4Aptitude USA Frankel Stevens 6-1
12 5To the Victory Japan Ikee Take 25-1
9 6Regular Member Japan Yamamoto Matsunaga 50-1
2 7Aristotle Singapore Thwaites Saimee 40-1
8 8Hightori France Demercastel Mosse 7-1
11 9State Shinto UAE Sadler Durcan 25-1
3 10Best of the Bests UAE bin Suroor Dettori 7-4
5 11Captain Steve USA Baffert Bailey 7-4
10 12Sei Mi Saudi Arabia Barton McCarron 100-1
Free past performances from DRF
Undercard stakes races with entries and past performances
Dubai World Cup full card analysis

All photos by Bill Selwyn. Logo courtesy of Dubai World Cup.

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