The contingent will be headed by Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and
Also on the passenger list are Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Desert Party , who had raced in Darley’s colors; Jose Adan, who was purchased after being disqualified from first in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), and the graded stakes-winning 3-year-old Two Step Salsa .
The question now is, how does Godolphin separate their 2009 3-year-olds, whose ultimate objective in Dubai will be the grade II United Arab Emirates (UAE) Derby, which Mettee acknowledged is always a tough spot because of the inclusion of Southern Hemisphere horses, who actually are considered 4-year-olds by North American standards.
Midshipman and Vineyard Haven have already had two breezes at Keeneland, with both colts going three-eighths in :36 on Nov. 29 and then breezing a half :49 and :50 2/5, respectively, on Dec. 6.