Part of complete coverage on
Animal Kingdom scoops richest prize in racing
April 9, 2013 -- Updated 1000 GMT (1800 HKT)
Animal Kingdom, seen here winning the Kentucky Derby in 2011, has won the the Dubai World Cup, world's richest horse race.
- Former Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom wins the Dubai World Cup
- Becomes only the second Kentucky Derby winner to win the race worth $10 million
(CNN) -- Animal Kingdom roared into the record books at Meydan Racecourse Saturday, blowing away the rest of the field to become only the second Kentucky Derby winner to triumph in the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race.
The giant chestnut started strongly and tucked in behind the early pace setter, Royal Delta, before being unleashed in the straight by jockey Joel Rosario.
He held off a final gallant challenge from the globe-trotting Red Cadeaux to win by four lengths.
Horses fly to Dubai in search of riches
The girl with the dancing horse
Planteur reprised his third place finish from last year, while the Andrew Balding-trained Side Glance ran the race of a lifetime to finish fourth.
Read: Space-age skyscrapers and sheiks
With $10 million in prize money on offer, the most lucrative race in the world attracted a strong international field, with representatives from the UK, the U.S., Australia and Dubai.
But it was a sparkling performance by arguably the classiest horse in the field that saw racing's richest prize returned to American hands after a four-year dearth.
Trained in the U.S. by English-born Graham Motion, the Kentucky Derby winner from 2011 has shown a unique ability to run convincingly on all three surfaces: dirt, synthetic and turf.
However, attempts to live up to his promise on the international stage had been hampered by injury and he has run just twice since he was ruled out of last year's running of the Dubai World Cup.
He will now be targeted at Britain's Royal Ascot meeting in June before heading to Australia to embark on a career at stud.
Part of complete coverage on
September 1, 2014 -- Updated 1323 GMT (2123 HKT)
The going is always soft and the only permanent building is a toilet block. It's the antithesis to the pomp of Royal Ascot ... welcome to Irish beach racing.
August 13, 2014 -- Updated 1107 GMT (1907 HKT)
Each August, over a thousand tents and hundreds of horses converge on Little Big Horn River in Montana for the Crow Fair and Rodeo.
August 1, 2014 -- Updated 0957 GMT (1757 HKT)
Show me the money! Hollywood star Tom Cruise was a big hit when he visited the Glorious Goodwood festival.
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1241 GMT (2041 HKT)
Little-known outside the tribes of the Rocky Mountains in the American northwest, Indian Relay is a "magical" horse-racing relay.
July 8, 2014 -- Updated 1325 GMT (2125 HKT)
Now in his 50s, one of the world's most successful jockeys explains why he gave up acting to return to the sport that nearly crippled him.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani is impressed by the all-round multitasking skills of Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.
June 7, 2014 -- Updated 0853 GMT (1653 HKT)
More people have walked on the moon than have won the fabled Triple Crown of U.S. horse racing. California Chrome is seeking to square that score.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1137 GMT (1937 HKT)
A long history of controversy made him the "enfant terrible" of horse racing, but veteran jockey Kieren Fallon is looking for redemption.
May 27, 2014 -- Updated 1131 GMT (1931 HKT)
With owners ranging from presidents to sheikhs and queens, horse racing is known as the "Sport of Kings" for good reason.
May 12, 2014 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
Buy for the right price and you could make millions. Get it wrong and it could be one of the most expensive mistakes you ever make.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 1207 GMT (2007 HKT)
Mine That Bird, the 2009 winner of the Kentucky Derby, is having his incredible story told on the silver screen.
April 4, 2014 -- Updated 1035 GMT (1835 HKT)
Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen is perhaps best known for helping to resurrect Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton.
Today's five most popular stories