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Friday, March 07, 2008



Here's a MOBIL colt out of SLEEK AND POWERFUL strutting his stuff at Windfields Farm. The colt is owned by KDC Design.


Canadian-bred wins debut at Santa Anita

SNOW DELICIOUS could have been a hunch bet for any Canadian yesterday at Santa Anita. Tons of snow continues to pummel Ontario and the Maria’s Mon filly was bred in Ontario by Sean Fitzhenry.

The filly ran down the favourite in the $75,000 maiden race to win for Suarez Racing et al and trainer Doug O’Neill. The time of 1:10.32 for six furlongs translated into a 71 Beyer Figure.

Fitzhenry reports that the filly’s dam, Falling Snow, by Deputy Minister, has a 2-year-old in training with Greg de Gannes named Cinema Snow (by Gulch).

Fitzhenry says he plans to sell the yearling by Broken Vow at this year’s Woodbine auction and the mare is in foal to Pleasantly Perfect.

SURPRISEINTHEBOX won for the 2nd time in her career yesterday at GULFSTREAM. The 4yo by Outofthebox-Tie Talk is an Ontario-bred half-sister to JUDITH’S WILD RUSH (multiple champion) and she won for $19,000 claiming yesterday and was claimed by Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Queen’s Plate contenders SLIGOVITZ and NIAGARA THUNDER fizzled in a maiden allowance yesterday at Gulstream. While he was 3rd, Sligovitz was beaten 18 lengths by the top 2 finishers. Niagara Thunder finished 7th.

$9 million colt JALIL ready for CURLIN

He won his third race in only a few weeks yesterday and it was a big one. JALIL, a $9.7 million Storm Cat colt is suddenly very good (I noted how this guy paddles quite dramatically and you can see it on a video I posted a while back - just do a search of Jalil up top on this page). Now he's going to take on CURLIN in the Dubai World Cup.

Here's a recap of yesterday's DUBAI RACES...

"Jalil bursts onto Dubai World Cup scene 7 Mar 2008"

From the Dubai Racing Club

Jalil burst on to the Dubai World Cup scene with an authoritative win in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, the highlight of the Super Thursday card, generously sponsored by Shadwell Estate.

The Godolphin four-year-old’s win was the climax of a wonderful treble for Saeed bin Suroor, who has dominated the 2008 Dubai International Carnival, taking his tally to 24 winners for the 10 meetings.

Jalil himself was making it three from three on the Nad Al Sheba dirt, showing himself to be a different horse to the one who failed to really shine on the turf in Britain last year.

Hopes have always been unreasonably high for the son of Storm Cat, ever since he cost US$9.7m as a yearling. But having now won this US$300,000 Group 2 race, over the course and distance of the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, he is showing just what a classy act he has developed into.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: “He’s learning to be a really good

horse, and clearly loves the sand, and the further he goes, the better he is.

“We gave him a chance as he needed time last year, and it’s paid huge dividends now. He’ll go straight to the Dubai World Cup, and we’ll see Curlin there. He needs to improve again, but he hasn’t stopped yet.”

Winning rider Frankie Dettori said: “He’s taken to the dirt really well, and keeps improving and maturing. He’s got to raise the bar again, but he’s done nothing wrong so far, and fits into the Dubai World Cup field without any problems.”

Asiatic Boy’s Dubai World Cup hopes took a big dent as he could only manage third in the US$200,000 Group 3 Burj Nahaar, a race dominated by the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Elusive Warning and Blackat Blackitten.

Last year’s UAE Triple Crown winner was hard at work halfway up the straight and in the end was three and a quarter lengths off the winner Elusive Warning, who was completing a double for Kerrin McEvoy.

Of Asiatic Boy, De Kock said: “In hindsight, we’ve left him short, which has caught us out a little. But we haven’t lost heart and we’re expecting massive improvement in the Dubai World Cup.”

His jockey Johnny Murtagh added: “I am disappointed, but better to do that tonight, than on March 29.”

