09/03/2002 11:00PM

Godolphin buys 3-year-old nemesis

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Ever on the lookout for emerging talent, Godolphin has purchased Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Highdown from his British owner, Mrs. William Fleming, for an undisclosed price.

The sale of Highdown, a 3-year-old Irish-bred son of Selkirk, came the day after the announcement of the retirement of Godolphin's best American-based horse, Street Cry.

Highdown had beaten two of Godolphin's leading European runners earlier this season with victories over subsequent Group 2 Dante Stakes winner Moon Ballad in the listed Newmarket Stakes in May, and in the listed Steventon Stakes in July over Tobougg, who will run in the Man o' War at Belmont Park on Saturday.