Godolphin Racing's China Visit put forth solid credentials to be labeled a leading Dubai World Cup contender following his brilliant return to racing in the Listed opening round of the Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night. China Visit hadn't raced since his unplaced effort behind Giant's Causeway in the St James' Place Stakes at Royal Ascot, a month after his sixth to Fusaichi Pegasus in the Kentucky Derby.
Godolphin Racing continues to purchase 2-year-olds in training, adding Tempting Fate and the unbeaten Gone West colt West Order to their roster. Last week the Dubai-based racing operation purchased Express Tour with an eye toward next year's Triple Crown races.
Godolphin Racing, continuing its recent trend of buying promising juveniles in an effort to capture a Triple Crown race, has purchased Express Tour for a sum believed to be close to $1 million.
To say that Frankie Dettori is a lucky man would be an understatement. The 29-year-old jockey escaped death in a horrific plane crash that killed his pilot in England only four months ago and did not return to race riding until August.
Godolphin Racing's Almutawakel, winner of the 1999 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been retired to enter stud next year at Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Derrinstown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland.
Boosted by competitive bidding between Sheikh Mohammed, Coolmore Stud interests, and clients of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the second session of Keeneland's fall yearling sale soared to record levels Tuesday, primarily on the strength of horses consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. Among the highlights were the sale of a Storm Cat colt for $6.8 million--the highest price paid for a yearling sold at auction in North America since 1985--and two apparently world record prices for yearling fillies.
Despite slow early fractions of :50.94 and 1:16.14, Godolphin Racing's Fantastic Light closed from next-to-last under jockey Jerry Bailey to win the $500,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) by a length over Ela Athena as European shippers filled the exacta in Saturday's Belmont Park feature race.
Racing and breeding news briefs for Sept. 5, 2000.
Nuclear Debate rallied from off the pace to score a 1 1/4-length triumph over Godolphin Racing's Bertolini in the Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York, England on Thursday.
Godolphin Racing's Muhtathir won the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) by three lengths over Sendawar Sunday at Deauville.
Godolphin Racing’s Aljabr, a U.S.-bred son of Storm Cat who won three group I races, has been retired and will enter stud next year at Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.
Godolphin Racing's Dubai Millennium, who was retired Saturday after breaking a leg during a workout in Newmarket, England, underwent successful surgery Sunday to correct the lateral condylar fracture of his right hind leg.
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