31 October, 2006

Sheik Mo's Thoroughbred Kingdom in Kentucky :: New York Times

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Every hardboot here who makes a living breeding and selling horses knows that Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is the ruler of Dubai, a desert kingdom on the Persian Gulf, which he has transformed into a tourist and business capital.
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On Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup in Louisville, Ky., the Maktoums are expected to send out eight horses, all contenders, in four races. They are led by the 3-year-old sensation Bernardini, who has won six races in a row, including the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

They are as impressive a collection of horses as any owner has taken to the Breeders’ Cup in its 22-year history, and could help the Maktoums capture as many as five Eclipse Awards, the Oscars of horse racing. Sheik Mohammed is in the running for his first Eclipse as the country’s top horse owner.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm time to pass by that farm and get my revenge . . .

nzm said...

I once had a guy (and if he's who he says he is, he's a world champ wrestler and now plays football for the New England Patriots) comment on our blog who claimed he was on Sh. Mo's private jet in Lexington, KY.

It was a comment completely out of the blue - like this one!

dredge said...

no horse will ever surpass the late Dubai Millenium....

the ratsqueezer said...

horse racing is a total waste of time

black belt 1st dan,shotokan! said...

i agree with the ratsqueezer!

shaikh sultan said...

what exactly is the big deal with horse racing? can some1 pls explain? i just don't get it!

nzm said...

SS: I agree with you, but when the option comes to also bet on a horse to win or to place (in the first 3), then an element of excitement comes into horse racing, and you immediately get the interest of all the people watching the race who have bet, because they all want their horse to come first and win some money.

Of course, in a country where gambling on horses isn't allowed, then the interest in it considerably reduces.

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