© 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.
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.
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.