All the leading contenders for the 2003 Vodafone Oaks remain in the June 6 classic after the final forfeit stage on May 22. Godolphin looks to have a particularly strong hand in the £375,000 race over 12 furlongs. The Maktoum family's operation will be aiming for a fourth Oaks success following Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002).
A total of 24 horses remain in the 2003 renewal of the £300,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup after today's forfeit stage, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing heading the list. Hawk Wing began the season with an 11-length win in the May 17 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) over a mile at Newbury.
Irish bred Fidelite upset Godolphin's Hi Dubai, the clear favorite for this year's Vodafone Oaks, in the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sunday.
Germany's Meridiana upset Godolphin's Lady Catherine by 1 1/4 length Sunday in the Italian Oaks (Italy-I) over 1 3/8 mile at San Siro in Milan Sunday.
Despite the fact many feel this year's North American 3-year-old crop could be ripe for the picking, this year's Kentucky Derby will be strictly an all-American affair as Godolphin Racing and trainer Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable will not have representatives in America's classic horse race.
Three-year-olds Inamorato and Danuta are traveling to the United States on April 5, Godolphin announced, but will not run in the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks next month.
Godolphin's Danuta romped to an easy five-length victory in Thursday's UAE Oaks at Nad al Sheba racecourse in Dubai, but a representative of the Dubai-based racing giant is not ready to commit the budding star to a trip to Churchill Downs for the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
While he finished a much-troubled third to Victory Moon in Saturday's Group II $2 million UAE Derby, Inamorato's trainer said afterward that the colt could still make the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 3.
Godolphin Racing's Moon Ballad took advantage of his brilliant speed to capture the $6 million Dubai World Cup in front-running style Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba, giving the Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum-owned stable and jockey Frankie Dettori three victories on the rich card.
Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor appears to have all options covered for the way Saturday's Group I Dubai World Cup will be run. Now it is a question of whether Moon Ballad and Grandera have what it takes to secure the stable their fourth win in the race.
Godolphin's exciting new recruit Sulamani will carry the stable's hopes in reversing a frustrating recent run in the $2 million Group I Dubai Sheema Classic.
Inamorato will be strongly favored to win the fourth Group II UAE Derby for Godolphin in as many years. The 3-year-old's performance will be measured with his potential for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The subdued effect that war with Iraq is having on the $15.2 million Dubai World Cup meeting was evident at the official draw for the big race.
A total of 84 fillies are nominated for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks.
84 fillies are still eligible for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I).
Aidan O'Brien, who has 25 horses nominated for the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas, could also have a busy day on June 7, the date of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom. Godolphin's nominees include the filly Hi Dubai.
See the names, owners, and trainers of all 108 horses eligible for the 2003 Two Thousand Guineas.
It looks as though Godolphin's main hope for the Kentucky Derby will be a colt who will have only three career starts. Inamorato, a maiden winner at Hollywood Park last July in his career debut, romped by 6 lengths in Saturday's Al Bastikiya Prestige Stakes at Nad al Sheba.
Godolphin's Sulamani and Grandera head a list of outstanding runners entered for Dubai's inaugural Super Saturday at Nad Al Sheba, the preview for the Dubai World Cup meeting held three weeks later. Sulamani and Grandera are both entered in third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) and are also entered in the two turf programs on the card.
Champion Storm Flag Flying, and eight fillies each from the Godolphin operation and trainer Todd Pletcher, are among those nominated to the 129th Kentucky Oaks.
Irish-bred Moon Ballad, owned by the Godolphin racing stable and ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Group III Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Round II) at the United Arab Emirates' Nad Al Sheba Thursday.
United States entries Delta Form, Sarafan, Falcon Flight and Texas Glitter try their luck against many of the finest runners in the world in four turf stakes Sunday that make up the Hong Kong International Races.
Trainer David Loder announced Dec. 6 his intention to retire at the end of the 2003 season.
