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Sara Louise Back to One Mile in Top Flight

Sara Louise Back to One Mile in Top Flight

Godolphin Stable's 3-year-old Sara Louise, making her first start since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita, headlines a field of nine for the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going one mile Nov. 27 at Aqueduct.

Gayego Will Be in His Niche in the BC Sprint

Gayego Will Be in His Niche in the BC Sprint

Gayego competed in two legs of the 2008 Triple Crown and captured the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles, but "we think we've found a niche for him in sprint races being a closing sprinter," said Rick Mettee, a key assistant to Godolphin Racing trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Midshipman Impressive in Return

Midshipman Impressive in Return

Godolphin's Midshipman, last year's champion 2-year-old colt who hasn't run since his victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), returned in top form Sept. 18, winning a competitive allowance/optional claimer at Belmont Park by 3 1/2 lengths.

Summer Bird Posts Travers Work

Summer Bird Posts Travers Work

Kent Desormeaux climbed aboard Summer Bird Aug. 15 as the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner put in his first serious work for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) over the main track at Saratoga.

Seventh Street Tops Go For Wand Field

Seventh Street Tops Go For Wand Field

When jockey Rajiv Maragh eased Godolphin Racing's Seventh Street back into an ideal stalking position in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) on June 13 at Belmont Park, he didn't expect two other horses owned by the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai, Godolphin Racing's Music Note and Darley Stable's Sea Chanter, to charge up and force a furious pace.

Tam Lin Notches Kelso Victory

Tam Lin Notches Kelso Victory

Already a graded stakes winner overseas, Godolphin Stable's Tam Lin became a grade II winner on American soil when he wore down Forefathers in upper stretch and sped away to a convincing 4 1/4-length victory Sept. 28 in the $250,000 Kelso Handicap on the Belmont turf.

Barcola Heads Stuyvesant 'Cap

Barcola Heads Stuyvesant 'Cap

Trainer Mark Hennig knows Barcola is a superior horse over the Delaware Park surface. Now he wants to know if the colt can be as effective at Aqueduct, and he'll find out Nov. 17 in the New York track's $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr.III).

Returning Anew, Songster Vie in Bold Ruler

The two best sprinters in Saturday's $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) have at least one thing in common: they both have not raced since August. Despite their vacations, Anew and Songster's 2006 campaigns make them the horses to beat in six-furlong heat.

Utopia Wins Rough Westchester in U.S. Debut

Godolphin Stable's Utopia, a 7-year-old Japanese-bred who had not started since winning the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) more than a year ago, stayed strong on the rail, overcoming a rough stretch run for a one-length victory in Wednesday's $107,700 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature of Belmont Park's 60-day spring/summer meet.

Discreet Cat Razor Sharp in Cigar Mile Breeze

Unbeaten Discreet Cat, headed to Saturday's Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct, breezed a bullet five furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track Sunday morning in :59 -- the fastest of 34 workouts at the distance.

Discreet Cat Breezes 6 Panels for Cigar Mile

Godolphin Racing's Discreet Cat, expected to run in the $300,000 Hill `n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 25 at Aqueduct, breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 2/5 on Belmont Park's fast main track this morning.

Discreet Cat Returns to Action Friday at Spa

Godolphin's Discreet Cat, off since a dominating win in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) on March 26, was a somewhat surprising entrant in Friday's third race at Saratoga, a "non-winners of three other than" allowance that also carries an optional $75,000 claiming tag.

Stellar Jayne Taking Final Lap in Top Flight

Godolphin Racing's Stellar Jayne is scheduled to make her last start in Friday's $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at one mile before being retired. The three-time grade I winner has banked more than $1.4 million and will be the filly to beat in the Top Flight.

Wildcat Heir's Breeze Tops Tuesday Workout Tab

Training activity among Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships contenders at Belmont Park was not nearly as hectic Tuesday as it was Monday, with only four main track works and one grass work. One of the most impressive works of the day was a five-furlong breeze by TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Wildcat Heir, whose clocking of :59 2/5 was the best among 21 horses working that distance.

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