Monterosso wins 17th Dubai World Cup

3/31/2012 11:41:31 AM

Monterosso was making just his second start since finishing third in last year's World Cup behind Victoire Pisa. Trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, the five-year-old finished fourth in the Al Maktoum Challenge on March 10 in Dubai.

The 17th Dubai World Cup had a field of 13 after the scratch of Silver Pond earlier in the day.

Ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Monterosso went off as a 35-1 longshot in U.S. wagering. The 2-1 favorite was So You Think, Game On Dude was the 7-2 second choice and Royal Delta was the 9-2 third pick.

The lead in the World Cup was hotly contested among several horses with last year's runner-up Transcend among the pacesetters. Game On Dude, ridden by Chantal Sutherland, was racing on the outside in seventh and jockey Jose Lezcano had Royal Delta in fifth between horses.

Turning for home, Capponi had a short lead with Game On Dude to his outside in second. At the top of the stretch, Game On Dude dropped off the lead as Monterosso came up to challenge stablemate Capponi.

With 300 yards to run, Monterosso drew even with Capponi and drove into the lead. The Godolphin Stable horse took a clear lead inside the furlong pole and with 50 yards left the jockey stood up on the horse and began to celebrate.

Monterosso and jockey Mickael Barzalona hit the wire three-lengths ahead of Capponi with Planteur in third and So You Think finishing fourth. It was the fifth win for Godolphin Stable in the World Cup. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, owner of Godolphin, also won the World Cup one other time under his own name.

For those wagering in North America, Monterosso returned $73.60 and $16.40. Capponi paid $5.00 and Planteur returned $14.80.

Attending the race was trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled Game On Dude, just five days after suffering a heart attack and undergoing surgery.