Khalid Abdullah

Dettori To Ride In Race Honouring Khalid Abdullah

Frankie Dettori will on Saturday ride in a race in Saudi Arabia named in honour of Prince Khalid Abdullah, the founder of the Juddmonte breeding and racing empire who died last Jan. 12. Dettori rode Khalid Abdullah's great homebred mare Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in all bar two of her 19 races for trainer John Gosden, for two wins in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, three wins in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S., victories in the Epsom, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks', G1 Coral-Eclipse and...

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Abdullah's Family “Very Committed” To Juddmonte

It will be business at usual at Juddmonte Farms after Juddmonte Group Chief Executive Douglas Erskine Crum told ITV on Saturday that there will be "no change" following the death of the global operation's founder Prince Khalid Abdullah last week. Abdullah had raced 118 Group or Grade I winners since entering the game just over 40 years ago, of which he bred 102 of those. He owned stud farms in the UK, Ireland and Kentucky. "The family has been for some time and still is very committed to keeping Juddmonte...

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Mandaloun Looks to Do Juddmonte Proud in Lecomte

The same week that Juddmonte Farms' owner and founder Khalid Abdullah passed away, the legendary outfit has a chance to take a step toward its long-sought first GI Kentucky Derby win when undefeated 'TDN Rising Star' Mandaloun (Into Mischief) goes postward as a likely favorite in the GIII Lecomte S. Saturday at Fair Grounds. The race kicks off the Louisiana oval's three-race Derby prep schedule, to be followed by the GII Risen Star S. and GII Louisiana Derby. Hammered down to 11-10 favoritism debuting Oct. 24 at Keeneland, the homebred...

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Jack Wolf Joins TDN Writers' Room

Fresh off a dominant Grade I win by his Starlight Racing's Charlatan (Speightstown) and a newly-minted 'TDN Rising Star' for his outfit, Jack Wolf joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Wolf talked about the highs and lows of 2020 with his barn star, Thoroughbred aftercare and more. Charlatan's 3-year-old campaign featured dazzling victories but also a disqualification for a positive drug test in the GI Arkansas Derby and a long layoff that forced him...

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Juddmonte Doyen Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Dead

His Highness Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, one of the most successful owner/breeders in the history of the sport through his Juddmonte Farms dynasty, died on Jan. 12 in his 84th year. Prince Khalid's famous green, pink and white silks have been immortalized in the annals of the sport, having been carried transatlantically by 118 Grade/Group 1 winners headed by champions like Frankel (GB), Dancing Brave (GB), Enable (GB) and Arrogate among many others. He campaigned over 500 stakes winners, of which he bred over 440. Douglas Erskine Crum, chief executive...

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Dettori: “Pressure Is Less Than Last Year”

Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will on Sunday attempt to accomplish what has never been done before in winning a third G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The man who has been in her saddle the past three years and steered her to all 11 of her Group 1 victories, however, said he is feeling less pressure than he did at her first attempt at the historic feat 12 months ago, when she was second to Waldgeist (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). "We have already achieved something historic by winning the King George...

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Another Kingman Rising Star As Monsoon Moon Delivers

Saturday's Close Brothers Motor Finance EBF Stallions Fillies' Novice S. looked there for the taking for Khalid Abdullah's Monsoon Moon (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and the half-sister to last year's G1 St Leger winner Logician (GB) (Frankel {GB}) was in uncompromising mood as she duly earned TDN Rising Star status over Newmarket's mile. Always travelling strongly under Ryan Moore tracking the early pace, the 2-5 favourite who was third on debut behind TDN Rising Star Love Is You (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) at Ascot a fortnight previously was still full of running...

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Quadrilateral Back In Atalanta

Last year's champion 2-year-old filly Quadrilateral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) will reappear in next weekend's G3 Atalanta S. at Sandown. Unbeaten through three starts at two including the G1 Fillies' Mile, Juddmonte's Roger Charlton-trained homebred has been third in both outings this year-the G1 1000 Guineas and the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot. Harry Charlton, assistant to his father, revealed that Quadrilateral endured a slight setback after Royal Ascot but is in good form now. "Quadrilateral is heading for the Atalanta S. at Sandown," Charlton said. "She had a sinus...

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Devin Debutante Takes the Eye at Deauville

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Thursday's Insights features a half-sister to G1SW Epicuris (GB) (Rail Link {GB}). 5.37 Deauville, Cond, €22,000, 2yo, f, 7 1/2fT CAPTIOUS (GB) (Frankel {GB}) debuts in the Khalid Abdullah silks for the Henri-Francois Devin stable and is a half-sister to the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Epicuris (GB) (Rail...

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Tilsit Confirmed Thoroughbred Winner After Enquiry

Khalid Abdullah's Tilsit (First Defence) followed up a June 4 debut second at Newcastle with a breakthrough score--by a whopping 19 lengths--back there June 27 and survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry to be confirmed the winner of Friday's G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred S. at Goodwood. The 10-1 chance was steadied to race in third behind a modest tempo set by My Oberon (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and remained there through halfway in this turf bow. Quickening to launch his challenge at the quarter-mile marker, he edged in front entering the final eighth,...

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Enable's Sister Wins At Second Asking

The John Gosden-trained 3-year-old filly Portrush (GB) (Frankel {GB}) won at second asking at Yarmouth on Wednesday. She is the sixth winner from six runners out of Concentric (GB) (Sadler's Wells). 1st-Great Yarmouth, £5,400, Mdn, 7-15, 3yo/up, 10f 23yT, 2:04.57, g/f. PORTRUSH (GB) (f, 3, Frankel {GB}--Concentric {GB} {SW & GSP-Fr, $117,776}, by Sadler's Wells), who ran second behind subsequent G1 Epsom Oaks seventh Gold Wand (Ire) (Golden Horn {GB}) in her June 11 debut over much this trip at Newbury last time, raced in a midfield sixth sporting a...

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Irish 2000 Guineas On Siskin Radar

Last year's G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. winner Siskin (First Defence) remains on course to kick off his 3-year-old season in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas on June 12. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said, "Providing Prince Khalid is happy, Siskin is heading to the Irish 2000 Guineas. [Trainer] Ger [Lyons] has been very positive and again everything has been straightforward and he is going really well. He has progressed well and though he will never be a big horse he has furnished nicely and Ger is very...

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