01/20/2005 1:00AM

'Emporium' wins in Dubai


Grand Emporium, considered the weaker of South African trainer Mike de Kock's two entries, galloped to a 1 3/4-length victory in Round 1 of the Group 3, $200,000 Challenge Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday night.

Grand Emporium rallied under Weichong Marwing to catch Turkish raider Kaneko at the sixteenth pole and clocked a slow 1:39.92 under showery conditions on a track labeled fast. State Shinto, timed in 1:37.37 winning this race last year, ran fifth in the Group 3, $200,000 Challenge.

Grand Emporium's stablemate, Wolf Whistle, missed the break and trailed home last, beaten 23 lengths.

* The seven-race card was simulcast to the United States via the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network. U.S. Handle on the program totaled $67,618.