Nation Grammer rallies to win $12 million Dubai World Cup


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solely U.S. victory of the evening at Meydan got here in upset trend – and within the
largest race.

by Bob Baffert and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Nation Grammer (9-1) closed from
fourth place within the final quarter-mile on his strategy to successful the Grade 1, $12
million Dubai World Cup.

It was a fourth victory within the Dubai World Cup for each Baffert and Dettori, who timed his experience to perfection.

Nation Grammer, the runner-up in final month’s $20 million Saudi Cup (G1), hunted down pacesetter and post-time U.S. favourite Life Is Good (2-5) within the ultimate furlong of the two,000-meter dust race (about 1 1/4 miles) to win by 3 3/4 lengths over late-closing Scorching Rod Charlie (5-1).

Chuwa Wizard (12-1) completed one other half-length again in third. Life Is Good (2-5) was fourth, and Midnight Bourbon (17-1) took fifth. American-based horses completed first, second, fourth and fifth within the discipline of 10.

Educated by Todd Pletcher, Life Is Good set the tempo below Irad Ortiz Jr. with Steve Asmussen’s cost Midnight Bourbon taking shut orders. Turning for house, Ortiz requested Life Is Good for an additional effort and began to kick clear.

Nonetheless, Nation Grammer was not completed. With Dettori urging him alongside the straight, the 5-year-old Tonalist horse owned by Amr Zedan and WinStar Farm took command whereas Life Is Good light.

“I haven’t got any voice left after that,” Zedan stated. “It was a mission. We picked the horse, and he has come right here within the care of the most effective coach on the planet in Bob Baffert. Deep down in my intestine I knew we had a shot. I’ve enormous respect for all of the others, particularly Life Is Good, who I do know intimately as he used to coach with Nation Grammer when he was with Baffert.”

Zedan and Baffert have been within the highlight not too long ago due to the disqualification of the late Medina Spirit because the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby. That case is centered on a failed drug check has led to court docket fights to revive the victory and reverse each a 90-day suspension of Baffert and a two-year ban that stops horses in his identify from racing at Churchill Downs.

“This win jogs my memory of Medina Spirit,” Zedan stated. “He was a champion, and these horses are all coronary heart. I hope Medina Spirit is reinstalled because the Kentucky Derby winner, God keen.”

“It has been an extended journey,” stated Jimmy Barnes, the highest assistant who represented Baffert within the Saudi Cup and at Meydan. “Frankie simply rode him superior. He could not have achieved any higher. The pace labored out simply as we thought it might, he put him in an in depth sufficient spot that when he referred to as upon him, he is a real mile-and-a-quarter horse, and it kicked in.

“I give a whole lot of credit score to Bob Baffert for his means to return again and carry out. It is what we do. We’re nice off a lay-off. I am simply so excited. I used to be right here when Arrogate received the Dubai World Cup, so that is my second with Bob, and it is extremely, very particular.”

Dettori, who first received the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin aboard the nice Dubai Millennium in 2000, stated, “I’ve equaled Jerry Bailey now. All my different three wins got here on the Nad Al Sheba observe, so it is good to have a winner at Meydan.”

The successful time was 2:04.97 with no run-up on the quick dust observe. The early fractions each 400 meters (about quarter-miles) had been 24.48, 48.03, 1:11.41 and 1:36.74, based on Trakus.

Doug O’Neill, coach of Scorching Rod Charlie, supplied his congratulations to Nation Grammer and expressed satisfaction together with his 4-year-old colt.

“Congratulations to Bob Baffert for getting his horse prepared the way in which he did,” O’Neill stated. “We wished to win, in fact, however we’re tremendous proud, and mid-race we had been considering it simply wasn’t Charlie’s day. He then re-engaged and received up for second, so it was an ideal evening. I feel possibly blinkers would possibly want to return on. He broke OK, however then when he received behind horses, possibly that was it.”

Ortiz stated the 1 1/4 miles caught up with Life Is Good. “We led like we wished,” he stated. “It was simply the gap. The additional distance advised.”

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