Horseracing

Lines of Battle wins $2M UAE Derby

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)

American-bred Lines of Battle held off Elleval and fast-finishing Secret Number to win the $2 million UAE Derby on Saturday.

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Shuruq was fastest out of the gates but was passed by Law Enforcement after 400 meters. Lines of Battle then took the lead, only to be passed at the 800-meter mark by the American-bred Snowboarder.

But Snowboarder faded and Lines of Battle took charge down the stretch, withstanding a challenge from Elleval and favorite Secret Number to win by 1 1/2 lengths and give trainer Aidan O'Brien a second consecutive win in this event.

The UAE Derby is part of a nine-race World Cup card that has a total purse of $27.2 million, including the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

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