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Interpreting Godolphin

The public voices of Godolphin Stable, racing manager Simon Crisford and trainer Saeed bin Suroor, are often quite conservative and to the lay observer, empty. Most journalists who fail to follow the daily dialogue coming from these two soft-spoken men ...

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Kentucky Derby post position draw

Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby hopes had their post positions drawn by trainer Saeed bin Suroor during the traditional two-tiered selection process this afternoon at Churchill Downs. Regal Ransom – post 10 – morning line odds 30-1 Desert Party – post 19 ...

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Dubai horses in the Kentucky Derby

From 1999 to 2002, five horses based and/or trained in Dubai during their initial 3-year-old campaign have broke from the gate in the “Run for the Roses.”  Here are their results: 1999 – Worldly Manner, seventh 2000 – China Visit, ...

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Presvis roused to QEII Cup win

The Luca Cumani trained Presvis, second in the 2009 Dubai Duty Free (G1), rolled home past the field to draw away to win the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup by a length at Sha Tin on Sunday.  Long time ...

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Paco Boy bounces back with Bet365 Mile (G2) win

After being well-regarded in the Dubai Duty Free (G1), Paco Boy (pictured below in Dubai) was back to his winning ways landing the Bet365 Mile (G2) at Sandown on Saturday.  This win, as the 15-8 favorite, was the eighth from ...

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Asset ups Carnival form with win at Leicester

Godolphin’s Asset was victorious in his first start since the Dubai International Racing Carnival, landing the listed Totesport.com Leicestershire Stakes over seven furlongs on Saturday at Leicester.  The win was not without some tense moments as Asset hung badly away ...

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Archipenko hoping to rebound in QEII Cup

The big day of Hong Kong’s spring racing schedule comes Sunday with the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Hong Kong Champions Mile, both Group 1 races over the Sha Tin lawns.  Mike De Kock trainee Archipenko (pictured ...

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Godolphin’s Derby mounts determined

An early arrival in Louisville, Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor confirmed that Alan Garcia will retain the mount of Regal Ransom for the Kentucky Derby, while Ramon Dominguez will be partnered with Desert Party.  Per Thursday’s Derby “notes,” bin Suroor ...

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Godolphin’s shippers arrive in America

David Grening of the Daily Racing Form reports on Godolphin’s runners in New York, some of whom have shipped in from Dubai and just recently cleared quarantine.  Their expected campaigns are mentioned as well.  Click HERE to read the story. ...

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Regal Ransom and Desert Party to Kentucky Derby

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford confirmed that the top two from the UAE Derby (G2), Regal Ransom and Desert Party (pictured below), will be entered for the 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1).  Jockey announcements are expected later in the week, although ...

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Dubai pair glow over Churchill in Derby works

A Churchill Downs report from this morning indicated that Desert Party and Regal Ransom have both acclimated well, working over the Kentucky Derby surface with acumen.  Regal Ransom worked first and finished fourth fastest of 28 workers over five furlongs ...

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