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Celebrating 30 Years as Arabian Horse Racing’s Foremost Publication

First U.S. Arabian racehorse to reach the million dollar mark in earnings


Darley Horse of the Year three years in a row


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uptown sandy girl BURNING SAND X WIBWILCCA

3 WINS, 3 SECONDS FROM 8 STARTS AS A 3 YEAR OLD. WINNER TEXAS LONE STAR JUVENILE STAKES, 2ND DELAWARE PARK ARABIAN JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES (GR. 3), 4TH ARABIAN STALLION STAKES (GR. 3) AGAINST OLDER MARES. BRED AND OWNED BY KRISTA AND JON HENNINGSGARD. “We were elated for UPTOWN SANDY GIRL to be awarded as the Darley Champion 3 year old Filly! She was up against incredible competition- very fine fillies also with exceptional records. She had wonderful performances last year, and is already showing us great work as a four year old with her win of the Ten Years Sheikh Zayed Stakes! All of her dam Wibwillca’s foals are very special, and Uptown Sandy Girl is no exception. We are so proud of her.”

INQUIRIES ALWAYS INVITED Krista and Jon Henningsgard 32543 Joseph Rd, Waller TX 77484 krista.uptownranch@yahoo.com jon.uptownranch@yahoo.com 503-367-6890






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Paddys Day Three Peat Finish Line - April, 1995 RFR The Iceman - Part 2 Behind the Scenes with Pamela Burton Stakes Racing in the U.S. Stakes Racing in the UAE

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Editor’s Notes Arabian Racing Will Miss Notes from the Ovals Leading Earners List of Runners

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Just Talkin’ by Michael Economopoulos Making Claims by Joe Nevills Equi Tech by Dr. Deb Powell The Backside by Steve Heath


Paddys Day, who was just named Darley Horse of the Year for the third consecutive time, gallops across the Meydan track in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Debbie Burt, Equine Creative Media. Design by Corliss Hazard.



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Editor's Notes By Stephanie Ruff I, along with many others of the Arabian racing community, just returned from a whirlwind trip to California to attend the Darley award ceremony at the Dolby Theatre and the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award S. (Gr.1) at Santa Anita. Walking the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre is always a special experience. Seriously, how many people who aren't part of Hollywood's elite ever get to do that? As Ed Warren, of the Dolby Theatre said, they just hosted the Oscar awards, the week before they held the premier of Steven Spielberg's movie "Ready Player One" (which I went to see on opening weekend, but in Brooksville, Fla., not Hollywood, Calif.) and then us. It's crazy, but it's a good kind of crazy.

well conditioned and ready to race. It was an impressive group of horses, fitting for a grade 1 race at Santa Anita. They represented the breed, and horse racing in general, extremely well. Congratulations to Lara Sawaya and the Sheikh Mansoor Festival for putting together another memorable weekend. It is no small undertaking.

load, which is something you don't plan for, but they made the best out of a challenging situation in order to bring the races to those who couldn't attend. I definitely appreciated the opportunity to watch the Santa Anita Derby in person. Once again the Arabians fit right in on one of horse racing's biggest stages. Bravo to everyone on a job well done.

Kudos also to Evie Tubbs Sweeney and Jonathan Horowitz who went 1 hour and 45 minutes straight on the AJC live coverage. They struggled with data over-



As for the awards themselves, they are reported on in this issue. Similar to the last couple of years, Joe and Betty Gillis, Quarter Moon Ranch and Rosebrook Farms were the big winners. While some other people can garner a nomination, it is difficult to break into their dominance of the industry. Saturday ended up being a beautiful day at Santa Anita Park in Anaheim, Calif. For the first time, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award S. (Gr.1) was held on the same day as the major Kentucky Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby, along with a number of other high profile thoroughbred stakes races. The Arabian race was the last race on the card, so there was plenty of time to visit with others and, as I ended up doing, check out some of the other races. The horses in the Santa Anita Derby were stunning, and I don't know if the winner, Justify, is a superstar, but he is certainly handsomeand a massive piece of horseflesh. As a horse racing fan, it was great fun to be able to see these fine horses up close. While much of the crowd had left by the time the Arabians came to the paddock, there was still a good crowd to watch our horses. I will say, as they were brought into the paddock, the Arabians looked wonderful. They were well turned out,


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Arabian Racing Will Miss... The Arabian racing industry has lost some of its finest - both human and equine. Leading California owner Warren Shelley (and husband to Helen Shelley), Texas-racing supporter Ken Blewett (and husband to Nancy Blewett) both passed away recently. In the horse category, Cre Run Farm lost two of its iconic stallions, DA Adios+/ and Sam Tiki+ within days of each other. We offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of all involved. Arabian racing will not be the same without any of them.

