03/27/2010 2:28PM

Meydan: World traveler Gloria lands the richest prize


Anyone wanting to see Gloria de Campeao race may not have to travel far. Chances are the 7-year-old horse will be coming to a racetrack on a continent near you soon.

In the last year, Gloria de Campeao has won the $2 million Singapore International Cup, finished seventh in the Arlington Million in Chicago and made three starts in Dubai this year. He ran in France in the fall of 2008.

Owner Stefan Friborg said the Singapore race in May will be Gloria de Campeao's next goal. A win there will push him past $10 million in earnings. He has won $8,864,693 in his career, including $6 million from Saturday's race.

As the lone pacesetter in the field, it was evident that Gloria de Campeao would set the pace in the Dubai World Cup, run over about 1 1-4 miles on a Tapeta Footings surface, but the slow pace was harder to envision. Gloria de Campeao was timed through the first half-mile in 52.16 seconds and about six furlongs in 1:16.94, and was able to hold on.

Closers such as Gio Ponti, the two-time Eclipse Award winner last year; Richard's Kid, who won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar last summer; and Twice Over, who was third in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, were taken out of their gameplans and were still beaten only 1 1-4 lengths, 2 1-4 lengths, and 2 3-4 lengths.