03/28/2009 12:00AM

Well Armed goes wire to wire in World Cup


California-based Well Armed made short work of the $6 million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Saturday, going wire to wire in a breathtaking performance to win by 14 lengths while not being asked for his best in the final sixteenth of the 1 1/4-mile race.

Ridden by Aaron Gryder and trained by Eoin Harty, Well Armed broke sharply and took immediate command of the World Cup. Rated on the early lead, he opened up at will entering the long Nad Al Sheba stretch and was was never challenged thereafter. He was timed in 2:01.01.

Gloria de Campeao, 60-1, finished second, and Paris Perfect, 99-1, was third.

Asiatic Boy, the 2-1 World Cup favorite, was never a factor and finished 12th, while 5-2 second choice Albertus Maximus raced within early striking position of Well Armed before tiring to sixth.

Well Armed paid $21 to win in the United States, and the exacta returned $1,059.40.

Well Armed entered the World Cup off a second-place finish to Magnum in the San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 8. He had gone winless in three starts since winning the Grade 1 Goodwood at Santa Anita in September.

Well Armed finished third in last year's World Cup, beaten eight lengths by Curlin.