Dawn Approach wins 2000 Guineas for Godolphin
NEWMARKET, England (AP)
Dawn Approach extended his unbeaten record by winning the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, bringing some joy for Godolphin after its involvement in a recent doping scandal that has rocked British horse racing.
The 11-8 favorite pulled away from Toronado in the final furlong to win the first of English flat racing's five classics by about four lengths.
It's the third Godolphin-owned horse to win the 2,000 Guineas - a mile-long race for 3-year-olds open to colts and fillies - after Mark Of Esteem (1996) and Island Sands (1999).
It also could be the first step on the road to redemption for Sheik Mohammed's Dubai-based operation, after one of its trainers - Mahmood al-Zarooni - was banned for eight years last week for administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses.