Dubai’s Ruler aiming to win Kentucky Derby

  April 2, 2009 at 5:55 am by

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has decided to participate in the kentucy derby after two of his three-year-old colts dominated the UAE races. Regal Ransom and Desert Party who finished about 15 lengths ahead of their closest rivals in the US$2 million race are both owned by the sheikh’s powerful Godolphin Racing stable.

The colts next race could be the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 2.

Sheikh Mohammed has long said his dream was winning the Kentucky Derby, with a horse trained primarily in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed said “Every year we’ll come, we’ll come back stronger. Watch out for us,” upon arriving in 2001 at Churchill Downs the day before the 2001 Derby.

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One Response to Dubai’s Ruler aiming to win Kentucky Derby

  1. Arabist says:

    I’m glad he’ll be there. Will H.H. Sheikh Hamadan be there as well? I wonder which section they sit in. I’ll be there too; it’s my first time going to the Derby.

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