Several Godolphin competitors worth mentioning from Thursday’s UAE-G3 2000 Guineas at Meydan, including the Bernardini colt Buffum—who finished 20 lengths back of To Honor and Serve in last November’s G2 Remsen—he didn’t fare much better, running fifth, but only about 3 lengths behind the winner Splash Point
(bred, incidentally, by red-hot WinStar who brought back their Fantasy Derby contest this year). Splash Point
is likeable, being out of the Danehill
who was G2-placed at 8.5 furlongs; his second dam is the great Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Very Subtle
. It will be interesting moving forward to see if he can stretch out, being by Street Cry
as owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum could aim him for the
Kentucky Derby. For now, his next target is the March 26 G2 UAE Derby.