The picture for the Breeders' Cup World Championships did not take on any new vibrant colors over the weekend, only the two "wow" performances by horses who were expected to do so, one of whom likely will not be competing at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
A blue-blooded Red Ransom filly named Red Dune became the first yearling to make seven figures at the Goffs' 2006 Million sale when selling Tuesday in Ireland for 1.05 million euros to agent John Ferguson, acting for Sheikh Mohammed.
By Dan Liebman - Many famous bidding wars have taken place at Keeneland, but never has the competition been as fierce as that between the ruler of Dubai, and the master of Ireland-based Coolmore Stud.
Before Sheikh Mohammed left Kentucky, he took the time to discuss his huge investment in Keeneland September yearlings, his desire to win the Kentucky Derby, and Bernardini.
Rulers of the United Arab Emirates were accused in a lawsuit of enslaving tens of thousands of boys over three decades and forcing them to work as jockeys in the popular sport of camel racing.
The Keeneland September yearling auction turned in a solid performance Wednesday in Lexington during the first open session following two days of select offerings.
The pace of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling remained brisk Tuesday with the buying power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai leading the way. A new September sale record price of $11.7 million was established along with an all-time high for a session average.
After breaking from the gate a bit slowly, the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale quickly picked up speed, led by the purchasing power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, to post increases in average and median price despite the gross and number of horses selling showing a slight decline.
The Jockey Club announced Thursday the election of eight new members: Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, John Amerman, Ramona Bass, William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, Tracy Farmer, Ian Highet, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Walter S. Robertson.
By Ray Paulick - There is profound sadness in the Bluegrass region as its residents and extended network of friends and family begin to deal with the tragedy of Comair flight 5191, which left 49 people dead when it crashed on takeoff at the end of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport Runway 26 in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 27.
The opening session of the 86th annual Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale was one for the ladies, as a strong market for fillies led the way Tuesday evening in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Three of the eight highest-priced yearlings that sold for $500,000 or more were fillies, including the session topper -- a $1,150,000 daughter of first-year sire Sky Mesa. A colt by Distorted Humor later sold for $1 million.
Sheikh Mohammed has bought back Japanese stallion Lammtarra from Arrow Stud.
The third Darley Flying Start student conference was held July 19 at Keeneland Race Course. The eleven students in the 2005-2007 class presented individual topics ranging from 2-year-old sales to betting exchanges and rebates.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Lexington, should have more of a European flavor than usual.
Sheikh Mohammed owns a rapidly growing breeding operation in Japan, but he can't get an owner's license from the Japan Racing Association (JRA) even though he has tried for years.
As Darley's presence in the United States expands, so has their management team, according to a release issued June 1. Jimmy Bell, president of Darley USA is racing manager; Dan Pride is now chief operation officer; and Charlie Boden has been appointed to Pride's previous position as stallion nominations manager.
Darley Stable's Bernardini, 5 1/4-length winner of the May 20 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to a statement released by Darley.
A Red Bullet colt named Unbridled Slew shattered a Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training record Tuesday when he brought the auction's highest price ever of $2.5 million.
Japanese group I winner Utopia has been purchased by Godolphin from Makoto Kaneko with the intention of racing him this year, then standing him in 2006 in Darley Japan.
Darley Stable's Bernardini quickly drew away from favored Luxembourg at the head of the stretch to win the $142,500 Withers (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at a mile Saturday on Aqueduct's fast main track.
Rockport Harbor, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation and will enter stud at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
Dubai Escapade kept her streak going with an easy victory Wednesday in the Vinery Madison (gr. II) at Keeneland.
A life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner, Dubai Millennium, was unveiled Thursday, just three days before the running of the Dubai World Cup program, inside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The Godolphin Gallery is open to visitors at the racecourse.
Half-sisters to 2005 Eclipse Award winners Ashado, Folklore, and Stevie Wonderboy were foaled in March.
A Deputy Commander colt brought $475,000 Tuesday to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
Major winners Consolidator and Dubawi will be sent to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia following their first Northern Hemisphere engagements.
The average price rose to a record height Tuesday during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course in South Florida.
Moon Cactus, whose classic-winning daughter Moonshell died from hemorrhaging in January at Woodpark Stud in Ireland, died a day after foaling a Singspiel colt Feb. 5.
English classic winner Moonshell died Jan. 21 from hemorraging after delivering a Pivotal colt at Woodpark Stud in County Meath, Ireland.
A service in memory of the late Dr. Michael Osborne will be held Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary church in Lexington, Ky.
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Henny Hughes has not yet joined Godolphin Stable, but is in training with Millennium Stables at Nad al Sheba under the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed's son Sheikh Rashid.
Ashado, who sold for a world-record $9 million at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is booked to Storm Cat, the world's most expensive stallion.
Alkaased, who won the Nov. 27 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) in world-record time to end his career, will begin his stallion career at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Stallion Complex in Japan for a fee of ¥2.5 million (approximately $20,700).
Alkaased, who won the Nov. 27 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) in world-record time, has been retired to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Japan following Darley's purchase of the 5-year-old son of Kingmambo.
Leading European 3-year-old filly Shawanda and multiple group I winner Valixir are among four horses that Godolphin Stables has purchased from the Aga Khan.
Pampered Princess and Stellar Jayne, both grade I winners, have been retired from racing to become broodmares.
Tattersalls' December Foal Sale finished Saturday with a record aggregate of 23,295,600 guineas, up 27% on 2004, and a record median of 18,000 guineas, a 24% increase.
The only Sadler's Wells catalogued topped a furious day's trading at Tattersalls' December Foal Sale in Newmarket Friday when selling for 470,000 guineas to Demi O'Byrne on behalf of the Coolmore team.
Trading stepped up a gear as the better lots appeared on day two of Tattersalls' December Foal Sale in Newmarket, England Thursday, with John Ferguson buying three of the four six-figure lots on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed.
When champion filly Ashado was led into the Keeneland sales ring Monday, there was an air of anticipation that big things were about to happen. In the end, the result was a bidding war between agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, and the Coolmore group; Ferguson came out on top, paying a world-record price of $9 million for a broodmare or broodmare prospect.
So far, Darley Stable's Henny Hughes has been the best man to First Samurai's groom. But Henny Hughes' new trainer, Kiaran McLauglin, thinks it's possible to move his colt into the No. 1 spot in Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation has announced its fees for the 2006 season, and will start newcomers Dubawi at £25,000 and Doyen at £10,000 at Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England.
The opening session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Part Two in England on Tuesday returned very strong figures.
Irish 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) winner Dubawi, a son of Dubai Millennium's only crop, has been retired because of an injury. He was to have started next in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
European champion Shamardal, who currently is spending his first season at stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia near Aberdeen, will begin his Northern Hemisphere career in 2006 at the Sheikh's Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley organization has donated a season to its successful stallion Elusive Quality to the American Red Cross "Katrina Relief" fund.
Pebbles, the first British horse to win a Breeders' Cup race, has died in Japan.
The promise of a "family affair" was kept Saturday at Haydock Park with the result of the group I William Hill Sprint Cup. Goodricke, carrying the colors of Sheikh Mohammed, held off the speedy filly La Cucaracha to notch his first group I score.
Godolphin's Dubawi stormed down the middle of the Deauville course Sunday to record a decisive victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) and shatter the unbeaten filly Divine Proportions' nine-race winning streak.
Mick Kinane landed his second group 1 win within the space of five days when he helped Proclamation, the 3-1 second favorite, gain a tactical edge over 2-1 market leader and defending champion Soviet Song to land the one-mile Sussex Stakes Wednesday at Goodwood.