2009 Dubai World Cup - WELL ARMED
Front-running Well Armed, under a snug hold by jockey Aaron Gryder, cut loose at the head of the straight and romped to a record 14-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28, the final race to be run at Nad al Sheba. On a main track that was favoring speed throughout the evening, WinStar Farm's homebred son of Tiznow was never threatened as he rolled to victory for trainer Eoin Harty at US odds of 9-1. Well Armed was in a similar position at Nad al Sheba in last year's World Cup on the turn for home, but wound up third, beaten eight lengths by Curlin. "He did the same thing last year and got collared," Harty noted afterward. "But I was watching the other horses and they were struggling, so I felt pretty good." Indeed. Albertus Maximus, considered the top American hope coming in, was keen early but was not a factor while finishing well back. Same thing for race favorite Asiatic Boy, last year's runner-up. Instead, it was 60-1 Brazilian shot Gloria de Campeao who finished second, with off-the-board South African hope Paris Perfect in third. This horse really showed everyone in the world how good he is, Gryder said, then asked: Who was second? Breaking from barrier 7 in the field of 14, Well Armed went straight to the front, Gryder able to angle the 6-year-old gelding to the inside where he set a steady pace with My Indy and Albertus Maxiumus stalking. Well Armed, with his high cruising speed was in control with his ears pricked while still under a ...
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