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Moon Ballad at home in Dubai win

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2003


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Harlan's Holiday was no match for Moon Ballad, Sheik Mohammed's latest winner of the world's richest horse race.

With a devastating finishing kick, Moon Ballad outran Harlan's Holiday and easily won the $6-million Dubai World Cup Saturday.

The 4-year-old chestnut gave the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai its fifth Cup win in eight runnings of the 11/4-mile race. Sheik Mohammed owned four of the winners, including Moon Ballad's sire, 1997 winner Singspiel.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Moon Ballad won his first Group I race with his fifth victory in 10 starts and earned $3.6-million.

"He has been moving like a champion on dirt and when he wanted to go, he went," Dettori said. "It was a wonderful feeling coming into the straight, with the crowd cheering, and I wanted to savor the win this time. It's a great relief. I've still got it."

Harlan's Holiday, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, was trying to give U.S.-based horses a fourth win in the Cup.

Moon Ballad, an 11-4 choice by British bookmakers William Hill, won in 2:00.48. Godolphin-owned horses finished behind Harlan's Holiday -- favored Nayef third and Grandera fourth.

In the $2-million UAE Derby on the undercard of the seven-race program, Victory Moon won. Favored Sulamani won the $2-million Sheema Classic, 4-1 favorite Firebreak took the $1-million Godolphin Mile, State City was a surprise winner in the $2-million Golden Shaheen sprint and Ipi Tombe won the $2-million Duty Free.

GULFSTREAM: Favored Hero's Tribute held off long-shot Aeneas to win the $300,000 Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap. Tribute, with Edgar Prado aboard, paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.80.

AQUEDUCT: Carson Hollow beat Raging Fever by 13/4 lengths to win the $152,400 Grade II Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares 3 years and older. Carson Hollow, with Mike Luzzi aboard, returned $3 and $2.10.

SANTA ANITA: Bluesthestandard won his first stakes race, edging Joey Franco in the $134,000 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap. The 6-year-old, ridden by Mike Smith, paid $6.40, $4 and $2.80.

BOXING: Lewis receives ultimatum

WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis can fight Mike Tyson, as long as that bout is followed by a mandatory defense against Vitali Klitschko. WBC vice president Ruben Martinez said Lewis has until June30 to fight Tyson, which is more lucrative than a bout against Klitschko. Lewis pulled out of a proposed April fight with Klitschko, WBC's No.1, in hopes of a rematch against Tyson, whom he knocked out in eight rounds last year.

DRAW FOR RAHMAN, TUA: Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, winless since knocking out Lewis almost two years ago, fought David Tua to a draw in an IBF elimination bout in Philadelphia. Rahman won 116-112 on the AP's card.

MOORER WINS: Former two-time world heavyweight champ Michael Moorer won a 10-round unanimous decision over Otis Tisdale at Coconut Creek's Seminole Indian Casino. It was Moorer's first win since August, when Tua stopped him in 30 seconds.

SOCCER: U.S. shuts out Venezuela

Jovan Kirovski and Landon Donovan scored, and Kasey Keller had a shutout in his homecoming to Washington as the United States beat Venezuela 2-0 in an exhibition at Seattle. Keller of nearby Olympia improved to 14-0-4 in his past 18 home games for the national team. He is a starter for English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur.

ARENA FOOTBALL Orlando signed fullback/linebacker Kevin McLeod, a former Buc. McLeod played six regular-season games as a fullback with the Bucs in 1999 as well as the NFC championship against St. Louis.

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