Defending champion Monterosso has pulled out of the $10 million
Dubai World Cup.
The Emirates Racing Authority said Saturday that Monterosso,
which is owned by Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum,
”is lame with left fore” and will not get the chance to become
the first horse to win a second straight title.
Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin’s stable has four other horses in the
world’s richest horse race. Mickael Barzalona, who was to ride
Monterosso, will replace Kieren Fallon as the jockey on African
Story, another Godolphin contender.
For the first time since the race moved to Meydan Racecourse in
2010, several American horses are contenders, led by Kentucky Derby
winner Animal Kingdom and two-time Eclipse Award-winner Royal