2009 Dubai World Cup Results
Well Armed Wins the 2009 Dubai World Cup
The $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1) is the world's richest horse race, and as a result, attracts top older horses from around the world to contest the 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip on the dirt. Conditions were less than ideal, as rains all week and intermittent showers on race day plagued fans and participants alike, with temperatures in the 70's. This year's edition marks the end of an era, as it was the final race to be run at historic Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, as next year, the Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup will move "next door" to the massive new Meydan Racecourse currently under construction. A field of 14 went to post on Saturday night, with Maktoum Challenge Round 3 winner Asiatic Boy sent off as the 2-1 choice over 7-2 Albertus Maximus, winner of the Donn Handicap and last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. 4-1 Casino Drive completed the top three on the tote, which was hosted in South Africa as betting is illegal in the UAE.
When the gate opened, jockey Aaron Gryder sent 10-1 shot Well Armed to the front, setting an easy pace of 25.29, 48.67, and 1:12.58 while being stalked by 10-1 My Indy and 25-1 Gloria de Campeao the whole way. Albertus Maximus moved up to challenge for the lead on the far outside on the far turn. However, Well Armed, aided by the slow early fractions, had plenty left for the long stretch run and easily dismissed him. With 2 furlongs remaining, Gryder asked Well Armed for run and got it, as the son of Tiznow quickly opened up a clear lead after 1 mile in 1:36.27. Gloria de Campeao broke free from the pack at the 3/16 pole but was already running for second money as Well Armed cruised past the winning post a record 14 lengths in front in a time of 2:01.01 over the fast main track. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to late-running 66-1 shot Paris Perfect third. Albertus Maximus faded in the lane to finish 6th beaten 22 1/2 lengths, while favorite Asiatic Boy never was in contention, finishing a well beaten 12th.
Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority. Results for US wagering:
7th RACE NAD AL SHEBA - DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)
7- Well Armed ; $21.00; $6.80 -
6- Glória De Campeão ; $23.80 -
13- Paris Perfect ; $46.40 -
Running time - 2:01.01
$1 Exacta 7-6; $529.70
$1 Trifecta 7-6-13; $23,252.10
$1 Superfecta 7-6-13-11; $415,344.00