Updated on 09/16/2011 7:54AM

For War Emblem camp, life goes on

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For the time being, it's up to Richard Mulhall (right) and trainer Bob Baffert to map War Emblem's schedule.

DEL MAR, Calif. - First it was knee chips, then an 11th-hour sale before the Kentucky Derby, then a controversy regarding bonus money, and then a stumble at the start of the Belmont Stakes when attempting to win the Triple Crown. With War Emblem, winner of the Derby and Preakness Stakes, nothing has ever been business as usual.

Last week, War Emblem's owner, Prince Ahmed bin Salman, died, leaving questions as to how his stable will proceed. War Emblem originally was scheduled to run in Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, then he was out, and now he's back in. After a tumultuous week, Richard Mulhall, who manages the late prince's The Thoroughbred Corporation, said the prince's family in Saudi Arabia has told him to operate the stable just as he has been doing.

"I've been told to run it like I normally would, and I'll continue to do that until I'm told differently," Mulhall said earlier this week, while watching morning workouts from a box seat at Del Mar. "I can say this: There's absolutely no horses for sale at this particular point."

The decision by the prince's family is one of the reasons War Emblem is going to Monmouth. It's simply, as Mulhall put it, the right place at the right time for the leader of the 3-year-old division.

"Originally it looked like it was coming up a fairly tough race," Mulhall said. "We thought we'd stay here for the Pacific Classic. We didn't want to carry 124 pounds and have to fight with Came Home. We could stay here, carry 117 pounds against older horses, who have to carry 124, and that division appears weak right now. But then the Haskell started to fall apart. Every time you turned around another horse had backed out. So we decided to go. And now there are some others who are deciding to go, too, but we've decided we don't care who runs, we're going."

It will be an emotional weekend for Mulhall, trainer Bob Baffert, and Baffert's fianc?e, Jill Moss. All had both a business and personal relationship with the prince. On Saturday night, Baffert and Moss are getting married in Coronado, Calif., with Mulhall in attendance. Early the next morning, they will board a corporate jet in San Diego and fly to New Jersey for that afternoon's Haskell, which will mark the first race for War Emblem - and the most important race for the stable - since the prince's death.

Mulhall has been the conduit between Baffert and the prince's survivors. Mulhall at first planned on going to Saudi Arabia last week, but by the time his visa would have been processed, the mourning period would have been over, so he decided to remain in the United States. But a high-level meeting to determine the course of The Thoroughbred Corporation will take place in the coming weeks, Mulhall said.

On Tuesday, Prince Faisal bin Salman, Prince Ahmed's younger brother, was named to assume the responsibilities of his late brother's estate.

"Attorneys for Prince Ahmed who are in Riyadh, and Neil Papiano, the prince's attorney here, along with myself, are going to meet and come up with a game plan," Mulhall said. "The meeting will probably be in a few weeks, and probably will be in London, since that's a good halfway point for everyone. Until that happens, no decision has been made on anything. Right now, everything belongs to Prince Ahmed's wife and his children. It's up to them what they want to do, but I'm sure Prince Faisal will advise them."

War Emblem has trained right along through this period. He is much better prepared for the Haskell than Point Given was one year ago, according to Baffert.

"Point Given had a huge abscess blow out his back foot," Baffert said. "This horse is ready. He's doing good. He's training great."

Both War Emblem and Point Given raced in all three Triple Crown races, and were making their first start since the Belmont in the Haskell. Point Given won, narrowly, then came back three weeks later and captured the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in what turned out to be his final career start.

As with Point Given, War Emblem is traveling to Monmouth just a few days in front of the race. He was scheduled to be flown Wednesday morning, with assistant Jim Barnes accompanying him.

Both Baffert and Mulhall said War Emblem could still return to Del Mar for the Pacific Classic, which is run Aug. 25, three weeks after the Haskell.

"He can run back in three weeks. We know he can run two weeks later," Baffert said, referring to the time between victories in the Derby and Preakness.

The mini-vacation has recharged War Emblem. He has been aggressive lately. He ran off during routine gallops on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and on Tuesday morning, Baffert said, War Emblem was "pissed off."

"I think he's mad at me taking him from this cool weather to the hot weather back there," Baffert said. "He was like, Leave me alone."