Monterosso wins $10 million World Cup

MICHAEL CASEY AP Sports Writer Published:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Monterosso won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, in a victory for the ruler of Dubai after one of his horses was badly injured in another race.

The outcome Saturday also gave a boost to Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's stables, which had not won the race since 2006. All four of their horses were long shots.

Monterosso, who finished third in this race last year, beat Capponi by three lengths. Planteur was another half-length behind.

The favorite, So You Think, and last year's runner-up, Transcend, made a strong start. The Bill Mott-trained filly Royal Delta joined the leaders only to fade as did Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert. Baffert is recovering after his heart attack Monday in Dubai. Game On Due was ridden by Chantal Sutherland, the first female jockey to ride in this racing showcase.

The nine-card program has a total purse of $27.25 million.

Earlier, the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup was halted and called off after one of the sheik's horses tumbled to the track.

Godolphin's Fox Hunt, the second choice at 3-1, went down 300 yards into the 2-mile race, throwing jockey Silvestre De Sousa. The horse briefly attempted to get up but fell. De Sousa was unhurt while the extent of Fox Hunt's injury was unclear but appeared serious.

Stewards abandoned the race because there was not enough time to move the horse from the track. Fans at Meydan Racecourse were told the race would be rerun that day after the Dubai World Cup.

At the time the race was halted, Makani Bisty of Japan was in front and followed by Mikhail Glinka, owned by the Chechnya's Moscow-backed strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. Irish Flame was third.

The Dubai Gold Cup was added to the Dubai World Cup card for the first time this year.

In other races:

--Daddy Long Legs, trained by Aidan O'Brien, won the $2 million UAE Derby, holding off Yang Tse Kiang. O'Brien's victory came a year after his Master of Hounds lost a photo finish to Khawlah in the same race.

--Ortensia of Australia won the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, edging Sole Power and favorite Joy And Fun. Hayley Turner became the first woman to ride in a Dubai World Cup meet, finishing 10th on Margot Did.

--Krypton Factor chased down favorite Rocket Man in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, denying the Singapore-based horse a second consecutive victory in the race.

--Cityscape won the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, beating Mutahadee and City Style by more than four lengths. Ambitious Dragon, the favorite, was seventh and last year's winner, Presvis, finished 14th.

--Cirrus Des Aigles held off a late challenge from main rival St Nicholas Abbey to win the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.