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Hibaayeb Will Run in Sheepshead Bay

Hibaayeb, victorious in last term’s Group 2 Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon during Hollywood Park’s Oak Tree meet, will make her New York debut in the Grade 2, 1 3/8-mile Sheepshead Bay on May 28, Godolphin Racing assistant trainer Rick Mettee confirmed.

 

Eighth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Hibaayeb has made one start so far in 2011, finishing third in a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer on turf at Gulfstream Park on April 2.

 

“It was a good race,” said Mettee. “Eight-and-a-half furlongs we knew was going to be too short. She stalked the pace and got a little tired towards the end, which we knew she would coming off the layoff. She had a good winter down at Palm Meadows. The idea was to get a race in her, and the Sheepshead Bay was a logical place to run her back.”

 

Mettee believes Hibaayeb, whose victories in the Ribblesdale and the Yellow Ribbon respectively came at 1 ½ miles and 1 ¼ miles, will appreciate the Sheepshead Bay’s 1 3/8-mile distance.

 

“We thought 11 furlongs would be about right,” said Mettee. “Hopefully it’s firm ground next week. They say she’s much better on firm ground than soft.”

 

 

 

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Saeed Bin Suroor sent Hibaayeb to America to race because he knew she was flatly outclassed against the turf fillies and mares in Europe. After she won the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal-Ascot last June, Hibaayeb was well beaten consecutively in the G1 Irish Oaks, the G1 German Oaks, and the G1 Yorkshire Oaks. But she came to America and won the G1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Hollywood Park, and today won the G2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont. The only time Hibaayeb's been beaten in America was in last year's Breeders Cup F&M Turf. A race she was clearly outclassed in.

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