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Kiaran McLaughlin


Kiaran began his career as an assistant trainer for top trainers including D. Wayne Lukas. After a stint training in the United Arab Emirates where he was the leading conditioner in Dubai three different times, McLaughlin returned to the United States with his own string of horses. In 2006, he trained Belmont Stakes winner Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Invasor, who would go on to win the 2007 Dubai World Cup. Other top horses include Henny Hughes, Lear's Princess, It's Tricky, Soldat and Flashy Bull. Kiaran has started four horses in the Kentucky Derby with his top finisher, Closing Argument, being a close second in 2005.

Godolphin Racing, LLC, Terrance Murray, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke, et al.


This  group started their horse owning partnership with 2011 Kentucky Derby competitor Soldat.   Harvey Clarke first met Bloodstock agent Steve Shahinian in the 70s when Clarke was bringing his children for riding lessions at a show horse barn Shahinian managed. Shahinian later became a bloodstock agent and purchased Soldat for Clarke at Keeneland in 2009.   Craig Robertson, an attorney from Lexington, Kentucky, then bought into Soldat at the suggestion of Shahinian.As Soldat began to pick up steam, Paul Murray and Paul Braverman joined in.   Paul Braverman has been owning horses for over 30 years and was ready for some good fortune.  Soldat won the 2011 Fountain of Youth Stakes and went on to finish 11th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.  The group has been outspoken about how much they enjoyed the experience of owning a Derby contender and has teamed up once again.


Pioneerof the Nile-Holy Bubbette, by Holy Bull

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Cairo Prince descends from a male line rich in recent Kentucky Derby history.  While his great-grandsire Unbridled won the Run for the Roses in 1990, his grandsire Empire Maker (2003) and sire Pioneerof the Nile (2009) were each runner-up in the Kentucky Derby.

Pioneerof the Nile was the West Coast's top contender going into the 2009 Derby, having swept the CashCall Futurity, Robert B. Lewis, San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby. Turning for home in the slop at Churchill Downs, he looked ready to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fourth Kentucky Derby trophy, only to be stunned by the 50-1 shot Mine That Bird.

Cairo Prince is from the first crop of Pioneerof the Nile, who has also sired River Dancer, the second-place finisher in last summer's With Anticipation on the turf at Saratoga; smashing debut winner Ari the Adventurer; and the promising Vinceremos.

Cairo Prince's dam, multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Holy Bubbette, was a sprinter. An eight-length winner of the 2003 Dixie Miss at Louisiana Downs, the six-furlong specialist later added the 2004 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine to her resume. Holy Bubbette was a distant second in the 2003 Chaposa Springs at Calder in her only attempt at seven furlongs.

Holy Bubbette's other notable offspring also appeared to have distance limitations. Nonna Mia (by Empire Maker and thus a three-quarter sister to Cairo Prince) was third in the 2009 Frizette and Tempted, and Holdin Bullets was third in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.

Holy Bubbette is herself a half-sister to Sum Runner, winner of the 1993 Forward Gal, and to Ms. Louisett, the third-placer in the 2001 Oak Leaf.

Despite the speedy profile of his dam, Cairo Prince also has a Kentucky Derby connection on her side.

Holy Bubbette is by Hall of Famer Holy Bull, who rebounded from a 12th as the favorite in the 1994 Kentucky Derby to go unbeaten the rest of the year. Able to sustain his high speed over a route of ground, Holy Bull captured the Florida Derby, Blue Grass, Met Mile, Dwyer, Haskell Invitational, Travers (at 1 1/4 miles) and the Woodward.

Holy Bull has sired 2005 Kentucky Derby upsetter Giacomo and champion Macho Uno (himself the sire of reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man). Daughters of Holy Bull are responsible for high-class sprinters Munnings and Judy the Beauty.

Cairo Prince descends from the same family as Cotton Carnival, Canada's champion three-year-old filly of 1997. His maternal line traces to Now What, the champion two-year-old filly of 1939, and still further back, one finds the great gelding Sarazen, a legend from the 1920s.

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