Hurricane Isabel Causes Cancellation of Moon Ballad's Flight

Hurricane Isabel Causes Cancellation of Moon Ballad's Flight
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Storm disrupts travel plans of Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad.
Moon Ballad's scheduled flight to New York for the Sep. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) that was supposed to arrive at JFK at 2 a.m. Friday morning has been canceled, said Godolphin trainer Tom Albertrani, who had no idea when the flight would be rescheduled.

Albertrani said Moon Ballad had "a little work" this morning in England and was set to leave when the flight was canceled due to Hurricane Isabel, which was supposed to hit the New York area around the time of arrival.

Albertrani had been hoping to get Moon Ballad out of quarantine at Aqueduct by Saturday afternoon.

In addition to Moon Ballad, winner of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Godolphin will run Sulamani in next Saturday's Turf Classic (gr. IT), where he is expected to face Storming Home once again. Sulamani was placed first in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) after Storming Home ducked out severely right before the wire, unseating jockey Gary Stevens and impeding several other horses who were battling for second.

Albertrani said he wasn't sure if Godolphin was planning to send any other horses over for the Breeders' Cup World thoroughbred championships. They have possible contenders for the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and Mile (gr. IT) in group I winners Mezzo Soprano and Dubai Destination, respectively. Imperial Gesture, last year's Beldame winner who competed in the Distaff (gr. I), is still not 100% and has virtually no chance of making the Breeders' Cup.

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