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Dubai Gold Cup: Race Halted After Sheik Mohammed's Horse Goes Down

AP  |  By Posted: 03/31/2012 2:29 pm Updated: 04/ 1/2012 2:15 pm

Dubai Gold Cup Godolphins Fox Hunt
AP FILE: Daddy Long Legs from U.S. ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, 2nd right, crosses the finish line during the UAE Derby race, Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - 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.

In other races:

_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.

_Ortensia of Australia won the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, edging Sole Power and favorite Joy And Fun. Hayley Turner became the first woman to ride in a Dubai World Cup meet, finishing 10th on Margot Did. Later, Chantal Sutherland, aboard Game On Dude, was to become the first woman to ride in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

_Krypton Factor chased down favorite Rocket Man in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, denying the Singapore-based horse a second consecutive victory in the race.

_ Cityscape won the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, beating Mutahadee and City Style by more than four lengths. Ambitious Dragon, the favorite, was seventh and last year's winner, Presvis, finished 14th.

_ Cirrus Des Aigles held off a late challenge from main rival St Nicholas Abbey to win the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.

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Filed by Chris Greenberg  |