Keyword: Sheikh Mohammed

  • Darley Continues Buying Spree Down Under

    It seems purchasing sprinting sensation Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona) for A$22 million (U.S. $16.9 million) last month wasn't enough for the ever-expanding Darley in Australia. The big boys have just grown a tad more and in the interim again turned the screws on all Australian stud rivals by buying Australia's best 3-year-old Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass) for A$20 million (U.S.$15.3 million) overnight.

  • Darley Expanding Australian Stallion Operation

    When Darley came to Australia in 2001, everyone connected withThoroughbred breeding sensed it was going to be a move of significance. Last year, Darley stood 10 stallions and attracted 785 mares.

  • World-record priced Fusaichi Pegasus colt.

    Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale Posts Record Average, Gross; Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets World Record

    Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.

  • Little Jim Takes UAE Two Thousand Guineas

    The Satish Seemar-trained Little Jim was a convincing winner of the UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) on his local debut at Nad Al Sheba Feb. 5 to confirm the good impression the colt had made in his native Argentina last year.

  • Sheikh Mohammed, left, and Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Godolphin Noms Shutout a Shocker

    So, Godolphin, which has been intent on winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) the past several years, has decided not to nominate a single horse this year. For a stable that focused each year on the first Saturday in May, this is a perplexing turn of events. Or is it?

  • Dubai Destination to Dalham Hall in England

    Godolphin announced the retirement of English group I winner Dubai Destination for stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England.

  • Report: Sheikh Mohammed Buying Eydon Hall Interests

    According to a published report in Great Britain, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has agreed to purchase the bloodstock interests of Eydon Hall Farm, the internationally successful racing and breeding operation put together by the late Gerald Leigh.

  • Late-Developing With Reason Continues Winning Ways

    Sheikh Mohammed's With Reason, a gelded son of Nashwan who did not make his first start until earlier this year at age five, was strongly ridden by Frankie Dettori in the stretch to win Thursday's Charlton Hunt Supreme Stakes (Eng-III) at England's Goodwood Racecourse.

  • Danzig colt, topped Monday's Keeneland sale session.

    Keeneland Sale: Speed from the Gate

    Keeneland's September yearling sale broke out of the starting gate running hard. Nearly every key business figure sprinted ahead of last year's pace on Sept. 8 during the first of the auction's two select sessions.

  • Sulamani, carries Godolphin banner in Arlington Million.

    Sulamani Crosses Pond for Arlington Million

    Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park is a stepping stone toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for European invader Sulamani.

  • Top International Stables a Derby No Show

    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.

  • Darley Plans Foray Into Japanese Racing

    Sheikh Mohammed's involvement in Japanese racing is to be stepped up next year, with six 2-year-old colts set to race for Darley Japan, probably based at Funabashi Racecourse.

  • Godolphin Purchases Highdown

    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, winning the Dubai World Cup.

    Street Cry Retired; To Stand at Jonabell

    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.

  • Darley Purchases Australian Property

    As its 2002 southern roster is about to assemble, Darley has confirmed the purchase of Kelvinside Stud in the Hunter Valley as the base for its Australian breeding base from 2003.

  • Fight Your Corner Running in Epsom Derby

    Fight Your Corner, winner of the Chester Vase, will run in the Vodafone Epsom Derby. Sheikh Mohammed, who bought the colt to race in the colors of his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, made the decision to pay a £90,000 supplementary fee after consulting with Sheikh Hamdan and trainer Mark Johnston.

  • Johannesburg the 2001 champion begins his sprint career in the July Cup.

    O'Brien Keeps 13 Entered for July Cup

    Aidan O'Brien has entered 13 horses, including his two classic winners so far this season, Rock Of Gibraltar and Landseer, for Europe's premier sprint, the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 11. He has also entered the horse considered by most to be an unlucky loser of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Hawk Wing.

  • Tempera, winning the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filllies.

    Champion Tempera Buried at Jonabell

    Godolphin Racing's Tempera, last year's champion 2-year-old filly and one of leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Oaks, was buried at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. following her death due to colitis and laminitis.

  • Harlan's Holiday, in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby.

    Likely Derby Favorite, Others in Final Workouts

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby, underwent his final workout for Saturday's classic when he breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5.

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    Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

    With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

  • Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

    With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

  • Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

    With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

  • Toga Toga Toga Euthanized

    Toga Toga Toga, who won the 1997 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I), was euthanized in late November after fracturing a leg in an accident at Bruce Gibbs' Greenfield Farm near Lexington. The 9-year-old mare was in foal to Pulpit.