Inside the Numbers: Dubai World Cup

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The connections of California Chrome celebrate after winning the 2016 Dubai World Cup. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Dubai World Cup week has finally arrived, marking Arrogate’s first race since his impressive Pegasus World Cup Invitational victory. But the race won’t be a walkover, as Gun Runner, Lani and horses from around the globe have descended on Meydan Racecourse in the UAE to compete with Arrogate for the top prize on Saturday, a race that will be broadcast live on NBCSN. We have all the numbers you need to know about the big day below.

1 ¼ miles- Distance of the Dubai World Cup.

2- Number of racetracks that have hosted the Dubai World Cup. Nad Al Sheba held the event from 1996 through 2009. Meydan has hosted since 2010.

Arrogate is slated to race in the Dubai World Cup. (Eclipse Sportswire)

2- The race has been held on two types of surfaces: dirt from 1996 to 2009 and 2015 to present; all-weather from 2010 to 2014.

2:01.83- The fastest time the race has been completed on the Meydan dirt, by California Chrome in 2016.

3- The number of horses to win the Dubai World Cup at age 7 or older.

3- The number of Kentucky Derby winners who also won the Dubai World Cup: Silver Charm, Animal Kingdom and California Chrome.

4- The number of American-trained winners who were named Horse of the Year: California Chrome, Curlin, Invasor and Cigar.

6- The number of countries the winners were foaled in: Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and the U.S.

8- The number of local UAE-trained horses to win the race, most recently Prince Bishop in 2015. All but one of those winners were trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

8- Including the Dubai World Cup itself, there are eight high-class Thoroughbred races on Dubai World Cup day at Meydan.

10- The number of American-trained horses to win the Dubai World Cup, most recently California Chrome last year.

Meydan Racecourse and the World Cup Festival. (Eclipse Sportswire)

14 lengths- Record margin of victory in the race, when Well Armed won in 2009.

14- The number of horses expected to run in this year’s Dubai World Cup, including Arrogate, Gun Runner, Hoppertunity and Lani.

1996- The year that the first Dubai World Cup was run. This year is the 22nd edition.

80,000- Grandstand seating capacity of Meydan Racecourse.

$10 million- Total purse for the race, with $6 million of that going to the winner.

$29 million- Total purses for the eight Thoroughbred races on the day.

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