Updated on 09/17/2011 10:14AM

Godolphin: No Derby or Oaks


Inamorato will not run in the Kentucky Derby, and Danuta will not run in the Kentucky Oaks, Godolphin Racing announced Friday.

Both horses, however, were part of a consignment of 22 Godolphin horses scheduled to leave Dubai for Belmont Park on Saturday morning, the plan being to aim them at American races later in the season.

"We just felt that neither Inamorato nor Danuta were quite ready for the rigors of Churchill Downs," said Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin. "Running them in the Derby and the Oaks might jeopardize their chances later in the year. They're both really, really fine horses with lots of potential."

Inamorato finished third in the UAE Derby last Saturday after being trapped on the rail much of the way, while Danuta was a handy winner of the UAE Oaks on Thursday. Among the 22 horses traveling with them to New York are Imperial Gesture and Essence of Dubai, and a number of Saeed bin Suroor-trained 2-year-olds, who will be under the care of Tom Albertrani at Belmont. Among them are half-brothers to Sakhee and City on a Hill, the winner of the Group 3 July Stakes as a juvenile in 1999.

This is a departure for Godolphin, as all of their American-based 2-year-olds had previously been trained at Santa Anita and Arlington by Eoin Harty. Harty will still have 50 Godolphin juveniles this year.

Godolphin held its private turf trials at Nad Al Sheba on Friday evening, with Lateen Sails, Alajwad, and Hi Dubai winning the three one-mile heats.

Lateen Sails was the most impressive of the three, defeating Group 3 Prix de Conde winner Graikos by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:38.17. By Elmaamul, Lateen Sails won his only previous start, defeating Powerscourt, the subsequent Racing Post Trophy runner-up, by 1 1/4 lengths in a Newmarket maiden on Oct. 2. He had Group 3 Killavullan Stakes winner New South Wales back in fifth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths. Lateen Sails now rates as one of Godolphin's main 2000 Guineas hopes.

Alajwad, a 1 1/2-length winner over Amandus in 1:38.90, was improving in his first start on turf after having finished third and fourth in a pair of maidens on the Nad Al Sheba dirt course. In the lone filly race, Hi Dubai, a full sister to Fantastic Light, prevailed by a nose from Gonfilia, who had been three lengths second to Mezzo Soprano in the UAE 1000 Guineas on dirt. Hi Dubai posted the fastest time of the evening, 1:37.79. Mezzo Soprano did not run but is still on course for the 1000 Guineas, according to Crisford.