First-crop sire Danjur was represented by his first winner Friday at Louisiana Downs when Dandy Princess won the track's ninth race, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies. On Sunday, Danjur's half-brother -- Godolphin's Essence of Dubai -- won in his career debut at Hollywood Park.
Dandy Princess led from gate to wire in completing the 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.96 on a fast track while making her racing debut. Out of Princess Invader, by Zuppardo's Prince, Dandy Princess was bred in Louisiana by Judy Petit Gilardi. She is trained by William Meaux for owners A. Hebert, A. Bares, and K. Romero.
Essence of Dubai's Sunday victory marks the second winner for first-crop sire Pulpit. Like Danjur, Essence of Dubai is out of Epitome, by Summing. Essence of Dubai rallied from just off the pace under Alex Solis to complete the six-furlong heat in 1:10.24. The colt won by 1 1/2 lengths over Timely Action, with a gap of two lengths back to stablemate Future Minister, also debuting for Godolphin. Essence of Dubai was a $2.3 million purchase for Godolphin at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
Danjur (by Dayjur) won three of four career races, including a course-record setting performance in the 1996 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint Stakes. He retired with earnings of $94,481 and stands at Oakhurst Thoroughbreds in Newberg, Oregon, for an advertised fee of $1,500.