American thoroughbred Arrogate, owned by Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah and ridden by U.S. jockey Mike Smith, won here on Saturday the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, sponsored by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) international carrier Emirates Airline.

Considered to be the best horse in the world, four-year old Arrogate created utmost suspense in the Meydan Grandstand, Dubai, by making the race clear on the last 200 meters of the 2000 meter long dirt track.

At a first glance, it looked like the dark horse could not fulfill high expectations amid rainy weather in the Gulf Arab emirate. But then jockey Mike Smith gained pace and almost circled his 13 rivals on the way to a last-minute victory.

Trainer Bob Baffert praised his jockey for “not having panicked” after the near-dead start, calling the home run “plan F”.

In order to honor the horse’s owner, jokey Smith waved the Saudi Arabian national flag after crossing the finishing line.

Arrogate’s compatriot horse Gun Runner was second, followed by Neolithic.

The Dubai World Cup marked the last out of nine horse races on Saturday in Dubai which saw a total prize money of 30 million dollars distributed by nine local and international sponsors. It was the first race which was broadcast live on 580 aeroplanes. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/