Darley/Godolphin Stable

Darley and Godolphin Stables are breeding and racing operations of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. 
 
  • Tied for sixth in 2012-2013 for most wins by an owner with seven
  • He is the Vice President of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai, ascending to those posts with the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum in January 2006.
  • He has been perhaps the most influential racing personality in the world with his drive to win all the greatest races and creation of the Dubai Racing Carnival and the World Cup.
  • Godolphin is the Sheikh’s top-tier stable, with the best runners from his family’s worldwide holdings. • The Godolphin racing manager is Simon Crisford and the Sheik’s bloodstock manager and advisor is John Ferguson.
  • Most of Sheikh Mohammed’s U.S. runners race for Darley Stable, which is managed by Jimmy Bell.
  • Godolphin scored Grade 1 victories in the U.S. in 2012 with It’s Tricky (Ogden Phipps), Emcee (Forego), Alpha (Travers) and Questing (Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama). Sheikh Mohammed has won most major races in Europe and has enjoyed success in Breeders’ Cup races with Vale of York (2009 Juvenile), Fantastic Light (2001 Turf), Tempera (2001 Juvenile Fillies), and Daylami (1999 Turf). 
  • Bernardini scored his first U.S. Triple Crown success in the 2006 Preakness under the Darley colors. 
  • Godolphin was voted the 2009 Eclipse Award as North America’s leading owner. 
  • The Sheikh’s presence at the major auctions has fueled huge increases in prices of bloodstock, spending $71 million over two days at the September 2007 Keeneland Sales and was the under-bidder on The Green Monkey, the $16 million record setter in 2006. 
  • In addition to major purchases of racing stock, the Sheik has acquired some of the leading horses of recent years as stallion prospects including Street Sense, Hard Spun and Raven’s Pass.