1998 Dubai World Cup - Silver Charm -vs- Swain

In a dramatic finish, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm nosed out Swain of Dubai to win the $4 million Dubai World Cup yesterday and double his career earnings. Ridden by the Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, the 4-year-old earned the $2.4 million first prize for his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis, with a courageous rally. Silver Charm's previous earnings had totaled $2.2 million. Silver Charm, the prohibitive favorite, first repulsed strong challenges from Loup Sauvage of France and Malek, the surprise winner of the Santa Anita Handicap. Then, Swain came up and briefly grabbed the lead in the stretch. As the two pounded toward the finish line, Silver Charm fought back and barely edged in front. I knew it was going to be a competitive race, said Stevens, who rode Silver Charm shortly after guiding Annus Mirablis of Dubai to victory in the $500000 Dubai Duty Free race. He's the greatest horse I've ridden. I knew I had a great chance, but I knew they weren't going to give it away, Bob Baffert, Silver Charm's trainer, said. Silver Charm broke second from the gate and stayed behind another horse from the United States, Behrens, until the top of the stretch. He then took the lead, only to be challenged by Loup Sauvage and Malek. After putting them away, he faced the challenge of the hard-charging Swain. But Silver Charm prevailed in 2 minutes 9 2/5 seconds for the mile and a quarter. Loup Sauvage finished third, with Malek fourth. Race video donated by Jeff Mende..

 

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