Warren Shelley - 1933 to 2018

Ken Blewett - 1939 to 2018

DA Adios+/ - 1998 to 2018

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Congratulations to all the 2017 ARAC winners. 3-Year-Old Filly Anna Bella AA (Burning Sand x Angel Proof, by NF Proof+/) Owner – Joe and Betty Jo Gillis Trainer – Terri Eaton 3-Year-Old Colt Codys Surprise (Burning Sand x Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph) Owners – Pleasanton Race Club Trainer – Terri Eaton 4-Year-Old Filly WMA Special Rose (Sand Tiki Special x Blyth Milady Rose, by Monarch AH) Owner – Katherine Barbeau Trainer – Helen Shelley 4-Year-Old Colt Hijo de Sammy (Sammy V x Serene Dreams, by Dreams Of Valor+) Owner – Daniel Woods Trainer – Renee LeFleur Older Mare Dream Pearl+ (Burning Sand x Triumphs Pearl, by Seyvilla Triumph) Owner – Pleasanton Race Club Trainer – Terri Eaton Older Horse Sand Victor (Burning Sand x Vague de Gemme, by Bacu Du Cassou Owner – Joe and Betty Jo Gillis Trainer – Terri Eaton Jockey Hugo Herrera Breeder Joe and Betty Gillis Owner Joe and Betty Gillis Trainer Terri Eaton Cal-Bred Horse Honorable mention 1. True Grit (Burning Sand x Dunoire, by *Ala Croixnoire). Warren Shelley owner. 2. Tru Kaolina (Kaolino x Truly Flaming, by Flaming Tiki). Elisabeth Borg owner.

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There are rumors going around that the 2018 meet will not take place. That is untrue. Delaware Park is still the place to race in 2018. It is accurate that visa caps and immigration crackdown could very well impact the meet, but those with legal employees are welcome. According to Alan Kirshner, who stays in regular contact with track management, Delaware Park's schedule will proceed as planned. "Purses will continue to be the best in the U.S. for Arabians. Come one, come all. You are welcome," he said. As further incentive to run there, in races with at least six starters, $500 will be paid for each finish below fifth place.


Quick Q & A about the Accredited Texas-Bred Program (ATB) 1) What qualifies a horse to be an Accredited Texas Bred (ATB) runner? An Accredited Texas Breed Runner must be born in Texas from an ATB mare. If the foal is from a non-accredited mare and an ATB stallion at time of conception, the foal can be accredited provided that the dam is accredited prior to the foal being accredited. 2) Does the Texas Racing Act accept the purebred Arabian horse as a racing breed guaranteed the right to race at any Texas licensed racetrack? Yes, the Texas Racing Act accepts purebred Arabian horses as a racing breed and guarantees them the right to race at any state licensed Texas racetrack. The other recognized racing breeds are Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Paints and Appaloosas. 3) What qualifies my Arabian horse to be a purebred Arabian horse? Any Arabian horse that is registered with either the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), or Canadian Arabian Horse Registry qualifies under the Texas Racing Act as a purebred Arabian horse. 4) How much does it cost to nominate my purebred Arabian horse into the Texas Accredited Bred (ATB) program as a runner? A one time nomination fee puts your Texas purebred Arabian horse in the program for life. Nominate early for the best deal. WEANLING $35.00, YEARLING $50.00, TWO-YEAR-OLD $100.00, NON-STARTERS THREE-YEAR-OLD $200, NON STARTERS FOUR-YEAR-OLD AND UP $200.00, STARTERS FOUR-YEAR-OLD AND UP $500. 5) How much does it cost to nominate my purebred Arabian broodmare? Only $50 nominates your purebred Arabian broodmare for her lifetime and makes all her foals eligible for nomination to the program. Important: A mare must be nominated as an Accredited Texas Bred Arabian mare BEFORE she conceives in order for you as Breeder to be eligible for Breeder Incentive Awards based on the mare's ATB runners' earnings in Texas. Awards are paid on 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishes in a race. Mares not accredited prior to conception must be accredited prior to foaling for the foal to be eligible to nominate as an Accredited Texas-Bred Arabian runner. 6) How much does it cost to nominate my purebred Arabian breeding stallion as an Accredited Texas-Bred Stallion? An Accredited Texas Arabian Stallion is any stallion registered with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) or the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry and paid to TABA the one-time accreditation fee of $50.00. Accredited Texas-Bred stallions must be domiciled and residing in Texas from February 1 through August 15 with the limited exception of leaving the State of Texas for medical, racing, or showing purposes. Stallion Lifetime Accreditation Fee is $50.00. To receive the stallion nominator’s percentage of a his offsping-runners’ earnings each year, an annual Administration Fee of $100.00 must be paid by February 1 of each runner’s foaling year. If late, the penalty is a Late Administration Fee $150.00 due by August 15.