Simon Crisford, racing manager to the winning owners Godolphin, described the result as a “surprise”, while McEvoy added: “I was expecting Asiatic Boy to come at us, but in the end it was Frankie’s horse (Blackat Blackitten) we had to see off, but he dug deep.”

British mare Gower Song sprung a surprise in the US$200,000 Group 3 Dubai City of Gold, bursting through late under Richard Hills to deny the fast finishing Mourilyan, who came from last, and Oracle West, who stayed on for third.

Winning trainer David Elsworth said: “The mile and half (2400m) really suited her, and with a clear run, she would have won comfortably. She’s thrived since she’s been here, and of course we’d like to run her in the Dubai Sheema Classic.”

The winner is set to face the second, third, and fifth home, Quijano, in the US$5mliion turf showpiece, sponsored by Nakheel, on March 29.

Mike De Kock saddled the 1-2 in the Al Bastakiya – the second leg of the UAE Triple Crown - as Royal Vintage saw off the late challenge of Honour Devil.

The winner, under Kevin Shea, was reversing placings with his stablemate in the 1800m contest, and, with the scores now between the pair standing at 1-1, the decider will come in the UAE Derby, sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, on Dubai World Cup night.

“We thought Royal Vintage might win this time, but Honour Devil showed great battling qualities,” said De Kock.

“But I wouldn’t be surprised if the placings were reversed again in the UAE Derby.”

Winning rider Kevin Shea added: “It’s equal now between the two, and we could be in for an almighty battle come Dubai World Cup night.”

Godolphin look to have a live contender for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News, in the shape of Diabolical, who trounced the opposition in the Mahab Al Shimaal.

The American import was drawn in stall one, but settled nicely under McEvoy, and coasted home four and a half lengths in front of Star Crowned, with New Freedom, purchased for AED2.3million at the DIRC Sale on Tuesday, back in third.

Trainer Bin Suroor said: “It’s great we have something to run in the sprint on Dubai World Cup night – he needed the race last time, and he works like a really good horse in the morning.”

While McEvoy added: “He has improved from his first run, when he stumbled at the start, and there were no Asiatic Boys in this race and that put him spot on for this race.”

Lord Admiral, a late withdrawal from the DIRC Sale on Tuesday, landed the Group 2 $250,000 Jebel Hatta to add to the Al Rashidiya, he won earlier in the season.

Carrying the colours of the Vincent O’Brien, the seven-year-old swooped late under Mick Kinane to deny Jay Peg by a length.

Vincent’s son, Charles said: “That was a career best. We had planned to go back on Tuesday, but we’ll have to re-evaluate now, and look at the Dubai Duty Free.”

Hong Kong raider Viva Macau was fourth, while New Zealand’s champion mare Seachange was sixth.

Brazilian raider Ukranian showed much improved form to win the conditions race – the Shadwell Estate – under Richard Mullen, in the other thoroughbred race.

Madjani looks back on course for a record breaking fourth win in the Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night after landing the opening Maktoum Challenge Round 3 for Purebred Arabians.

Winning trainer Gillian Duffield was delighted especially after her stable star suffered a surprising reverse last time at Abu Dhabi.

“It’s great to have him back on song,” she said of the eight-year-old. “He was flattening out a bit at the end, but the important thing is just keeping him fresh and interested now until the big day.”


The 7-year-old Siphon gelding COAXED, once a $142,000 yearling purchase who was trained by Todd Pletcher, was recently bought from the New Holland sale of horses by the Midatlantic Horse Rescue.

The gelding won 8 of 39 races and last raced at Penn National for $3,500 claiming for owner ROBERT COLE. Another horse raced by Cole was also rescued from the auction.

Apparently Coaxed was entered in another race recently and scratched and the listed owner was LORAH WAX-CAREY.

The New Holland sale is often where horses go to be bought for slaughter.

Read more about Coaxed and other horses:


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