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2008 Dubai World Cup Results

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Jay Peg wins the 2008 Dubai Duty Free
Jay Peg wins the 2008 Dubai Duty Free

Jay Peg wins the 2008 Dubai Duty Free

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The first turf race on Dubai World Cup day is the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, a 1777 meter (1 1/8 mile) event at Nad al Sheba, with a full field of 16 going to post. Godolphin entrant Literato was sent off as the 3-1 favorite in the international pool, exiting three straight wins including the Champion Stakes at Newmarket. Tied for second choice on the board were 4-year-old filly Darjina, third in the Hong Kong Mile last time out, and the other Godolphin entrant, Creachadoir, who was second by a nose in the Hong Kong Mile.

Jay Peg went to the lead soon after the start, and set a pace of 22.66, 47.16, and 1:11.61 over the good turf course while being stalked by Floral Pegasus and Seachange the whole way. Entering the stretch, Seachange moved up to challenge and took over the lead briefly, as a cavalry charge ensued. Darjina, who was 7th early, closed with a rush on the outside to take over the lead with a furlong to go, getting the mile in 1:33.28. However, early pacesetter Jay Peg, who stayed on the rail the whole way around, came on again late when asked by jockey Anton Marcus to prevail over Darjina by just 1/2 a length in 1:46.20 over the "good" turf, a new course record. It was just a nose back to Archipenko who sat midpack early and closed well late. Favorite Literato raced in 13th early. Moved up to 7th at the top of the stretch, but faded in the final furlong to finish a disappointing 12th.

Results chart - from Emirates Racing Authority

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