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What more can we write about Paddys Day that hasn't already been written? He has set the bar by which all other racing Arabians will be judged. Combining purse money and bonus money, he is the first Arabian racehorse to reach $1 million in earnings. He is the first U.S. owned and trained Arabian to successfully compete at the Group 1 level in the UAE and then come back to the U.S. to continue a campaign. And he is now the first horse to win three Darley Horse of the Year awards - not to mention he has done it in consecutive years. At the elaborate ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. on April 6, Paddys Day won both Horse of the Year and Darley Champion Older Horse (which he has won for the second straight year). His championship year was a well executed plan where he raced in the biggest races starting in March at Sam Houston and ending in September at Churchill Downs. He made 11 starts with 6 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third with over $176,000 in earnings. Trained and owned (with wife Lori) by Scott Powell of the Quarter Moon Ranch, Paddys Day won the Sheikh Mansoor's Triple Jewel, consisting of the grade 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan races at Sam Houston, Pleasanton and Monmouth Park, for the third consecutive year. In addition, he was victorious in the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley S. (Gr.1) at Santa Anita. He finished second by 1/2 length to Easter Man in the Delaware Amongst family and friends, Scott and Lori Powell accept the Horse of the Year trophy from Lara Sawaya.

Park Arabian Classic H. (Gr.1) where he gave the victor 5 pounds, and third in the President of the UAE Cup S. (Gr.1) at Churchill Downs behind Quick And Rich and Easter Man. Bred in Texas by Jane Teutsch, Paddys Day is a 2011 bay stallion by the legendary sire Burning Sand out of AK Loretta, by two-time leading broodmare sire Virgule Al Maury. Along with his highly successful racing career, he is also a breeding stallion with his first foals 2-year-olds of 2018. Perhaps most impressive of all, the final chapter has yet to be written on this incredible horse. After racing a full season in Dubai in the early part of 2018, he is mounting a campaign to win an unprecedented forth Horse of the Year title. We may well be writing about him again next year. The entire Quarter Moon Ranch group and extended family were present at the Dolby Theatre on April 6 to make their mark on Arabian racing history. The stage was full of celebration when his name was called as Horse of the Year by Lara Sawaya. But they did not stop there. Quarter Moon Ranch was also successful with Ivory Shores, who won both the U.S. Darley and Sheikha Fatima International Darley for Older Mare. The chestnut daughter of Burning Sand won five of 10 starts, including the only

grade 1 stakes for the distaffers - the Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff H. (Gr.1). Bred by Joe and Betty Gillis, Ivory Shores is out of French Shores, by Virgule Al Maury, making her a similar cross as Paddys Day. Another Paddys Day connection won a Darley as well. Jockey Keibar Coa had a great 2017 and was victorious aboard both Paddys Day and Ivory Shores (as well as additional champions RB Nash and RB Hot Date). He accepted his trophy along with his wife who only a month before gave birth to their first child. Younger Male Dominance Dianne Waldron knows how to get young horses ready to race as 3-year-olds. In 2016, RB Nash (Nashwan Al Khalidiah x R B Sand Storm, by Burning Sand) won the Darley as a 3-year-old, and he returned even better as a 4-year-old to win his second championship. He won four races (3 stakes) in 2017, including the Delaware Park Arabian Derby (Gr.2) and Arabian Stallion S. (Gr.3). Continuing her dominance of the juvenile ranks, Waldron's 3-year-old colt RB Hot Date (Burning Sand x Rich Frynd, by TH Richie) won the 2017 Darley award. He was clearly the best 3-year-old winning four of eight starts and being the only nominee to garner a stakes win; the Texas Lone Star Juvenile S. Both of the champions were bred by Waldron and raced under the Rosebrook Farm silks.

