The Dubai World Cup 2013 has its champion – say congratulations to Animal Kingdom and jockey Joel Rosario who've taken home the big prize of US$10 million! Red Cadeux took second spot in the race while Planteur came in third. It is the first time an American horse has won at Meydan since the World Cup moved from Nad Al Sheba.
“I knew we had a chance. I’ve never been here before. This is my first time. I watched a lot of races. I had an idea where I needed to go from. 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 is a 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and was trained for the Dubai World Cup by Graham Motion in Florida.
Defending champion Monterosso (owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai) pulled out of the race and lost out on the chance to attempt a double Dubai World Cup victory after being determined lame in his left foreleg by a veterinarian for the Emirates Racing Authority.
We hear that this might be Animal Kingdom's last race and the horse is set to begin a breeding career in Australia soon.