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California Chrome Redefines Legacy, Wins $10 Million Dubai World Cup

Melanie Martines

California Chrome became the highest-earning thoroughbred in North American history Saturday (surpassing Curlin) winning the $10-million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. After finishing a disappointing second in the race last year, the win this time around puts him at $12.4 million in earnings.

What made it even more impressive was after the race it was seen that Chrome’s saddle had slipped back near his hind end! Victor Espinoza was quoted as saying he felt the saddle slipping further and further so he had no options but to “let him go”. Chrome won the 1 1/4-mile race in a track record of 2:01.83. Mubtaahij finished second, and U.S.-based was third. Other US horses in the race were Frosted (fifth), Mshawish (sixth) and Keen Ice (eighth).

Just in case you were asleep all morning and missed the action in Dubai, here’s a replay of all nine races:

Race 9 – Dubai World Cup

Race 8 – Dubai Sheema Classic

Race 7 – Dubai Turf

Race 6 – Dubai Golden Shaheen

Race 5 – Al Quoz Sprint

Race 4 – UAE Derby

Race 3 – Dubai Gold Cup

Race 2 – Godolphin Mile

Race 1 – Dubai Kahayla Classic

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