27/03/2022. Mondo Ippico Internazionale: Country Grammer Wins Dubai World Cup for Baffert (by Bloodhorse.com)


Country Grammer wins the Dubai World Cup at Meydan

Country Grammer wins the Dubai World Cup at Meydan - Mathea Kelley


Hot Rod Charlie ran second March 26 while favored Life Is Good faded to fourth.

There may be no bigger lightning rod for controversy in Thoroughbred racing than Bob Baffert, but whatever anyone’s feelings about the Hall of Fame trainer may be, there’s no denying that he’s a master at winning major races and shining when the spotlight is brightest.

The 26th edition of the $12 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) showcased that in a victory by Country Grammer  which mixed irony, joy, anger, vindication, and any other emotion known to mankind as the racing world came to grips with it.

Almost 11 months after Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) for Baffert and owner Amr Zedan, only to be disqualified for a positive drug test in a case that has sparked ongoing legal battles, Country Grammer gave Baffert and Zedan, as well as fellow owners WinStar Farm and Commonwealth Thoroughbreds, a highly emotional victory over Hot Rod Charlie  in the March 26 race going about 1 1/4 miles at Meydan Racecourse.

“Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Bob Baffert right there,” Zedan said after the race. “That’s what Bob Baffert is capable of doing. I am overwhelmed. This is an amazing feeling. I can’t believe it. I am so overjoyed. It’s been a rough year and now we’re back.”


Zedan Racing Stables Inc, WinStar Farm LLC & Commonwealth Thoroughbreds LLC, Bob Baffert and Lanfranco Dettori accept the trophies for the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline, from H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the 26th Dubai World Cup on March 26, 2022
Photo: Dubai Racing Club

Country Grammer’s connections hoist the Dubai World Cup trophy
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