Barbara FitzGerald to focus on the development of new and existing overseas markets.
The board of directors of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has sent Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mansour, chairman of the Emirates Racing Association, an official position statement on the disqualification of Brass Hat from his second-place finish in this year's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), and has asked the association to reconsider its position.
A three-member panel of the Emirates Racing Authority on Monday heard the appeal of the connections of Brass Hat over the gelding's disqualification of his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Several states have announced their state-bred champions who have proven themselves worthy of receiving honors in 2005.
Arlington Park announced today that Kevin Greely has been named vice president of racing and racing secretary. Greely joins Arlington Park following more than a decade with the Emirates Racing Association and Dubai Racing Club, where he served as secretary to the association and racing secretary.
Mazin Al Kurdi, the Emirates Racing Association's champion trainer in each of the last two seasons, had his licence suspended for four months Dec. 4. Four of his seven winners this season tested positively for the banned substance boldenone, a steroid.
The proposal from Dubai World Cup committee member Michael Osborne that the highlight of the meeting should be on turf racing and not a dirt race is unlikely to receive much support from his colleagues.
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Les Benton, chairman of the Dubai World Cup and chief executive of the Emirates Racing Association, submitted his resignation last week and will leave for Australia in mid-June.
Street Cry's stellar performance to win the seventh running of the Group I Dubai World Cup in March earned the Godolphin Racing star's the Emirates Racing Association's Nashwan Horse of the Year Award for 2001-02.
King Midas, a winning 6-year-old son of Bluebird, brought the top price of 150,000 dirhams ($40,839) during the Thoroughbred portion of the Emirates Racing Association's horses in training sale Monday and Tuesday in Dubai.
Irish jockey Wayne Smith, who has14 wins to his credit during the current racing season in the United Arab Emirates, has been suspended for three race meetings as a result of his winning ride aboard Skoozi in Thursday's Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba.
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