03/27/2004 1:00AM

South Americans 1-2-3 in UAE Derby

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - 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.