THUNDER SNOW (IRE)
Thunder Snow (foaled 24 March 2014) is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse. In 2016 he won a minor race on his track debut but was then beaten in his next four races although he ran well in defeat to finish second in the Vintage Stakes and the Champagne Stakes and fourth in the Dewhurst Stakes. He produced his best performance of 2016 on his final start of the year when he was sent to France and recorded an emphatic victory in the Criterium International. At the end of the year he was rated the best two-year-old trained in Britain.
In early 2017 he was campaigned in Dubai and won the UAE 2000 Guineas and the UAE Derby before being shipped to the United States to contest the Kentucky Derby but effectively refused to race in the American contest. On his return to Europe he finished second in the Irish 2000 Guineas and third in the St James's Palace Stakes before winning the Prix Jean Prat. As a four-year-old he won the Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 2 before recording his biggest success in the Dubai World Cup.
IT IS the 18th April 2016; you are at Los Alamitos racecourse and six runners are parading in the paddock before a 3yo only 1200m dirt maiden. The drums have been beating; Bob Baffert is introducing a smart colt for Juddmonte, Arrogate, steely grey. He looks the part but the secret is out, he is hot favourite. Things do not go smoothly, he finishes third, inexperience blamed by connections. Fast forward about six weeks, early June, Santa Anita and a 1700m maiden: Giant Expectations crushed; no, do not panic, our hero wins, beating a horse called Giant Expectations, easily.
Four rivals beaten then and the same next time, over the same course and distance, in an allowance optional claimer. Next stop, Del Mar, same grade, same distance, same result but only two to beat. That was early August and a step up in grade awaits, at the end of the same month. Twelve rivals, Saratoga the venue for the 2000m Grade 1 Travers Stakes and ridden by Mike Smith for the first time. The world takes notice; winning distance of just over 13 lengths! Runner-up was stable companion, American Freedom, one of seven more likely to win according to the betting. The 2016 Dubai World Cup winner was his next target, and victim, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic over the same 2000m as the world’s richest horse race.
That mantle now belongs to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup: date, end of January, venue Gulfstream Park, result, never in doubt! An easy 1800m victory for Arrogate, California Chrome among the vanquished, and an eager Dubai racing public hoping Baffert would confirm his new star Meydan bound. Finally he did and the rest, as they say, is history and last Saturday’s truly spellbinding performance, remarkably, little over 11 months to his career, propelling him to ‘top of the career earnings’ chart with $17,084,000 and, seemingly, plenty more to come!
CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)
VICTOR ESPINOZA’S saddle may have slipped but California Chrome had the talent to ensure his connections’ dreams of finally landing the world’s richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, did not go the same way. As if defying a wide draw was not enough of a challenge for last year’s runner-up, Espinoza was forced to send the 5yo for home as he felt his saddle retreating down his mount’s back. Trainer Art Sherman had boasted his Kentucky Derby winner was five lengths better than last year and so it proved, as California Chrome streaked clear in the straight to land a decisive and impressive win.
Last year’s UAE Derby winner, Mubtaahij, bounced back to form to finish second, beaten three and three quarters of a length, with Hoppertunity running third for America’s Bob Baffert. “He has done everything right, it was perfect,” said Espinoza. The rider added: “Sometimes it’s better to stay a little bit further wide than being stuck inside but everything went well. I sent him out of the gate assuming I could take the lead but it was impossible, so I stuck right with the leaders.” Espinoza admitted his hand had been forced in kicking for home as his saddle began to slip but said he was not aware of the extent of tack malfunction.
PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)
Prolific winner as 3yo in France, landing last four starts, including Group 2 Prix du Conseil at Longchamp in October 2010 (beat Cirrus Des Aigles); back to form with Listed win at Kempton in 2011 and added Meydan handicap the following year; other notable runs include third in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 in 2012 and again in 2013; back in winning form in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton in 2013; struggled on heavy ground in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury next time, but returned to form with victory in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 back at Meydan in 2014; followed up in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 but down the field in the Dubai World Cup; made a successful return to Britain when winning the September Stakes at Kempton for the second time (under a 7lb penalty) in 2014; campaigned on the new dirt surface back at Meydan in 2015 and staying-on second in Round 2 and 3 of the Al Maktoum Challenge, before producing career best to run out clear winner of the Dubai World Cup (detached early but stayed on strongly off good pace); effective over 1m2f-1m4f; versatile surface-wise; usually visored.
African Story (GB)
African Story (foaled 10 March 2007) is a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse racehorse. Originally trained in France, he showed promise when racing on turf by winning twice and being placed in several important races before being transferred to race on Tapeta in Dubai in 2012. He won the Godolphin Mile in 2012 and the Burj Nahaar in both 2012 and 2013 before recording his most important success in the 2014 Dubai World Cup.
ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA)
Animal Kingdom (foaled in Kentucky on March 20, 2008) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 137th Kentucky Derby and the 2013 Dubai World Cup. His Derby win took place on May 7, 2011, before a record crowd of 164,858. After the Derby, Animal Kingdom finished second in the Preakness Stakes and sixth in the Belmont Stakes before his career was disrupted by injury. He returned to finish second in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile before winning the Dubai World Cup as a five-year-old in 2013. Animal Kingdom is the first Kentucky Derby winner to win a Grade 1 race at the age of five. He has won Grade 1 races on both dirt and synthetic surfaces.
Monterosso (foaled 2007) is a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse. He was originally trained in Britain, where he won three handicap races and the King Edward VII Stakes as a three-year-old in 2010. After being moved to the United Arab Emirates he recorded his most important success when he won the Dubai World Cup on 31 March 2012.
VICTOIRE PISA (JPN)
Victoire Pisa (Japanese ヴィクトワールピサ) is a retired Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse and active sire. After winning three of his four starts as a juvenile, the colt won the Satsuki Shō at Nakayama Racecourse in April 2010. After an unsuccessful campaign in Europe he returned to Japan to win the weight-for-age invitational Arima Kinen in December. In the following spring he was sent to Dubai where he raced for the first time on a synthetic track in the Dubai World Cup. He defeated an international field to become the first Japanese-trained horse to win the world's most valuable race. His subsequent career was restricted by injury problems and he was retired at the end of 2011.
GLORIA DE CAMPEAO (BRZ)
Glória de Campeâo (2003, Haras Santarém, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná) é o thoroughbred nascido no Brasil ganhador da maior premiacão em dinheiro em todos os tempos. Venceu a Dubai World Cup, maior prêmio no mundo em corrida de cavalos, em 2010 com uma bolsa de 10 milhões de dólares (mais uma bonificacâo de patrocínio chegando a 12 milhões de dólares).De pelagem castanho escuro, nascido no Haras Santarem, no Paraná, descende do argentino Impression (ganhador de grupo I) com a egua brasileira Audacity, filha de Clackson, este considerado o melhor avô materno da criação nacional, nascido no Brasil. De propriedade do Stud Estrela Energia, sua campanha internacional milionaria obteve em 2009 o segundo lugar nessa mesma competicâo, Dubai World Cup, e a vitória no Cingapura Airlines International - grupo I, também em 2009.
WELL ARMED (USA)
Well Armed (foaled April 4, 2003 in Kentucky) is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse.
Curlin (foaled March 25, 2004, in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse and the highest North American money earner with over US$10.5 million accumulated. His major racing wins include the 2007 Preakness Stakes, 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic, and 2008 Dubai World Cup.Curlin was sired by Smart Strike, a former star from the Sam-Son Farm racing team in Ontario, Canada. Smart Strike is a half-brother of 1991 Canadian Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly. He is out of the mare Sherriff's Deputy, a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year and two-time North American Champion sire Deputy Minister.The colt was named for Charles Curlin, an African American slave from western Kentucky who fought for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War. One of his original owners, Shirley Cunningham, Jr. through his interest in Midnight Cry Stables, is Charles Curlin's great-great-grandson. In August 2008, Timeform assigned a 134 rating for Curlin, calling him the best horse in the world on dirt.
Invasor (foaled August 3, 2002) is a Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Argentina by Haras Clausan (Haras Santa Ines). The winner of the 2005 Triple Crown in Uruguay, he was later purchased by Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who paid approximately USD 1.4 million for the horse. His two biggest wins were the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, in which he defeated heavily favored Bernardini and highly fancied Lava Man, and the 2007 Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. He finished racing with a record of 11-0-0 in twelve starts and career earnings of $7,804,070. He was voted the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year and led the year-end World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings in 2006. On April 26, 2013 he was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, United States. Invasor will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion (at the museum on Union Avenue) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Electrocutionist (February 24, 2001 - September 9, 2006) was a Thoroughbred racehorse. Electrocutionist won eight of his 12 career starts, including three Grade I's, and won more than $5.6 million. Racing four times for the operation based in both Dubai and Newmarket, he was scheduled to participate in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Oct. 14, 2006.
ROSES IN MAY (USA)
Roses in May, Foaled on February 9, 2000, is an American thoroughbred racehorse. Roses in May made 13 starts and won 8 of them, placing in four. He retired with career earnings of $5,490,187, much of this money coming from his win in the 2005 Dubai World Cup.