Grade II winner Worldly Manner, who was bought in training as a 2-year-old by Godolphin for a reported $5 million in 1998, will stand the 2003 season at Alex Trebek's Creston Farms near Creston, Calif.
Godolphin's Kazzia, who became the first filly in 12 years to win the group I English Oaks and One Thousand Guineas, has been retired from racing
Godolphin's grade II winner E Dubai, who set the pace for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
Barry Hills' decision to fit cheek pieces to Storming Home after he had flopped at Doncaster last month paid handsome dividends when he romped home in the $620,000 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Group I) Saturday at Newmarket, the trainer's second success in the race after Cormorant Wood 19 years ago.
Arc winner and Irish champion Marienbard has been retired and will stand at East Stud in Japan
- By Steve Haskin
The Niarchos Family's Sulamani, winner of the French Derby, and a fast-closing second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been sold to Godolphin, who will race the son of Hernando next year.
- By Steve Haskin
Godolphin's Sakhee, winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired to Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, England, where he will stand for a fee of £20,000.
Godolphin Racing's Slickly won the Group I Premio Vittorio di Capua Sunday at San Siro in Milan, Italy, defeating Horeion Directa by a length.
English bookmaking firm William Hill has dropped Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Marienbard from its board for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), citing the horse's "withdrawal" from the race at Arlington Park Oct. 26.
Godolphin's Marienbard, with Frankie Dettori riding, came off the rail in the straight to win the 81st running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp by less than a length over French Derby champion Sulamini.
Godolphin has won graded stakes four of the last five weekends; Imperial Gesture keeps string alive in Beldame.
There will be something conspicuous by its absence at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship, and that's the famed babies in blue, also known as the Godolphin 2-year-olds. Last year, the California-based stable ran one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and were represented by two colts in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Jilbab, winner of the C.C.A. Oaks (gr. I) in July, will be the 120-pound highweight in Saturday's Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Philadelphia Park. The daughter of A.P.Indy will face 10 rivals in the Cotillion, the signature race of the fall at the Bensalem, Pa. track.
Godolphin Racing's coupling of Sharp Impact and Anasheed headline a field of 10 2-year-olds in Saturday's grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park.
Events often overtake intentions. When Edward J. DeBartolo created the Super Derby in 1980 for his Louisiana Downs, he intended it to be a late-season showdown for the top 3-year-olds in the nation. And although its name might have been a touch hyperbolic, even arrogant, the Super Derby indeed became a highlight on the racing calendar.
According to Gololphin assistant trainer Tom Albertaini, E Dubai, the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner will likely miss the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
With Godolphin leaning heavily toward running Irish Champion Stakes winner Grandera in Australia's Cox Plate on Oct. 26, there is a good chance that regular rider Frankie Dettori will be assigned the mount, costing him a chance to compete in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
E Dubai, a top international star for Godolphin, will enter stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm in Lexington in 2003. The announcement came shortly after Godolphin retired multi-millionaire Street Cry for stallion duty at Jonabell.
Aidan O'Brien took no chances on Thursday and declared both of his superstars, Hawk Wing and High Chaparral, for the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes.
Godolphin, two of whose stars have been thwarted by Highdown this season, have reacted aggressively by adding the rapidly improving 3-year-old to their own squad, the Racing Post reported.
Street Cry, winner this year of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), has been retired and will stand at stud in 2003 at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm near Lexington. No stud fee was announced.
We've been warned. If it weren't for Tiznow, America's top 3-year-olds and older horses would be waving a white flag right now. While America narrowly escaped the ignominious fate of dropping back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics to European invaders, we're not out of the woods by any means.
Marienbard is helping Godolphin heat up; Mail The Desert succeeds in the Moyglare Stud Stakes
The 2002 Atto Mile has become truly international after Godolphin announced that their Group I winner, Noverre, will be making his next start at Woodbine in the $1 million event on Sunday, September 8.
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.
Islington captured her second straight group I win Wednesday with an outstanding performance in the Ashton Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York.
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.
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