Dubai pumped more money into the select sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington than it did a year ago even though Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager, John Ferguson spent less. And buying entities associated with Dubai also bought more horses.
Ferguson, Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Co., Rabbah Bloodstock, and Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud spent a combined total of $28,755,000 for 52 yearlings. Last year the entities that could be identified with direct ties to Dubai --Ferguson, Shadwell, and Rabbah -- paid $25,255,000 for 38 horses.
Dubai’s spending represented 25.4% of this year’s gross of $113,357,000 for the select sessions. Last year, it represented 17.4% of the gross of $145,377,000.
Ferguson paid $15,655,000 for 19 yearlings this year compared to $16,230,000 for 15 yearlings last year. Shadwell spent $9,720,000 for 17 horses compared to $6,150,000 for 11 horses. Rabbah, which represents the friends and associates of Sheikh Mohammed, paid $2,620,000 for 13 head compared to $2,875,000 for 12 head.
The above figures might not represent every horse purchased by or for Dubai horsemen, but they are the ones that The Blood-Horse can verify.