Arlington Million

Saeed bin Suroor

SAEED BIN SUROOR was born in Dubai.  He is a former policeman who took out his trainer’s license in the United Arab Emirates in 1994 to start Desert Stables. He saddled his first runner, Lock’s Heath, on Dec. 1, 1994, and had his first Thoroughbred victory in February 1995 at Nad Al Sheba with Lord Chickney.  In April 1995, he took over the operation of Sheikh Mohammed’s Al Quoz Stable in Dubai and Godolphin in England. 

Saeed bin Suroor has been the trainer of record for numerous stars worldwide, having won the Dubai World Cup on five occasions and the UAE Derby seven times to complement a long list of international tallies including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995, Lammtarra; 2001, Sahkee; 2002, Marienbard), the Arlington Million (2003, Sulamani), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2009, Vale of York), the Breeders' Cup Turf (1999, Daylami; 2001, Fantastic Light), the Cigar Mile (2007, Discreet Cat), the Epsom Derby (1995, Lammtarra), the Hong Kong Cup (2000, Fantastic Light; 2007 Ramonti), and the Man O' War Stakes (1998, Daylami; Fantastic Light 2000).