May 7, 2006, - 12:53 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
We follow the Kentucky Derby and the world of thoroughbred horse racing with a great deal of interest. And that’s because that world is heavily influenced by–and used as a propaganda forum for–Islamist Arab States, particularly those in the gulf. (Here’s what we wrote about their illicit engagement of the Derby, exactly 4 years ago, today.)
For example, Dubai’s ruling Maktoum family has staked the country’s future travel PR on it’s fortunes in the thoroughbred world. And that’s why we always celebrate when its multi-million dollar stable of horses repeatedly fails to place or show in the Derby, as it failed to do yet again, yesterday. And besides, we doubt they sing–or even know the words to–“My Old Kentucky Home.” It’s especially sweet, too, that an American-owned horse, won.
Emirates like Dubai–and its larger UAE confederation–are, as we’ve written on multiple occasions since right after 9/11, anti-American, anti-Semitic, enforce the boycott of Israel, and repeatedly refused to cooperate in the post-9/11 investigations of their connections to the 9/11 and other terrorist attacks.
In horse-racing apartheid, Israelis who own horses (yes, there is a small Israeli thoroughbred horse industry) cannot race horses in the many races held in Dubai. They are not allowed into the country (and neither are their horses).
And that’s why we’re happy that, yesterday, Dubai lost yet again at the Derby. Jazil, the Maktoum family’s entry, came in just fourth (and it was a dead heat with another horse). (Its Shadwell Stable is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, uncle of the Dubai’s current ruler.) The Maktoums may be used to holding the crown in Dubai’s monarchy, but they won’t wear the Triple Crown anytime soon.
So sad. Too bad.
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