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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Boasting grandstands that seat 60,000 spectators, the $2 billion Meydan Racecourse has become symbolic of the grand ambitions of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The ruler of Dubai defied critics and cynics by opening the track in 2009 during the height of the global financial crisis. Each year it hosts the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. The track also has been integral to Sheik Mohammed's ceaseless efforts to promote Dubai and, to a lesser degree, his Godolphin stables.

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