A Mild Surprise Jon and Krista Henningsgard admitted to being surprised when their homebred Uptown Sandy Girl was announced as champion 3-year-old filly. The grey daughter of Burning Sand out of Hall of Fame inductee Wibwilcca, by Wilkolak improved as the year went on and closed out her season with a win in the Texas Lone Star Juvenile Fillies. Dominant Performances For the third straight year Joe and Betty Gillis of Allegro Arabians were named both Champion Breeder and Champion Owner. Betty Gillis also received recognition as the Outstanding Breeder on the international scale by bringing home the Sheikha Fatima Ladies Darley Award. In addition, their filly Sweet Honey AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph) got the nod in a competitive 4-year-old filly

division. She won or placed in all four of her starts and won the Delaware Park Arabian Oaks (Gr.2). While Joe and Betty made the trip to California, a family emergency required them to leave Friday morning so they were unable to attend the Darley award ceremony or the races at Santa Anita. Jerenesto Torrez, who trains for both Allegro Arabians and Rosebrook Farm, dominated the training standings in 2017. His charges accounted for nine of the 19 Darley award finalists (47%), including winners RB Hot Date, RB Nash and Sweet Honey AA. His horses accumulated 33 wins (10 stakes) which is almost twice as many as his fellow nominees. Newcomer Awards Because it can take so long to get established, the Arabian Cup Stewards wanted to recognize newcomers to the Arabian racing scene. They gave special awards to the New Owner, Lynn Bennett of Calistoga, Calif. (owner of Darley Older Mare nominee Last Call MHF) and New Breeder, Lettie and Hendrik Smeding of Pope Valley, Calif. Top: Jerenesto Torrez, pictured with Arabian Racing Cup Chief Steward Michelle Morgan, won his first Darley for Outstanding Trainer. As their trainer, he also accepted on behalf of Joe and Betty Gillis who were unable to attend the ceremony. Bottom: Dianne Waldron (second from left) and her family accept RB Hot Date's Darley award for Leading 3-Year-Old Colt from Arabian Cup Steward Sam Vasquez (third from left).

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HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards The U.S. received even more recognition during the international portion of the event, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubark Darley Awards. Amanda Roxborough got the nod as Best Racing Presenter. Also, for the second consecutive year, a U.S. lady was named Best Racing Journalist. For 2017 it was Evie Tubbs Sweeney, who followed Stephanie Ruff (Corum) from Arabian Finish Line in 2016. The other awards went to: Aisha Bint Yousuf Al Balushi from Oman - Best Owner Beverly Deutrom from Great Britian - Best Trainer Natalia Hendzel from Poland - Best Professional Jockey Alice Bertiaux from Belgium - Best Amateur Jockey Alexandra Bihari from Hungary - Best Apprentice Jockey Val Bunting from France - Lifetime Achievement Hedwig Irmingard Bourenane Allmuth from Algeria - Best Photographer Pilar Saravia from Uruguay - Best Endurance Rider Bint Grine from Morocco - Best 3-Year-Old Filly Muneera from France - Best 4-Year-Old Filly

Chief Steward Michelle Morgan (far left) watches on while Derek Thompson interviews New Breeders, Lettie and Hendrik Smeding (center) and New Owner, Lynn Bennett (far right).

