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Saratoga Diary: Jake and the Sheikh

The 85-year-old "white cap" - which is the term by which red-vested ushers such as Jake Schmidt used to be called - has handled this assignment for several years now. And what he likes best about it is that he gets to be on television so his grandsons in California can see him.

Discreet Cat Returns to Action Friday at Spa

Godolphin's Discreet Cat, off since a dominating win in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) on March 26, was a somewhat surprising entrant in Friday's third race at Saratoga, a "non-winners of three other than" allowance that also carries an optional $75,000 claiming tag.

Alfred G. Vanderbilt: Migliore Confident in Afrashad

Afrashad, unbeaten but untested against stakes company, faces a stern test Saturday at Saratoga in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup (gr. II). Five battle-tested foes await in the $200,000 race, but jockey Richard Migliore is confident in Godolphin Racing's 4-year-old colt.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Dubai Do or Don't?

Perhaps it is time to stop poring over every bit of minutia concerning this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and just go with the flow. If you don't, your brain will be fried by the time the Twin Spires come into view and the scent of roses is in the air.

Dubai Millennium Honored in Godolphin Gallery

A life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner, Dubai Millennium, was unveiled Thursday, just three days before the running of the Dubai World Cup program, inside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The Godolphin Gallery is open to visitors at the racecourse.

Discreet Cat Victorious in UAE Derby Prep

As expected, Godolphin's new recruit Discreet Cat ran out the facile winner of a mile conditions race on the Nad Al Sheba dirt Thursday night to secure his berth in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in just over two weeks time.

Discreet Cat to Run in Dubai Thursday; Henny Hughes Behind Schedule

Discreet Cat, purchased privately by Godolphin late last year, is set to make his first start for that stable Thursday evening at Nad Al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, it would appear increasingly unlikely that Henny Hughes, runner-up in last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will be ready in time to contest the UAE Derby (UAE-II).

Electrocutionist Wins World Cup Test in Style

Godolphin's Electrocutionist put up an impressive show for his first outing on the dirt and his new connections when landing the US$300,000 Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (UAE-II), sponsored by Derrinstown Stud, at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday evening over 2,000 meters.

Godolphin's Shamardal Rebounds In Big Way

Last year's European champion 2-year-old colt Shamardal, considered a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect for his new Godolphin team until he flopped in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in March, bounced back in a big way Sunday at Longchamps, winning the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) in front-running style.

Derby Travel Plans Set for Blues and Royals

Officials with Dubai-based Godolphin have notified Churchill Downs that Blues and Royals, winner of the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II), would arrive in Kentucky on April 25 for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Sore Shins Sideline Shamardal

Shamardal, Godolphin Racing's chief Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hope before his disappointing run in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba on March 26, is almost certain to miss the American classic May 7 due to sore shins.

Setback Knocks Balletto Out of Kentucky Oaks

Godolphin's Balletto, runner-up to champion Sweet Catomine in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and winner of the Frizette (gr. I) at Belmont Park, has suffered a training "setback" that has knocked her out of consideration for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

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