Lundy’s Liability Wins UAE Derby
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Lundy’s Liability charged past the leaders in the stretch and won the UAE Derby on Saturday, giving South African trainer Mike de Kock his second straight victory in the $2 million race.
The 3-year-old Lundy’s Liability caught leaders Little Jim and Petit Paris deep in the stretch of the 1 1/8-mile race and won by three-quarters of a length.
De Kock saddled last year’s UAE Derby winner, Victory Moon.
Petit Paris, ridden by Jerry Bailey, edged Little Jim for second place, with Jack Sullivan, the only American-based horse in the field, finishing fourth.
In the opening race on the Dubai World Cup program, featuring six races worth a total of $15.25 million, hometown favorite Firebreak won the $1 million Godolphin Mile for the second straight year.
The 5-year-old horse owned by Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing stormed past the leaders in the stretch and won easily over Tropical Star.
Excessivepleasure, one of two American entries, was third. During, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Bailey, finished sixth after holding the early lead.
``He was in a good position and he just died in my hands,″ Bailey said.