By Faisal Alatawi
Emblem Stables spent some time gearing up for what they hope will be a successful meet next season in Dubai. They had Khalid Mishref, their strategic partner and racing manager, at the OBS two year old under training sales for them and he purchased 9 two-year olds. As opposed to going after the most expensive horses in the sale, Khalid used his eye and experience to make reasonable if not modest purchases with the hope of competing next year at the Dubai Carnival meet. Khalid Mishref has a history of buying horses in both America and Europe, so expectations are indeed high.
The purchases were by stallions, Uncle Mo, Kantharos, Take Charge Indy, Flatter among others. The Take Charge Indy colt was the highest priced two year old they bought with the hammer falling at $190,000.00.
The Emblem horses are scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia to begin their trining. Aziz Mishref will train the Emblem Stable runners pointing towards Dubai. Emblem in addition to looking ahead to competing in Dubai, also has their sights on American and European racing. Khalid Mishref already is racing in America and his filly Neom just won at Parx in her debut last month. Khalid has also raced and won in Europe with trainer Kevin Ryan. He also founded Anaf Stud who purchased yearlings at the Keeneland sales last year.
Soon Emblem Stables will be considered a global operation. Trainer Aziz Mishref will also train a string for his father Khalid in Dubai. He hopes to prove Saudi horsemen can compete on the biggest stages in racing around the world.
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