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