On Sunday evening during the Gala Dinner, the Arabian Racing Cup held its annual stallion breeding auction fundraiser. A total of $52,350 was raised to go into supporting the breeders' incentive program. The highest selling breeding brought $13,000, purchased by Jon and Krista Henningsgard for the international leading sire Munjiz, donated by Wathba Stud. The complete list of stallions and winning bids is as follows: • Dariya - $3,500 by Rashad Rjman • Mahabb - $7,100 by Garrett Ford • Mebrouk - $1,750 by Carol DiMaggio • Munjiz - $13,000 by Jon and Krista Henningsgard • Nashwan Al Khaladiah #1 - $5,000 by Michelle Yu • Nashwan Al Khaladiah #2 - $5,000 by Dianne Waldron • No Risk Al Maury - $2,500 by Sue Meyer • Rathowan - $2,000 by Michelle Morgan • Sir Bani Yas - $1,500 by Sam Vasquez • TH Richie - $3,000 by Gregory Davis • The Four Seasons/Emirates Air package - $10,000 by Keith Brackpool

Jon and Krista Henningsgard (left and center) accept the 3-Year-Old Filly trophy for Uptown Sandy Girl from San Vasquez. They were also the high bidders at the stallion breeding auction fundraiser paying $13,000 for a breeding to Munjiz. 16 • Arabian Finish Line • April/May 2018

Behind the Scenes... with Pamela Burton 1. What is your job title? CEO and Publisher of www.horsereporter.com. 2. What do you do at your job? Photograph great horses, travel to national and international events, cover horse races, FEI endurance rides and shows, and connect with the people who love, train, breed, ride and care for horses. 3.How did you get started? After a few years as a radio reporter, I wrote freelance for equestrian magazines in many disciplines around the world. Upon relocation to the U.S. after living in Abu Dhabi for three years, I continued the international news with the online magazine, www.horsereporter.com which can be viewed on computers and mobile devices in every country in the world. 4. What's the best thing about your job? I enjoy being my own boss which fosters creativity, and I like having flexible hours. 5. What's the worst thing about your job? Deadlines.

6. Tell us about any horses you own/ride. I have ridden my own Arabians and those of others in pleasure classes, dressage, on international trail rides, cattle drives, and in endurance. I do love the relationship and connection you can develop with your equine partner over many miles. 7. Give us a tip about something horse related - anything you'd like to share! I have found as I have been trained by many Arabian horses, that they respond well to kindness and consideration. An appreciative neck pat and “good boy (girl)” can be felt in their big sighs and uplift in carriage and is often the most effective learning tool for you and the horse.

Top right photo (left to right): Scott Powell, Pamela and Lori Powell at Monmouth Park in 2017. Bottom photo: Pamela and her lovely Damar Babba Louie (Hey Babarriba x Gay Gayzelle, by Hy An Gay+). Both photos are courtesy of Pamela Burton. 24 • Arabian Finish Line • April/May 2018

Stakes Racing in the U.S.

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Moreau-Sipiere.

Sheikh Mansoor Festival Comes to Sam Houston March 3, 2018 Sam Houston Race Park hosted two prestigious Arabian stakes on Saturday, March 3: the Hundred Years $54,500 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr.1) and $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup, both at a distance of seven furlongs. Exciting Dead-Heat by Easter Man and Quick Sand AA in the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr.1) A talented group of ten colts and geldings went postward in the Hundred Years HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup. In one of the most exciting finishes of the respected championship, a photo finish was required to determine the winner. Officials declared a dead-heat between the heavy favorite Easter Man (out of Angel Proof, by NF Proof+/) and Quick Sand AA (out of Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph). Both are sons of Burning Sand that are bred and owned by Betty and Joseph Gillis. It was a momentous evening for the couple and their trainer, Jerenesto Torrez, who saddled both winners as well as RB Nash, who ran third. The winners crossed the wire in 1:32.19. “I wondered if maybe it was a dead-heat," said Torrez. “Easter Man ran second last year (to Paddys Day) and it was a great finish for Quick Sand AA.” Rudy Guerra guided Easter Man ($2.80) who picked up his tenth career win and Quincy Hamilton ($5.40) rode Quick Sand AA. Keiber Coa piloted RB Nash for owners Rosebrook Farm and longshot RB Hocus Pocus rallied for fourth followed by Zells Bells, Mystical MHF, Sammy V, Lil Dude AA, Big Cork and Uptown Flying Flynn. Easter Man, Darley Champion 3- and 4-Year Old Colt, now has a lifetime race record of 4/22(10-9-2)7-8, $231,715. Quick Sand AA's record stands at 3/19(7-3-7)2-8, $106,191. A rematch is expected on April 7 in the $100,000 Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award S. (Gr.1) at Santa Anita. 25 • Arabian Finish Line • April/May 2018

Stakes Racing in the U.S.

