Mafaaz (GB)

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  • Born 2006
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General Quarters Takes Blue Grass

General Quarters Takes Blue Grass

Some thought General Quarters' Sam F. Davis (gr. III) win two starts back was a fluke. But the son of Sky Mesa proved them wrong by powering to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11 at Keeneland, and he will now head to next month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as a legitimate contender.

Blue Grass Notes - April 9

Blue Grass Notes - April 9

Shadwell Stable's Mafaaz, who will make his U.S. debut in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, visited the starting gate April 9 at Keeneland and then galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Miguel Moya.

Hold Me Back Favored in Blue Grass

Hold Me Back Favored in Blue Grass

WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, was installed as the moderate 3-1 morning-line favorite when 11 horses were entered for the April 11 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

Blue Grass Notes - April 7

Blue Grass Notes - April 7

When Charitable Man goes to post in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, he will be making his first start since winning the Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park on Sept. 13.

Blue Grass Works Being Lined Up

Blue Grass Works Being Lined Up

Adele Dilschneider's Terrain put in his final major move for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland on April 4 with exercise rider Keith Harris up.

Mafaaz Headed for U.S. April 4

Mafaaz Headed for U.S. April 4

Peter Shoemark, racing office manager for John Gosden Racing, said that Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz was scheduled to depart England early the morning of April 4 with a scheduled arrival in Wilmington, Del., at 9:55 a.m.

Mafaaz Earns Berth in Kentucky Derby

Mafaaz Earns Berth in Kentucky Derby

Sheikh Hamdan's Mafaaz held off a trio of horses at the wire to win the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England's Kempton Park March 18 and earned an automatic berth in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 2.

Kentucky Derby Challenge Analysis

Kentucky Derby Challenge Analysis

Other than creating an uproar when the 20th horse on the Kentucky Derby earnings list gets left out of the Derby field, Wednesday's Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton looks unlikely to offer much to the Run for the Roses, unless one of four or five horses can come away with an impressive win.

14 Seek Derby Spot in Kempton Race

14 Seek Derby Spot in Kempton Race

A maximum field of 14 has been entered for the inaugural running of the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England's Kempton Park racecourse on Wednesday March 18. The race offers an automatic berth in this year's May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for the winner of the Challenge Stakes.

Connections

Trainer John H. M. Gosden
Jockey Richard Hills
Owner Shadwell Stable (Hamdan Al Maktoum)
Breeder The Complimentary Pass Partnership

Pedigree

Mafaaz (GB) View Five-Cross Pedigree Medicean (GB) Machiavellian
Mystic Goddess
Complimentary Pass (GB) Danehill
Capo Di Monte (IRE)

Auction History

Sale / Hip Type Buyer Consignor Price
TATFOA2006
Hip 990
Weanling Hugo Merry Bloodstock Tweenhills Farm & Stud $462,569
TATOCT2007
Hip 648
Yearling Shadwell Estate Co. Croom House Stud $853,314

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