11/07/2008 1:00AM

Midshipman to Dubai, thinking Derby

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Barbara D. Livingston
Midshipman, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will prepare in Dubai for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Midshipman, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was recently sent from California to Kentucky to begin a quarantine process that will lead to him being shipped to Dubai this winter, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Midshipman was acquired earlier this year by Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai when he purchased most of the assets of Stonerside Stable. The colt will join Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stable, which spends the winters in Dubai.

Midshipman will prepare in Dubai for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009, Baffert said. Sheikh Mohammed has yet to win the Derby, but has stated often that he would like to do so with a horse prepared in Dubai. Saeed bin Suroor trains the Godolphin stable in Dubai and Europe.

"I've talked to Sheikh Mohammed and he's told me that's how he wants to do it," Baffert said. "I understand where he's coming from.

"I can't blame him for doing it. He has such a passion for these horses. There's nothing like being able to go and look at your horses every day."

Shiekh Mohammed has been actively acquiring top American-based 2-year-olds this fall. Last weekend, trainer Bobby Frankel said that Vineyard Haven, the winner of the Hopeful Stakes and Champagne Stakes in New York earlier this year, had been acquired by Godolphin.

Although racing schedules for Midshipman and Vineyard Haven aren't final, it is possible they could start in the $2 million UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai in March.

Midshipman has won 3 of 4 starts and $1,138,200. He won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in his stakes debut on Sept. 3 and was second in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

Sheikh Mohammed acquired Midshipman in October, before the BC Juvenile. "I feel fortunate that I got to keep him through the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said.

Liquidity - remember him? - returns

Liquidity, a 4-year-old colt who has not raced since finishing 14th behind the victorious Street Sense in the 2007 Kentucky Derby 18 months ago, starts in a $39,000 allowance race at six furlongs in Saturday's fourth race at Hollywood Park.

Owned by Paul Reddam, Liquidity has 1 victory in 8 starts. He was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity in 2006 and the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in 2007. In the Kentucky Derby, Liquidity finished 22 1/2 lengths behind Street Sense in a field of 20.

A few weeks after that race, trainer Doug O'Neill said that Liquidity had suffered a tendon injury that would require a lengthy break.

"We're looking forward to Saturday and getting back at it," O'Neill said. "His big races were going two turns, and hopefully this is a step in that direction."

Liquidity is in a field of eight in Saturday's fourth race. Also in are Partywithlarryz and Lit'sgood-lookngray, who ran third and fourth, respectively, in the California Cup Sprint on Oct. 5, and Onetime-atbandcamp, who was second by a nose in a six-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

Keep Thinking talented but unreliable

Keep Thinking finished a promising second in his career debut at Belmont on Sept. 13 after a wide trip.

Since then, he has puzzled trainer Eoin Harty with his behavior, which is important to bettors analyzing Wednesday's seventh race at Hollywood Park. The field of 11 includes seven first-time starters and is run at 6 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-olds. Keep Thinking had the best debut of the four who have raced.

"He's kind of a fractious colt," Harty said. "If he's a short price, I wouldn't tell people to bet with confidence. He's his own worst enemy.

"I'm thinking there is ability there. I don't know if he has the mental capacity to be a proper horse."

At Belmont, Keep Thinking finished second to Royal Vindication, who won a minor stakes at Belmont and finished third in the Nashua at Aqueduct last weekend.

Saturday, Keep Thinking faces several first-time starters with strong pedigrees. Trainer Neil Drysdale starts Moneagle, an A.P. Indy colt, while Frankel starts Molten Lava, a half-sister to three stakes winners.

Trainer Richard Mandella unveils Position A, an Aldebaran colt. "He's had a few good works, but he's not sharp in all of them," Mandella said. "In some, he's kind of looking out in left field. He'll need one."

Of the other runners with experience, Gato Go Win and The Pamplemousse were second and fourth, respectively, in a maiden race at Santa Anita on Oct. 4.