Arlington Million

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al Maktoum

A cousin of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, has two or three mares and only a few horses in training, but he won the English Derby with his homebred High-Rise in 1998. High-Rise's dam, High Tern, was given to Obaid by Sheikh Mohammed, who has yet to win the Derby ... High Tern, who comes from the same family as one of Sheikh Mohammed's first stars, High Hawk (later dam of 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf winner In the Wings), won two long distance races. High Tern produced two foals for him before he passed her on to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, for whom her first foal (in 1989) was Jawaher, the dam of Zomaradah, winner of the 1998 Oaks d'Italia and third-place finisher in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. High Tern's fifth foal for her new owner was High-Rise, who raced for him until his transfer to Godolphin at the end of 1998 ... Obaid still has Zomaradah, plus a couple runners in training with Luca Cumani. But he no longer has Jawaher. She was sold for 16,000 guineas (then about $26,000) at the end of 1995 and exported to Saudi Arabia ... Back home in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid manages the racing interests of Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum, the youngest of the four Maktoum brothers. Those interests include the racecourse and training center at Jebel Ali.