Essence of Dubai, a $2.3-million yearling who was a grade/group II stakes winner in the U.S. and Dubai, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2004 at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla. The announcement was made Friday by Jimmy Bell, managing director of Darley at Jonabell. Jimmy and Martha Gladwell will manage Essence of Dubai's career as a Darley stallion.
A stud fee will be determined at a later date.
A 4-year-old son of Pulpit out of the Summing mare Epitome, Godolphin's Essence of Dubai began his career as a juvenile in California, where he won his first start and then ran third in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. III). After taking the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II), he ran poorly in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) won by Johanessburg.
Sent to winter in Dubai, he won two major races there to begin his 3-year-old campaign, the U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) and U.A.E. Derby (UAE-II). Shipped to the U.S. for a start in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Essence of Dubai ran ninth.
He did win one American stakes at three, taking the Super Derby (gr. II) in his final start last year. He also placed in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) and Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III).
Returned to Dubai, Essence of Dubai made two starts there this year, finishing off the board in both. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the colt retires with five wins in 13 starts and earnings of $2,001,058.
Bred in Kentucky by Jonabell Farm, et al, Essence of Dubai is out of champion Epitome, who won the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). He was purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin for $2.3 million at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Essence of Dubai is a half-brother to Dubai champion Faltaat (by Mr. Prospector) and Churchill Downs stakes winner and course record setter Danjur (by Dayjur).