The troubled state of world politics will keep Prince Ahmed bin Salman at home in Saudi Arabia for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The chairman of The Thoroughbred Corp. owns two of the day's leading contenders: Officer, the heavy favorite in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Habibti, the morning-line second choice in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Salman is also chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group, a commercial enterprise based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that owns the world's largest Arab language newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat. Since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, his newspaper office in London has had windows smashed and experienced an anthrax scare.
"With everything going on at the newspaper and so much impacting Saudi Arabia, he felt it would be inappropriate to leave the country," said Terence Collier, a consultant to Salman and director of marketing for the Fasig-Tipton sales company. "It seems to be affecting the other Arab families, as well, who have duties and responsibilities in their countries."
Salman is the nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.
On Monday, someone in the mailroom of Asharq Al-Awsat's London office opened two envelopes containing a white powder that resembled the powder found recently in anthrax-contaminated letters. The contents were tested by police and determined to be safe. The hoax has forced the newspaper's offices around the world to increase security, according to Collier.
"One reason he called me was to say, 'Don't think only people in the non-Muslim world are suffering,'" Collier said.