Horse Racing’s Richest Night of Racing Sees California Chrome Win Dubai World Cup
Horse racing’s richest night of racing continued at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and California Chrome continued his global gallop with a victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-1) today.
The 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year became North America’s all-time leader in Thoroughbred earnings when the 5-year old dominated the 12-horse field down the stretch to win as the 6-5 favorite in the American wagering pool. Mubtaahij moved along the rail to finish second three lengths behind while Hoppertunity rallied up for third.
California Chrome ran 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.83 with his saddle slipping farther and farther down the lane. He had a wide trip throughout prompting majority owner Perry Martin’s comments.
“I was thinking, ‘Damn you, Victor. Five wide the whole way,'” Martin said after the race. His anxiety vanished “200 meters before the finish line” when ‘Chrome turns to Gold’ pulled away with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard.
California Chrome earned $6 million as the winner’s share of the $10 million World Cup purse to boost his career earnings over $12.5 million, surpassing Curlin.
Among other Americans in Saturday’s field, Frosted ran 5th, Mshawish 6th and Keen Ice 8th.
The $10 million Dubai World Cup is one of UAE’s biggest social and sporting events, and nearly 50,000 racegoers attend each year. The world’s finest horses and riders compete for $30 million in prize money on the shores of Dubai, and California Chrome gave fans an exciting finish in the World Cup when he unleashed a burst exiting the last turn and left his rivals in the dust in the world’s richest race.