Updated on 09/17/2011 11:37PM

Heart's Cry easily in Sheema Classic

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Heart's Cry, Christophe Lemaire up, wins the Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Running in some of the world's most lucrative races has pushed Sheema Classic winner Heart's Cry to $7,903,691 in lifetime earnings. Second by a nose in the $3.9 million Japan Cup last November, Heart's Cry showed in the Sheema Classic why he was the top turf horse in Japan last year.

Heart's Cry led throughout, finishing about 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.89. Collier Hill and Falstaff, both considered outsiders, finished second and third in the field of 14.

Ouija Board, who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, finished fourth. Ouija Board rallied wide through the stretch after racing in mid-pack early.

Jockey Christophe Lemaire urged Heart's Cry to the front before the first turn.

Leading without pressure, Heart's Cry had a two-length advantage on the backstretch. With five furlongs remaining, Heart's Cry was challenged by Relaxed Gesture, the winner of the Canadian International who was ridden by Corey Nakatani.

Relaxed Gesture got within a half-length of Heart's Cry but could not sustain the rally. He finished 12th of 14.

Collier Hill drew alongside Heart's Cry in early stretch, but the threat was short-lived. Heart's Cry quickened in the last two furlongs and won by 4 1/4 lengths.

Mustanfar, trained by Kiaran McLauglin in Florida, finished ninth.

Heart's Cry, 5, by Sunday Silence, is owned by Shadai Race Horse Co. and trained by Kojiro Hashiguchi.