Dubai-based Darley Stable completed its domination at Saratoga Race Course this weekend when favored Dubai Escapade demolished the field in the $240,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup (gr. I) for fillies and mares Sunday.
With some fast horses and a little luck, Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup (gr. I) may cap an embarrassment of riches weekend for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley Stables.
Darley Stable's Dubai Escapade, a winner of four straight in 2006, will carry top weight of 122 pounds when she faces six rivals in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr I) Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Odds-on favorite Dubai Escapade set an intimidating pace, then shook off the challenge of Smokey Glacken in upper stretch and powered home to win the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares by six lengths at Belmont Park Sunday.
Changing Weather, with Robby Albarado aboard, rallied from sixth and held off Court Folly in a duel of stretch runners to score a head victory in Saturday's $109,800 Matt Winn for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
An ankle injury has knocked Darley Stable's Barbican out of consideration for the 132nd running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and wagering on the colt has been suspended in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
- By Jack Shinar
Track operators pledged their support to improving the conditions of racing surfaces in the state after about 25 trainers descended on the California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park to seek the commission's assistance.
Despite drifting out in the stretch run, Shamoan held off the outsider Apache Point to win the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows Friday night.
Winless in seven career starts, Robador saved his best for the stretch run, nabbing Lucky J.H. in the closing strides to win the $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief for 3-year-olds by a half-length at Hollywood Park Sunday. The 1/8-mile affair was the showcase event of the $1.3 million Gold Rush for California-breds.
Trainer Julio Canani's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship-bound duo of Special Ring and Sweet Catomine both worked at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.
Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, reports the latest developments from Saratoga.
Francis Gaffard of France is spending two weeks at Hollywood Park in the Eoin Harty stable as part of the Darley Flying Start program, one of a dozen aspiring young horsemen earning racing experience.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed his enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) even though Godolphin will not be represented in the big race for the second year in a row.
Trainer Eoin Harty expects a solid effort from the Irish-bred mare Firth of Lorne in Saturday's $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
Godolphin has announced that Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) winner Ruler's Court will miss the UAE Derby (UAE-I) on March 27 after suffering a knee injury in Dubai, eliminating the colt from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) picture.
A February-born Singspiel colt out of champion racemare Bosra Sham set the Tattersalls sale ring alight in Newmarket Friday night when selling for 525,000 guineas to Sheik Mohammed at the December Foal Sale.
This is the third in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. While Bob Baffert is taking his time sorting out his Derby contenders, his former assistant Eoin Harty bids farewell to his top stars. This week, we'll focus on the "new" Godolphin stable.
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Got Koko worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Thursday at Santa Anita.
Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) winner Designed For Luck emerged from Sunday's race in good order, trainer Vladimir Cerin said, and later this week will begin preparations for his next start in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Meanwhile, Breeders' Cup plans were undecided for Ruler's Court and Baffert ruled out the Cup for his three juveniles.
Trainer Eoin Harty didn't give up on Ruler's Court and the 2-year-old colt proved Harty's faith to be well placed with a 14-length triumph in Sunday's $250,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Zosima, the juvenile filly whose name would appear last alphabetically among this year's crop of the 2-year-olds racing under the Darley banner, may end up first in their hearts.
Darley Stud Management's promising 2-year-old filly Tizdubai will be sidelined for the remainder of the year after suffering a condylar fracture of the right front ankle.
Cooperation will carry trainer Bob Baffert's hopes for an eighth straight Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) victory Wednesday.
Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) winner Tizdubai, a full sister to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, will skip the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Aug. 30 and wait for the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, trainer Eoin Harty said Sunday morning.
Featuring the return of Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Perfect Moon and four impressive maiden winners at the seaside, a field of 11 classy 2-year-olds is set for Sunday's $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar main track.
The royal blue colors of Godolphin Racing will no longer be a dominant presence in North American racing after this year, said Eoin Harty, Godolphin's main North American-based trainer.
Darley Stud's Tizdubai stalked the pacesetting favorite Dirty Diana into the stretch before blowing past her rival to record an easy four-length triumph in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
Perfect Moon spoiled the stakes debut of highly regarded Ruler's Court in the $102,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday with a crafty ride from Patrick Valenzuela.
Even though he is void of stakes experience, Ruler's Court will be a heavy to win Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) Saturday, a six-furlong event for 2-year-olds.
Trainer Eoin Harty, who has the favorite, Ruler's Court, in Saturday's Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III), is off to his best North American start for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Darley Stud Management Inc.'s Ruler's Court, one of several promising juvenile winners for trainer Eoin Harty, will likely make his stakes debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
Richard Englander's undefeated Just Too Too will be looking for graded stakes company after her easy front-running victory in the $112,300 Flawlessly for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday, her fifth straight victory.
Godolphin Racing's Tizdubai, a 2-year-old full sister to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow and millionaire Budroyale, continues to train forwardly for her debut, which will most likely take place later this summer.
The internationally renowned royal blue silks of Godolphin Stable will be seen on a frequent basis at Hollywood Park beginning next week, trainer Eoin Harty reported Friday from his training base at Santa Anita.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Ray Sibille, who joined the 4,000-win club three years ago, has successfully returned to the saddle from a compressed vertebrae injury that sidelined him from Jan. 2 until the closing days of the Hawthorne meeting.
The blue colors of Godolphin Racing are back in Southern California. Trainer Eoin Harty has entrusted 44 of the Maktoum Family's runners to the care of his new assistant, Alex Hassinger.
Godolphin Racing has nominated Tale Of The Cat's son Inamorato as its chief Kentucky Derby prospect ahead of his run in Saturday's $2 million UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba.
Godolphin Racing's Sharp Impact remained perfect in his brief career with a 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park.
A wide open field of eight 2-year-olds will battle Saturday in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.
The familiar all blue colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing could show up again soon at the seashore, trainer Eoin Harty said the morning of Aug. 29.
Inamorato, considered by many the top 2-year-old prospect in Eoin Harty's talent-rich Godolphin Racing stable, will miss next week's Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) because of a virus and now appears unlikely for the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on the seaside track's Sept. 11 closing-day program.
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing scored its first 2-year-old victory of the season in California on Saturday when Eoin Harty-trained Inamorato rallied strongly from off the pace to win a good maiden heat at Hollywood Park.
This year's mass invasion of Godolphin-owned 2-year-olds is now complete, American-based trainer Eoin Harty said Thursday. A total of 52 juveniles are now in California, with roughly half currently stabled at Fairplex Park and the others still in quarantine at Hollywood Park.
Godolphin Racing's Tempera, the North American champion 2-year-old filly last year, finished a well-beaten second to stablemate Infinite Spirit in the $250,000 UAE One Thousand Guineas at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday night.
It was only a matter of time. Not just for the Maktoum family's Godolphin operation, which proved to be a dominating presence at the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, but for Eoin Harty, a fifth-generation Irish horseman who left the Bob Baffert racing stable two years ago to train Godolphin's string of 2-year-olds in the United States
The Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 30 was expected to be a rematch of Del Mar's Debutante Stakes (gr. I), a race won by Habibti, with Who Loves Aleyna second and Tempera third. But it looks as though Habibti will be the only one of those three contesting the one-mile Oak Leaf.
Street Cry, Godolphin's main hope for the May 5 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.
When he left California in early January to spend the winter in Dubai, trainer Eoin Harty hinted he might split his stable when he returned in April. He confirmed that on Thursday.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has accounted for winners of the last four runnings of the Del Mar Futurity, is represented by three of the nine 2-year-olds entered in Wednesday's renewal. The Futurity is the feature on Del Mar's closing-day card.
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