DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Keen Ice, who upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers last summer, finished seventh behind winner Special Fighter on Saturday in a prep race for the $10 million Dubai World Cup in three weeks.
Special Fighter led from the start and won the $400,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 by 4 1/2 lengths over Gun Pit under jockey Fernando Jara. Keen Ice raced in fourth until the far turn before fading in the race covering about 1 1/4 miles at Meydan Racecourse.
The 4-year-old colt trained by Dale Romans is now winless in his last four starts since his Travers victory at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York.
Jara, who won the World Cup in 2007 with Invasor, said Special Fighter was ''absolutely spot on. I really did not expect to get such an easy lead and that was a real bonus.''
The World Cup is March 26, with 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, Keen Ice and Frosted among the U.S.-based horses expected to run.