Updated on 09/17/2011 1:18PM

Our New Recruit upholds rep of U.S. sprinters

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Our New Recruit wins the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint at Nad Al Sheba for his first stakes win.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Our New Recruit was sent from his California base to the other side of the world to win his first stakes in Saturday's $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint at Nad Al Sheba.

Ridden by Alex Solis for CRK Stables and trainer John Sadler, Our New Recruit outfinished Alke, an invader from Florida, to win by two lengths.

Our New Recruit ran six furlongs on the straightaway course in 1:10.30. Locally based Conroy finished third.

Cajun Beat, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last October, was near the front early but faded to finish fourth in the field of 12.

Jockey Jerry Bailey said Cajun Beat was kicked by the lead pony before the start.

"I had him checked by the vet and he felt okay, but maybe this made the difference," he said.

The victory marked the fourth time in the last five years that an American-based runner has won the Golden Shaheen, the world's richest sprint. The win was the richest of Sadler's career.

Our New Recruit was making his third stakes appearance, having placed in two California races in the last four months.

"We wouldn't have come here if we didn't think we could have run well," Sadler said.

Solis had Our New Recruit disputing the lead throughout with Cajun Beat.

"We got squeezed a little bit at the start," Solis said.

Alke was fifth early but made progress to draw near Our New Recruit with a quarter-mile remaining. He could not get closer in the final furlong.

"The last 200 yards I decided it was time to go and he finished really strong," Solis said.

Sadler said Our New Recruit will not start again until the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree in the fall.

Polish Summer wins Sheema for Stevens-Fabre

Jockey Gary Stevens launched his season-long partnership with French trainer Andre Fabre with a dramatic victory in the $2 million Sheema Classic aboard Polish Summer.

Racing in mid-pack for most of the about 1 1/2 miles on turf, Stevens waited until late stretch to ask his mount.

Polish Summer quickly responded to catch an unlucky Hard Buck, the winner of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap last month. Scott's View finished third in the field of 13. Polish Summer was timed in 2:31.09.

"That was the way Andre wanted me to wait," Stevens said. "He's a smart old horse and he tends to hang."

Trainer Ken McPeek was near tears after the defeat, mainly out of frustration. Hard Buck stalked pacesetter Warrsan until early stretch, led briefly and finished a half-length behind Polish Summer.

"I hate running second in these kinds of races, but I'm thrilled with the way he ran," McPeek said.

McPeek has an ambitious worldwide schedule under consideration for Hard Buck this summer, including the King George VI Stakes in England in the summer and the Japan Cup in the fall.

Polish Summer, owned by Juddmonte Farms, was fifth in the Turf Classic at Belmont Park last fall.

Firebreak repeats Godolphin Mile triumph

Firebreak successfully defended his title in the $1 million Godolphin Mile, easily beating the American duo of Excessivepleasure and During.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Firebreak stalked pacesetter During and Estimraar until early stretch and pulled clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths. He was timed in 1:35.82.

Tropical Star rallied from sixth to finish second, 2 3/4 lengths in front of Excessivepleasure. During faded to finish sixth of nine, beaten 11 3/4 lengths.

Excessivepleasure broke a length slow and stalked the pace to early stretch.

"We tried to settle behind them and improvise from there," jockey Jon Court said. "He got up for third, and that's a good paycheck."

Excessivepleasure earned $100,000 for owners Ty and Lee Leatherman and trainer Doug O'Neill. Excessivepleasure, 4, has won 5 of 14 starts and $1,021,382

Firebreak is owned by the Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing, and had lost all three of his starts since the 2003 Godolphin Mile. Firebreak, 5, will be sent to England in coming weeks, but could race on dirt in the United States later this year, according to Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

South Americans run 1-2-3 in UAE Derby

Lundy's Liability won the $2 million UAE Derby, leading a sweep of the first three positions by South American-breds. Petit Paris and Little Jim finished second and third.

Lundy's Liability races for a partnership and is trained by Michael de Kock, who won the 2004 UAE Derby with Victory Moon.

The first three finishers are 4-year-olds in the Northern Hemisphere, but classified as 3-year-olds for the UAE Derby because of the late breeding season in the Southern Hemisphere. They carried 130 pounds, giving their 3-year-old rivals from the Northern Hemisphere a four-pound break.

The first three finishers raced near the pace throughout. Lundy's Liability rallied from third to win by three-quarters of a length over Petit Paris.

Weichong Marwing rode Lundy's Liability, who finished about 1 1/8 miles on dirt in 1:50.83.

Paolini, Right Approach dead heat in Duty Free

Paolini and Right Approach finished in a dead heat for first in the $2 million Dubai Duty Free, arriving at the wire together after rallying from the back of the field.

Paolini was forced to check early in the long stretch. He recovered and rallied from last of 11 in the final quarter-mile. Right Approach was last with three furlongs remaining.

Paolini is trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler and was ridden by Eduardo Pedroza.

Right Approach is trained by de Kock and was ridden by Marwing.

Nayyir finished third in the field of 11. Sarafan, trained in California by Neil Drysdale, was third midway through the race, but faded to finish 10th.

Paolini was making his first start since finishing in a dead heat for third in the Arlington Million last August. He was promoted to second after the disqualification of race winner Storming Home.