Today the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race was run, but unless you are a horse racing geek like I, you would have never known.
There was no mention of it in Sports section of The Sun… and odds are the results will be nowhere to be found in Sunday’s Sport section either. No network television coverage. It couldn’t be found on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN8 The Ohcho (re: the movie Dodgeball). Thankfully, TVG carried this race.
The Race: Dubai World Cup (Gr. I)
The Place: Nad Al Sheba (Dubai)
The Distance: 1 ¼ miles
The Purse: $6,000,000
The Attraction: Curlin
This race featured 12 of the premier thoroughbreds the world currently has to offer… and Curlin didn’t disappoint his backers who sent him off at 2-5 odds. He toyed with his opponents for the opening mile, as jockey Robby Albarado had a firm hold on Curlin, then turned loose to take the lead in mid-stretch, where there were no challengers to be found. He won easily, earning $3,600,000 for his connections. Not bad for 2 minutes worth of work!
In a span of 14 months, Curlin has broken his maiden, ran 3rd in the Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness, beaten a nose in the Belmont, won the Breeder’s Cup Classic, crowned 2007 Horse of the Year and now adds the richest thoroughbred horse race in the world to his resume’. That’s quite impressive. I’ll go out on a limb and proclaim Curlin the greatest thoroughbred race horse since Secretariat.
Would you agree?