Leroidesanimaux’s Animal Kingdom produced a scintillating performance to defeat the best horses in the World on Saturday, simply dominating the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1).
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Animal Kingdom won the world’s richest race with relative ease.
Rosario steered Animal Kingdom to loom outside two-time American champion filly Royal Delta, who had set fractions of :26.59, :50.02 and 1:13.63 under Mike Smith, before they swooped to the lead coming out of the far turn. In just a few steps, Animal Kingdom opened up several lengths—and the race was over.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 G1 Kentucky Derby off a stakes victory on the all-weather Turfway Park track, crossed the finish line in 2:03.21 for the 1 1/4 miles, earning $6 million for his efforts. Trained by English-born Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom now has a career record of five wins in 11 starts with earnings of $8,387,500.
The victory by the five-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux marked the first by an American-based and –trained runner in the Dubai World Cup since Meydan opened with an all-weather surface in 2010, replacing the dirt track at the old Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on which American runners frequently prevailed.
“Turning for home he was looking around and doing it easy,” said Rosario, “I listened to my trainer and to my horse. He’s a very good horse. He did it. He’s very quick. It seemed like a long way home in the stretch.”
Animal Kingdom was dazzling in victory for trainer Graham Motion and owners Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor International.
“This horse has had some kind of saga, up-down, up-down,” said Barry Irwin during a television interview. “We all knew he had a race like this in him. We saw it in the Derby. We almost saw it in the Breeders’ Cup. This was it.
“That was shocking,” added Irwin. “I thought he could win but I didn’t think he could win like that. He proved that not only is he a top horse, but that he is one of the top horses in the world.”
Leroidesanimaux stands in Florida at HallMarc Stallions.
Dubai Racing Club Photo