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Moreau-Sipiere.

Uptown Sandy Girl Game Winner of the $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup A field of 10 Arabian fillies competed in the $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR Cup. The race featured an international group of female jockeys as has been the tradition of the annual event. It was Swedish rider, Tina Henrikkson, who guided Uptown Sandy Girl to a resounding six-length victory. The 4-year-old daughter of Burning Sand out of Wibwilcca, by Wilkolak is bred by Krista Hennningsgard and owned by her husband, Jon. The couple, who live in Waller, Texas, had a large group of friends and family cheering on their talented filly. Trained by Lynn Ashby, the gray filly was sent off as the favorite and did not disappoint. “She was a dream to ride,” said Henrikkson “They told me that she likes to be forwardly placed, and she did it easily.” With this victory, Henrikkson qualifies to ride in the Ladies Championship Final to be held in Abu Dhabi in November. This was the fourth win (two stakes) from nine starts for Uptown Sandy Girl ($5.20), as the betting favorite, who covered seven furlongs in 1.32.70. Her cumulative earnings are now $57,920. RB Kinkie Boots, owned by Rosebrook Farm and trained by Jerenesto Torrez, closed for second with Pams Masquerade, owned by Ed Wilson and trained by Simon Hobson, running third. Burning Vaz, Sabres Edge, Last Call MHF, WMA Success Symbol, Mahra T, Sand Token and RB Gaim Changer completed the field. Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Man-

soor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “Houston is a very important racing venue for the Festival and has been a long time partner in hosting our races. The two races have attracted some of the best Arabians currently racing in the U.S. and we expect thrilling contests.” “Last year the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Flat Racing Festival and the Wathba Stallion Cup Series had announced that all our races will be Lasix free. Since then that rule has been implemented. The Arabian Jockey Club is in complete support, and we hope our efforts lead toward Lasix free racing for all Arabian races,” Ms. Sawaya added. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves SuitesAbu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

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Stakes Racing in the U.S.

Photo by Stephanie J. Ruff.

Jockey Sasha Risenhoover aboard Quick Sand AA is interviewed by Derek "Tommo" Thompson following their victory.

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley S. (Gr.1) April 7, 2018 On a day that brought approximately 39,000 people to the racetrack, 12 of the best Arabians in the country lined up for the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley S. (Gr.1) at Santa Anita on Santa Anita Derby Day. Based on their dead heat victory in the Sheikh Zayed S. (Gr.1) the two Gillis horses, Easter Man and Quick Sand AA, were the top two betting choices. At the start, Captain Bush went to the lead followed by Easter Man. Going into the first turn, horses were trying to get position and Mystical MHF got the worst of it, having to check and dropping into last place. Coming into the stretch, Easter Man inherited the lead when Captain Bush tired while RB Nash made his bid along the inside. It looked like it would be a battle of those two when Quick Sand AA started to close on the outside. Mystical MHF had already made up a tremendous amount of ground and continued to try and close. But, in a nearly carbon copy of their previous race, Quick Sand AA with Sasha Risenhoover aboard continued to wear down the top two runners. He responded to his rider's urging and managed to get a neck over Easter Man at the wire with RB Nash another neck back in third. Mystical MHF rallied well to finish fourth followed by Sand Victor, Uptown Sandy Girl, RB Hocus Pocus, Dream Pearl, Zells Bells, Mahra T, Captain Bush, and Lil Dude AA. Final time for the 1 1/16 mile was 1:57.33. Total on-track handle was $636,359. Quick Sand AA is a 5-year-old son of Burning Sand out of Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph. Triumphs Silkie was a stakes winner and also produced champion Sweet Honey AA. He is twofor-two this year, and both are grade 1 races. Overall he has eight wins and has earned over $161,000. Pictured left: Prior to the Arabian race, Lara Sawaya (back row, second from left), Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, presented the Permanent Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) with a check for $50,000. This amount was part of the total of $217,730 raised during a telethon put on by TVG. The PDJF is an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. 27 • Arabian Finish Line • April/May 2018