PLEASANTLY PERFECT (USA)
Pleasantly Perfect (born April 2, 1998 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who retired as the fourth richest American horse in career earnings. A son of Pleasant Colony, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, he was out of the mare Regal State who won the 1985 Group One Prix Morny in France. His damsire was the 1978 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Affirmed.Pleasantly Perfect's first major wins came in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic. In 2004 he won the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup then in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic, finished third behind Roses in May and winner Ghostzapper. Retired from racing at the end of the 2004 season, Pleasantly Perfect entered stud in 2005 at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. His first horse to race is Rapid Redux, the winner of the Eclipse Special Award for 2011.
MOON BALAD (IRE)
Moon Ballad (foaled 1999 in Ireland) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who competed internationally.
STREET CRY (IRE)
Street Cry (foaled March 11, 1998 in Ireland) is a Thoroughbred racehorse, winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup, the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap and runner up in the 2002 Whitney Handicap. He is an international shuttle stallion that stands at the Darley Studs in Australia and the US.
Owned and bred by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing, he was by the dual Group One (G1) winner Machiavellian, a son of Mr. Prospector. His dam, Helen Street (dam of nine winners) was by multiple Group 1 winner .
CAPTAIN STEVE (USA)
Captain Steve (1997 – April 21, 2013) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by Roger Laubach, owned by Michael E. Pegram, and trained by Bob Baffert. A Chestnut foal by Fly So Free out of Sparkling Delite (by Vice Regent), he started 25 times, and earned $6,828,356. Captain Steve, who earned his biggest win earlier this year when he won the Dubai World Cup, has been retired and will be a stallion in Japan. A 4-year-old son of Fly So Free trained by Bob Baffert, Captain Steve was sold to Japanese interests for a reported $5 million by owner Mike Pegram, who had purchased the colt for $70,000 as a yearling. After his win in Dubai, Captain Steve was beaten in what turned out to be his final four races.
DUBAI MILLENNIUM (GB)
Dubai Millennium (1996–2001) was a Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, trained in the United Kingdom and Dubai during his racing career which ran from 1998 and 2000. He is notable for winning a series of major races in 1999 and 2000 including the Dubai World Cup. He died after contracting grass sickness at the age of five.
Almutawakel (foaled in 1995 in Great Britain, died in 2007) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse sired by Machiavellian and the Irish stakes-winning Green Desert mare, Elfaslah.
Almutawakel's most prominent victory came in the 1999 Dubai World Cup. Going into the race at 44-1 and considered a heavy underdog, Almutawakel held his own and, with jockey Richard Hills at the helm, won the race by ¾ lengths. He beat out several prominent horses, such as Malek, Silver Charm, Daylami and Victory Gallop, winning the $3 million first place prize in the process. At the time, it was the first Dubai World Cup win for Sheikh Hamdan, who has since produced another winner, Invasor. He was also the first of four wins at the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin Racing.
Prior to winning the Dubai World Cup, Almutawakel won the 1998 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. He also finished as the runner up in the 1998 Grand Prix de Paris. Almutawakel finished his racing career in the United States. In 2000, trained by Mark Hennig, he finished second in the Woodward Stakes and the Oaklawn Handicap and third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Almutawakel did not win a race after his first place finish at the 1999 Dubai World Cup.
Almutawakel finished his career with a 4-4-1 in 19 career starts. Overall, he accumulated $3,643,021 in earnings. In 2007, after failing to respond to treatment for chronic arthritis, Almutawakel was euthanized in Ireland at H.H. Sheikh Hamdan's Derrinstown Stud. At the time his death, Almutawakel sired eight stakes winners for a grand total of $5,765,852 in earnings.
SILVER CHARM (USA)
Silver Charm (Foaled February 22, 1994) is an American Champion Thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, Silver Charm will be remembered most for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown.
Singspiel (25 February 1992 – 1 July 2010) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire best known for a series of wins in major international races in 1996 and 1997. In a racing career which lasted from September 1994 until August 1997 he won nine of his twenty races and finished second on eight occasions. After showing good, but unexceptional form in his first two seasons he emerged as a world class performer in 1996 when he won the Canadian International Stakes and Japan Cup and was named U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse. In the following season he added victories in the Dubai World Cup, Coronation Cup and International Stakes before his career was ended by injury. After his retirement from racing he had considerable success as a sire of winners before his death in 2010.
Cigar (foaled April 18, 1990), is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse, who in 1995 and 1996 became the first American racehorse racing against top-class competition to win 16 consecutive races since Triple Crown winner Citation did so in 1948 and 1950. Cigar retired as the leading money earner in Thoroughbred racing history and was later inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.