PICTURES OF THE DAY

Indian Dance and Louis Garcia winning Saturday’s feature, the $70,000 Harrison E. Johnston Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. (Photo by Jim McCue/MJC)

The world’s richest Thoroughbred race, the $10-million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), was decided by the slimmest of margins on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse as a $4-million photo finish was needed to determine the winner.

Group 1 winner Gloria de Campeao (Brz) and South African Group 3 winner Lizard’s Desire flashed across the finish line together with Allybar sandwiched between the top two in a thrilling battle. Lizard’s Desire’s jockey Kevin Shea celebrated after the finish but his emotional display was premature as front-running Gloria de Campeao nipped Lizard’s Desire by a whisker.

Former Virginia Derby winner and turf champ Gio Ponti was fourth beaten 1 ½ lengths.

(Photo by Horsephotos.com)

The Godolphin Team from a different point of view. Skeik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Saeed bin Suroor, Ahmed Ajtebi, Skeik Hamdan bin Mohammed and Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai. (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Jockey Ahmed Ajtebi continued his string of strong performances on Dubai World Cup day as he piloted Godolphin’s Calming Influence to a one-length victory in the $1-million Etisalat Godolphin Mile (UAE-Gr.II) on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse. (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

A general view during the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 27, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Not only is the Dubai World cup the world’s richest horse race, but it is also one of the most important fixtures in the Dubai social calendar. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

Dean’s Kitten and Comelio Velasquez (R on cap) capture the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes Gr.II at Turfway Park for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Mission Impazible out-finished three opponents in the final sixteenth to win the $750,000 Louisiana Derby Gr.II at Fair Grounds. (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Freddies Return ridden by Jason Maguire (r) drive to the line to win The gg.com Beginners’ Steeple Chase at Towcester racecourse on March 29, 2010 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Drumshambo ridden by Aidan Coleman jumps the last before going on to win The Free Bets at gg.com Novices’ Hurdle Race at Towcester racecourse on March 29, 2010 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Jockey Jason Maskiell rides Chartreux to win the Throughbred Club Cup race on Throughbred Club Cup Day at Caulfield Racecourse on March 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

County Zen and Richard Johnson (right) jump the last to win The Floor V Davis HL1979 Handicap Hurdle Race from Sambulando (left) at Newbury racecourse on March 26, 2010 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Runners kick up divots at Newbury racecourse on March 26, 2010 in Newbury, England.
(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)