Harty to Saddle Two in Dubai Maiden Race
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2002 10:36 PM
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:14 PM
Two maidens will race in Dubai Thursday with Eoin Harty listed as the trainer, marking the first time the head of Godolphin Racing's American juvenile division will saddle a horse at Nad Al Sheba.
Bold Enjoyment and Night Prey, both 3-year-olds, will contest the seven-furlong maiden race on the dirt track.
Bold Enjoyment raced in the United States last year, finishing a well-beaten sixth in a 6 1/2-furlong race at Arlington Park in October. The $450,000 yearling purchase is by Unbridled and out of Palomar Handicap (gr. II) winner Somethingmerry. Night Prey (Jade Hunter -- Sky Ninski, by Nijinsky II) will be making his racing debut. Pat Smullen will guide Bold Enjoyment while Godolphin's top jockey, Frankie Dettori, will be aboard Night Prey.
Harty, a former assistant to Bob Baffert, has been training Godolphin's 2-year-olds in America for the last two years. His 2001 season, in which he sent out the one-two finishers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), improved on his debut year. Harty won seven of 62 starts (11 percent) in 2000 with no graded stakes wins. According to Jockey Club data, all his victories that year came in maiden races. Last year, he won 21 of 86 starts (24 percent) with four graded stakes wins and an allowance victory, and his Breeders' Cup winner, Tempera, is one of three finalists for an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old filly division.
Harty won at a 16 percent clip with his first-time starters both years.
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