Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman is headed for Dubai on Dec 15.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman is headed for Dubai on Dec 15.
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Rick Samuels

Godolphin 2-Year-Olds Heading for Dubai

Departing on Monday, Dec. 15.

Following their final breeze at Keeneland on Saturday, Godolphin’s precious cargo of 2-year-olds will depart for Dubai on Monday, Dec. 15, assistant trainer Rick Mettee said.


The contingent will be headed by Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) winner Midshipman  and Champagne and Hopeful (both gr. I) winner Vineyard Haven. Godolphin purchased the latter from majority owner Bobby Frankel in November. Midshipman came along with Godolphin’s purchase of all of the Stonerside Farm horses.


Also on the passenger list are Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Desert Party , who had raced in Darley’s colors; Jose Adan, who was purchased after being disqualified from first in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), and the graded stakes-winning 3-year-old Two Step Salsa .


The question now is, how does Godolphin separate their 2009 3-year-olds, whose ultimate objective in Dubai will be the grade II United Arab Emirates (UAE) Derby, which Mettee acknowledged is always a tough spot because of the inclusion of Southern Hemisphere horses, who actually are considered 4-year-olds by North American standards.


Midshipman and Vineyard Haven have already had two breezes at Keeneland, with both colts going three-eighths in :36 on Nov. 29 and then breezing a half :49 and :50 2/5, respectively, on Dec. 6.