Stakes Racing in the UAE Dubai Kahayla Classic sponsored by Mubadala Text and photos by Debbie Burt. As soon as the New Year arrives, all of the Emirates racing’s focus is on the Carnival, with Dubai World Cup night as its pinnacle. For the Arabians it is no exception, and this year had an added international interest in the form of multiple US graded winner, Paddys Day. After two below par performances on the Abu Dhabi turf, including his target race, the Jewel Crown, Scott Powell chose to send Paddys Day to US ex-pat and Champion UAE trainer, Doug Watson. A return to a right-handed dirt oval made all the difference, with Paddy a decisive winner of Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge (Gr.1PA) on the Carnival’s opening night at Meydan, though a fast finishing Barnamaj hinted at what might come over more ground.

even faster. Perez’s actions also earned the attention of the stewards who handed him a double fine totalling AED 10,000 for over use of the whip and not allowing the horse sufficient time to respond.

The places were reversed in Round 2 over an extra three furlongs, and in a somewhat surprising move, Paddys Day took in the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, just 14 days later. Whilst this win made him the winning-most US Arabian racehorse, surpassing DA Adios and breaking the $1 million USD money barrier in purses and bonuses, he ran flat in Round 3, finishing third behind Ziyadd and Barnamaj. Onwards to the main event, the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1PA), where he faced the imposing Saudi contender, Tallaab Al Khalediah, who was putting his unbeaten record on the line. Also back for the rematch were Ziyadd and Barnamaj, plus the Omani horse Chaddad, who had been consistently placed all season and Al Zahir, who had impressed on Abu Dhabi’s turf. Watson was concerned by the draw in stall 13, saying beforehand that he would need to “break well and get a good position early”. As expected with blinkers back on, the front-runner AF Sajanjle showed good early speed, but was tracked by Tallaab Al Khalediah on his outside. Paddys Day broke well, but was always racing wide and with half a mile to go, the distress signals were clear. It would not be his day. Tallaab Al Khalediah however, was moving smoothly into the lead rounding the home turn. He brushed aside the challenge of Barnamaj entering the straight, leaving that one to stay on for third, ahead of the mare Mawahib. The biggest danger was Chaddad, who was caught flat footed on the turn, but made up significant ground in the straight and got within a length and a half of the winner. Completing the race in a time of 2:13.68, which was one of five track records set that evening, the giant grey gave an historic first win in the race to Saudi Arabia. But for veering across both sides of the track as the horse ran around under Roberto Perez’s whip, the time could have been

Paddys Day

Tallaab Al Khalediah

Speaking after the race the Panamanian Perez said: “I feel so excited. It is the second biggest win for this horse, and I have ridden him both times. When I put him into the front, I knew I had to save a little bit as he had been winning over 1800m and had 200m more to go today, but he stayed it well.”

Present to witness this historic victory was Prince Fahad Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, son of the owner, who commented: “It is not just a win for our stable, but it is a win for all of the owners in Saudi Arabia. It is a great win, and the credit goes to a great horse, a great trainer and a great jockey. It was a tough competition, and this horse can go against any other Arabian horse. It was all about hard work, training and it paid off.” Tallaab Al Khalediah is owned and bred by HRH Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and his Al Khalediah Stables. A son of Jalood Al Khalidiah and therefore a grandson of the "desert-bred" Tiwaiq, his breeding would not satisfy race conditions in some countries. However, his dam line is impeccable, being out of Siehame, a daughter of Dormane. Siehame is out of CS Samborsta, whose dam Brusally Orsta is by Orzel, the "Arabian Secretariat". With just five winning runs to his name, he represents a country hungry for international competition, and it is likely we will see more of him on the world stage this summer.

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On the World Stage... again As We Like It!



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With profound sadness Cre Run announces the passing of two of our most beloved horses. Through the joyous memories they leave behind as well as treasured progeny, they will always live on in our hearts and through their historic impact on the Arabian breed. The same weekend, Cre Run welcomed into the world the fourth newborn of our 2018 foal crop. These feisty and strong foals present a new path in our four decades of select breeding, loaded with personality and promise for the future. The best is yet to come.

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