Horse falls, halting Dubai Gold Cup
The $1 million Dubai Gold Cup was halted and called off Saturday after a horse owned by the stables of Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed tumbled to the track.
Godolphin's Fox Hunt, the second choice at 3-1, went down 300 yards into the 2-mile race, throwing jockey Silvestre De Sousa. The horse briefly attempted to get up but fell. De Sousa was unhurt while the extent of Fox Hunt's injury was unclear but appeared serious.
Stewards abandoned the race because there was not enough time to move the horse from the track. Fans at Meydan Racecourse were told the race was to be rerun later in the day after the Dubai World Cup.
At the time the race was halted, Makani Bisty of Japan was in front and followed by Mikhail Glinka, owned by the Chechnya's Moscow-backed strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. Irish Flame was third.
The Dubai Gold Cup was added to the Dubai World Cup card for the first time this year. The nine-card program carries a total purse of $27.25 million and concludes with the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race.
Daddy Long Legs, trained by Aidan O'Brien, won the $2 million UAE Derby, holding off Yang Tse Kiang. O'Brien's victory comes a year after his Master of Hounds lost a photo finish to Khawlah in the same race. O'Brien has the favorite, So You Think, in the Dubai World Cup.