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Mahmood Al Zarooni
Mahmood was appointed as trainer to the powerful Godolphin Team in March of 2010 and quickly stamped himself as a top conditioner when he won the Godolphin Mile on the Dubai World Cup program with Calming Influence, his first runner. In a short period he has added classic wins by Blue Bunting in the 1000 Guineas and Darley Irish Oaks, as well as high profile victories in the Prince of Wales and Dubai Sheema Classic with Rewindling. 2012 kicked off in the highest fashion for Al Zarooni by capturing the Dubai World Cup with Monterosso for Godolphin. Prior to becoming one of the head trainers for Godolphin he served as assistant to their head conditioner, Saeed bin Suroor.
Godolphin is a global racing operation founded by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister and ruler of Dubai. In 1996 he founded the Dubai World Cup which currently ranks as the world's richest race. Godolphin has won the Dubai World Cup five times including a win by Horse of the Year Invasor who captured the Breeders Cup Classic as well. They were named Eclipse champion owner in 2009 and consistently are among the top stables throughout Europe. Other top runners include Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, Daylami, Dubai Millenium, Street Cry, Fantastic Light, Tempera, Regal Ransom and Discreet Cat. Sheikh Mohammed also races under the Darley Stable banner.
Fortify is a true blueblood with ample scope for 1 1/4 miles.
Sire Distorted Humor was a classy runner whose optimal trip was seven furlongs to a mile, but he has far surpassed those limitations as a stallion. He became an immediate hit by siring 2003 Derby-winning champion Funny Cide in his first crop. The list of his star progeny has yet to cease -- 2005 Travers hero Flower Alley (the sire of I'll Have Another); Drosselmeyer, winner of the 2010 Belmont and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic; and $2 million-earners Hystericalady and Commentator.
Fortify is out of Kotuku, who failed to live up to her pedigree when going winless in five starts. She is a three-quarter sister to Little Belle, victress of the 2008 Ashland and runner-up in both the Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks.
Kotuku is a daughter of Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, hero of the 1992 Belmont and Breeders' Cup Classic, and a supersire. His influence on the breed will endure through such sons as Pulpit, Bernardini, Mineshaft. Aside from establishing his own sire line, A.P. Indy ranks as a potent broodmare sire, with his daughters producing two-time champion Royal Delta and 2010 Derby star Super Saver.
Distorted Humor has crossed well with A.P. Indy mares, resulting in the likes of Any Given Saturday and Fortify's stablemate Artigiano (a promising three-year-old who is not Triple Crown-nominated).
Kotuku is herself out of the globetrotting Flagbird, a highweight older mare in England, Ireland and Italy. Flagbird scored her signature wins at 1 1/4 miles, including a defeat of males in the Premio Presidente della Repubblica.
Others prominent in the family are Alabama winner Runup the Colors -- another close relative of Kotuku and the dam of promising sophomore Revolutionary -- and Broodmare of the Year Prospectors Delite, the dam of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft.
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