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Top International Stables a Derby No Show

Despite the fact many feel this year's North American 3-year-old crop could be ripe for the picking, this year's Kentucky Derby will be strictly an all-American affair as Godolphin Racing and trainer Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable will not have representatives in America's classic horse race.

Godolphin Purchases Highdown

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Godolphin, two of whose stars have been thwarted by Highdown this season, have reacted aggressively by adding the rapidly improving 3-year-old to their own squad, the Racing Post reported.

Fight Your Corner Running in Epsom Derby

Fight Your Corner, winner of the Chester Vase, will run in the Vodafone Epsom Derby. Sheikh Mohammed, who bought the colt to race in the colors of his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, made the decision to pay a £90,000 supplementary fee after consulting with Sheikh Hamdan and trainer Mark Johnston.

O'Brien Keeps 13 Entered for July Cup

Aidan O'Brien has entered 13 horses, including his two classic winners so far this season, Rock Of Gibraltar and Landseer, for Europe's premier sprint, the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 11. He has also entered the horse considered by most to be an unlucky loser of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Hawk Wing.

Champion Tempera Buried at Jonabell

Godolphin Racing's Tempera, last year's champion 2-year-old filly and one of leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Oaks, was buried at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. following her death due to colitis and laminitis.

Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

Toga Toga Toga Euthanized

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Toga Toga Toga, who won the 1997 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I), was euthanized in late November after fracturing a leg in an accident at Bruce Gibbs' Greenfield Farm near Lexington. The 9-year-old mare was in foal to Pulpit.

Godolphin Wins First Australian Race

Godolphin won its first Australian race at Flemington on Nov. 10 as Hatha Anna narrowly defeated the local stayers in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aust-II) over 2,500 meters. The initial success came after Godolphin had for the second time supplied the runner-up in the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) when Give the Slip was run down by Ethereal.

Godolphin One-Two in Juvenile Fillies

Eoin Harty, who was hired by Sheikh Mohammed to train 2-year-olds in this country to try and win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), may eventually accomplish that, but Saturday he showcased fillies, running one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Tempera and Imperial Gesture.

Godolphin One-Two in Juvenile Fillies

Eoin Harty, who was hired by Sheikh Mohammed to train 2-year-olds in this country to try and win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), may eventually accomplish that, but Saturday he showcased fillies, running one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Tempera and Imperial Gesture.

Fantastic Light to Dalham Hall

Godolphin millionaire Fantastic Light will retire to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, following an appearance in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Agnes World to Stand in England

Agnes World, who stood his first season this year in Japan and is now standing the Southern Hemisphere season in Australia, will stand in 2002 at Dalham Hall Stud in England.

Dubai Destination Claims First Group Win

Dubai Destination, a $1.5 million Keeneland July sale purchase owned by Godolphin Racing, won his first stakes race Friday at Doncaster in the Rothmans Royals Champagne Stakes (Eng-II). It was the colt's third start, and his impressive victory made has made him the favorite for next season's Sagitta 2000 Guineas. Godolphin's Ekraar won the Amco Corp. Troy Stakes the same day.

Keeneland Selected Sessions End on Positive Note

Wednesday began with a lot of questions for the Keeneland Association, mostly surrounding what effect the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday would have on resumption of the September Yearling Sale. By the end of the day, the sales company in Lexington, Ky. had gotten affirmation that the right decision had been made. There was competitive bidding between buyers from North America, Europe, and Middle Eastern countries during the session, which was highlighted by a Storm Cat colt sold for $6.4 million.

First Day Firepower: Keeneland Sale Begins on Strong Note

Powered by big-spending Maktoum family from Dubai, the Keeneland September yearling sale blasted off like a rocket on Sept. 10. The first of the auction's two select sessions established opening day records for average price and median. In addition, the second-most-expensive horse in the auction's history, a $5.5- million Storm Cat colt, was sold.

Sheikh Mohammed Makes More Headlines With Sunday Silence

Sheikh Mohammed's homebred Silent Honor captured Tuesday's Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-II) by a short head over Lady High Havens. The win came a day after John Ferguson purchased five sons and daughters of Sunday Silence on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale.

Golfing Phenom Meets Sheikh, Tours Stables

Tiger Woods, the reigning champion of the golfing world, spent Wednesday afternoon touring the state of the art Al Quoz Stables in Dubai, the home of Godolphin Racing. During the tour of Al Quoz, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum told the golfer that one of Godolphin's most promising 2-year-olds was to be named Dubai Tiger. A son of Storm Cat out of the Saratoga Six mare Toga Toga Toga, Dubai Tiger was purchased for $1.8 million at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Timber Country to Dubai

U.S. classic winner and overseas stallion Timber Country will stand the 2001 season in Dubai. The 8-year-old son of Woodman will stand under a lease arrangement at Sheikh Mohammed's Emirates Stud Farm.

Market Mover

By Ray Paulick -- Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has been a major market influence since his first purchase at a North American yearling sale 20 years ago.

Lane's End Boosts Keeneland Sale to Record Levels

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.

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