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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.
Lovely Pass likely won’t cross the pond for the Kentucky Oaks, but if she did it’s possible for her to score the upset just like her sire, Raven’s Pass, did when taking the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2008 in his first U.S. start and first try on a main track.
Raven’s Pass was no stranger to success overseas, just missing by a head in the Group 1 Sussex before taking the Group 2 Celebration Mile and then the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II in his three races prior to the Breeders’ Cup. The chestnut placed in three other Group 1 contests during his career.
Lovely Pass is part of the first crop to race for Raven’s Pass, and joins Group 2 victor Steeler as the stallion’s top progeny.
Macadamia, Lovely Pass’ dam, was honored as the English highweight older mare in 2003, and is a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Pistachio, Grade 3-placed listed heroine Captivator and Group 2 runner-up Azarole.
This is the same family as dual Turkish champion El Kasgar as well as the top class Lorenzaccio.
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