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What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Mafaaz...

Mafaaz, winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes this year in England, is battling back from medical problems that have kept him from racing. The three-year-old is part of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's stable.Read More
Prior to running in the Blue Grass, Mafaaz won the Kentucky Derby Challenge at Kempton Park on March 18 in England to earn a berth in the starting gate for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. "I don't know yet what Sheikh Hamdan wants to ...Read More
GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa), who posted a 14-1 upset in Saturday's Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland, headed back to his Churchill Downs base, where he will prepare for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1). Owned and trained by Thomas McCarthy, the gray is the ...Read More
"I felt he needed another run in between Kempton and Kentucky and if he runs a big race in the Blue Grass, he'll go on to the Derby at Churchill Downs. He would have to run a big race to prove himself, as I would not want him to take a barrier at ... Read More
WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, was installed as the moderate 3-1 morning-line favorite when 11 horses were entered for the April 11 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.Read More
...at Belmont Park on Sept. 13. Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, said the road to the Blue Grass has been a long one. He was asked when did it become apparent that the return to the races from a saucer fracture ...Read More
Julien Leparoux will ride on Saturday. MASSONE (Menfiee) will be ridden on Saturday by Garrett Gomez, who won the 2006 Blue Grass on Sinister Minister. Gomez rode Massone the day he broke his maiden last fall at Hollywood Park.Read More
Patena kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a rallying second to Friesan Fire (AP Indy) in the Lecomte S. (G3) at Fair Grounds. After that effort, Patena was acquired by IEAH and turned over to Dutrow. Kempton Kentucky Derby Challenge S. hero ...Read More
 The Blue Grass will mark just the second start of 2009 for Terrain, who ran second in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) in his lone Keeneland racing appearance. Terrain followed that with a fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) before closing ...Read More
Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Mafaaz is scheduled to clear quarantine at Churchill Downs, and then ship to Keeneland, where he will be housed in Barn 1. Shoemark said no decision on a rider for Mafaaz in the April 11 Toyota Blue Grass ...Read More
With only three starts on his record there are legions of people arguing that Churchill should do something to ensure horses like Dunkirk can have access to the Kentucky Derby starting gate. TheseRead More
The John Gosden-trained MAFAAZ (Medicean), who earned a berth in the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) by winning the inaugural Kempton Challenge on March 18, is scheduled to complete his journey from England to Churchill Downs on Saturday. ...Read More
3/23/2009 Horse Racing Lacks Meaningful Safety Rules New York Times, United States Otherwise, how could Paul J. Campo, the vice president and director of racing for the New York Racing Association, explain the recent spate of fatal breakdowns at Aqueduct — 12 euthanizations since Nov. 14 — as e...Read More
3/23/2009 Ky. Derby Trail: Simple Twists of  Fate BloodHorse, KY... the way he moves and his overall appearance that suggests he just may be a very good horse, period, and the Remsen was a throw-out, attributable to 2-year-old growing pains or perhaps a dislike for Aqueduct, which can get ...Read More
3/23/2009 Derby Watch: Spotlight on synthetics Kentucky.com, KY However, a couple of new contenders did manage to join the trail and bring with them a renewed discussion about how to evaluate the so-called "synthetic horses" likely to be in the Churchill Downs starting gate come May 2. Earlier ...Read More
3/21/2009 Kentucky Derby Takes a First Step Across an Ocean New York Times, United States Two years in the planning, the race is part of Churchill Downs’s effort to draw international contenders to the United States’ flagship thoroughbred race. Reserving a Derby spot for the winner of a single ...Read More
Just got back from a sort of surrealistic night at Kempton racecourse, where Mafaaz won a perfectly scripted inaugural Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes.Read More

Mafaaz - Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video04/11/09Mafaaz8thKee91 1/8 mSBlue Grass-G1 3 MGeneral QuartersHold Me BackMassone1:49.26
View DetailsView Video03/18/09Mafaaz1stKem51 1/8 mSConditions Stakes 3 MMafaazSpring of FameSohcahtoa1:55.13
View DetailsView Video10/04/08Mafaaz5thNew27 fTTattersalls Timeform Million 2 MDonativumCrowded HouseNasri1:24.22