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Feb 28 2013 UAE Oaks Meydan III 1 3/16 M 1 N/A
Feb 7 2013 UAE 1,000 Guineas Meydan 1 M 2 N/A


Saeed bin Suroor


Born on November 16, 1968 in Dubai. Suroor has made six appearances at the Kentucky Derby with his best finish being in 2000 with China Visit. Trains privately for prominent owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who races under the Godolphin Racing and Darley Stables banner, and is the United Arab Emirates Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. Suroor oversees training in Europe, North America, Australia, and Dubai for Godolphin Racing. Was named the British Flat Racing Champion trainer in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2004. Completed a rare training triple in 1995 winning the Epsom Derby, King George, and the Arc de Triomphe with Lammtarra. Ranked fourth in purses earned in 2009 with $8,064,396 lead by Regal Ransom, who ran eighth in the 135th Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. A former policeman, Suroor took out his trainer’s license in 1994 in the United Arab Emirates to start Desert Stables. It was in 1995 Suroor began training for Sheikh Mohammed’s Al Quoz Stable in Dubai, which was the headquarters of Godolphin operation. Suroor has won races in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Australia, Great Britain, and Canada.



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.


Elusive Quality--Miss Lucifer, by Noverre

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As the first registered foal of Miss Lucifer, Shuruq did her dam proud when nearly capturing her stakes bow in the UAE One Thousand Guineas, just missing by a nose.

The filly is by Elusive Quality, a dual Grade 3 winner and track record setter who has found much more success in the breeding shed.

Elusive Quality’s offspring includes the likes of champion Smarty Jones, who captured the 2004 runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; four-time Grade 1 king Quality Road; and Breeders’ Cup Classic upsetter Raven’s Pass.

Miss Lucifer, who is by Noverre, did her own dam proud as a Group 2 winner in England while on track.

Shuruq’s female family is full of high class runners overseas, such as Group 1 One Thousand Guineas queen Virginia Waters, Group 1 Derby star High-Rise, Group 1 heroine Chachamaidee and Italian champion High Hawk.

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