True to its billing, as a World Cup, the 18th running of the richest horserace on the planet offered fresh courage and inspiration to those determined that frontiers should no longer be perceived as barriers. Over the past couple of years, they have endured dispiriting retrenchment by insular forces on either side of the Atlantic. In the United States, brave attempts to fill in a moat of drugs and dirt seem to have been defeated, for now, by vested interests. In Britain, meanwhile, momentous opportunity and investment have been dissipated by misapprehensions that seem barely less parochial. The champion who united the attention of both cultures on Saturday, however, offers a wholesome reproof to each.
NORTON Herrick, who’s producing “Very Good Girls” with very good girls Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, plus “2 Guns” with big guns Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, has also produced thoroughbred Animal Kingdom (2011 Derby winner) to take Dubai’s $10,000,000 World Cup March 30. For 3-year-olds, 1 ¹/‚„ miles on synthetic surface, Meydan Racecourse is the world’s richest horse race.