A son of Woodman, Dildaar was bred by Tom Van Meter and led out unsold at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale at $57,000. He changed hands at last year's Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale for 25,000gns with David Metcalfe signing the docket.
He is a half-brother to the listed-placed Summer Delight and caught the eye when breezing up Newmarket's Rowley Mile racecourse. The trainer explained: "He has been ready to run for a while but these 3-year-old maidens have not been filling. Brett said he has traveled well off a slow pace. There are few options for this type of horse and we may come back on Super Saturday or just go straight for the UAE Derby."Smith looked as though he would be returning to the winner's enclosure 30 minutes later when his Walmooh, under Frankie Dettori, hit the front a furlong out and went away from Self Evident who had set a frantic pace in the mile handicap. Dettori's mount had nothing left though when challenged in the last 50 yards by Burnt Ember. The victory of the 5-year-old son of Smoke Glacken, who was bred by Nutbush Farms and recording a fifth career success, put American Doug Watson, in his first season, back on top of the trainer's standings. Watson explained: "The fast pace really suited him as Willie (Supple) says he will stay 12-furlongs and it is really hard to find his trip. I was considering the Jebel Ali Mile for him but he probably will not go there now."Smith did complete his double in the concluding 10-furlong handicap when Emteyaz, who was never far off a modest pace, cruised to the front three furlongs out before being kicked clear by Kerrin McEvoy. A 6-year-old son of Mark of Esteem, this was his seventh career victory and he has been a grand servant to his owner Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who was completing the same double. The 1300m turf handicap provided the best finish of the night as Mazin Al Kurdi's Hazelhatch, under John Carroll, came from last to first to deny Butler's Boston Lodge (Ahern) in the shadow of the post. It was a third career win for the 4-year-old gelded son of Mukaddamah who won twice in Ireland for Dermot Weld. Carroll explained: "I had to sit and suffer early on as they were going so quickly. I knew they had to come back to us off that pace and the horse has tried his heart out to get there. He was very brave."
Most Popular Stories
- Trainer D'Angelo Dies at 55
- Gala Award: Not Your Typical Turf Pedigree
- Former Jockey Davis Focus of HRTV Documentary
- Downey Appointed to Judicial Position in KY
- Bogdan, Former NY Breeders Lobbyist, Dies
- Xpressbet to Sponsor HOF Jockey Challenge
- Winter Not a Serious Threat to Eastern Tent Caterpillar Eggs
- Shared Belief Confirmed Off KY Derby Trail
- Leishmaniasis: No Longer Just a Foreign Animal Disease
- Run the Bluegrass Race Honors Zenyatta