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Animal Kingdom, Royal Delta, Dullahan headline Dubai World Cup

Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, raced to a win at Gulfstream Park last year in February. Injuries have sidelined Animal Kingdom multiple times after big victories.
Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, raced to a win at Gulfstream Park last year in February. Injuries have sidelined Animal Kingdom multiple times after big victories. ASSOCIATED PRESS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Kentucky Derby winner, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning filly and the defending champion headline a standout international field of 13 entered for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup — the world's richest horse race.

Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Derby winner, and two-time Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Royal Delta, along with Dullahan, will attempt to give American-based horses their first World Cup win since 2010, when the track was changed from dirt to a synthetic surface.

Monterosso, owned by Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, is back to try for a second straight World Cup win.

Animal Kingdom drew the No. 12 post on Wednesday, with Royal Delta — bidding to become the first filly to win the race — drawing the No. 8 post. Dullahan leaves from the No. 3 post.

Barry Irwin, founder of Team Valor which co-owns Animal Kingdom, said he's glad with the outside draw, noting his horse won the Derby from the No. 16 post in the 20-horse field.

"I don't think it's that big of a deal," Irwin said. "He's not going to be in front anyway. He will be a mid-pack horse. We just didn't want to be inside. If we were in the 1-2-3, we would be feeling it; 11-12-13 not great, but not bad."


Dubai World Cup

When: 2:05 p.m. Saturday

Where: Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For: 4-year-olds and up

Distance: 11⁄4 miles Group: I

Purse: $10 million TV: TVG

PP Horse Jockey Odds

1 Treasure Beach Soumillon 20-1

2 Red Cadeaux Mosse 30-1

3 Dullahan Stevens 6-1

4 Hunter's Light De Sousa 7-2

5 Capponi Atejbi 20-1

6 Side Glance Spencer 30-1

7 Planteur Moore 30-1

8 Royal Delta Smith 4-1

9 Meandre Guyon 30-1

10 Monterosso Barzalona 20-1

11 African StoryFallon10-1

12Animal KingdomRosario 5-1

13KassianoBuick12-1

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