Godolphin stables trainer gets 8-year doping ban
FILE - This May 18, 2012 file photo shows trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni at Newmarket, England. A leading trainer from the powerful Godolphin stable was charged Wednesday April 24, 2013 in connection with one of the biggest doping scandals to hit British horse racing. Mahmood Al Zarooni was charged with violating multiple rules related to banned substances in horses after samples from 11 of his horses at stables in Newmarket were found to contain traces of anabolic steroids. (AP Photo/PA, Anna Gowthorpe, File)
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Boasting grandstands that seat 60,000 spectators, the $2 billion Meydan Racecourse has become symbolic of the grand ambitions of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The ruler of Dubai defied critics and cynics by opening the track in 2009 during the height of the global financial crisis. Each year it hosts the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. The track also has been integral to Sheik Mohammed's ceaseless efforts to promote Dubai and, to a lesser degree, his Godolphin stables.
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