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$7.99 February/March 2018 Volume 30, Number 2

2 0 1 8 Celebrating 30 Years as Arabian Horse Racing’s Foremost Publication

Inside! Darley Nominees Released

UPTOWN FLYING FLYNN First Graded Stake Winner of the Year 2018 in USA


WIBWILCCA

UPTOWN ARABIANS pays homage to the late Dan Spears, a great horseman, friend, and a true champion for the Arabian horse. WIBWILCCA’s newest prospects... her 3 year old colt UPTOWN WTF, and her 2017 filly.

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Honoring our history, the greats, and our future.

wibwilcca ARABIAN RACING HALL OF FAME MARE

WITH IMMENSE GRATITUDE FOR CLAUDIA SPEARS, WE CELEBRATE OUR FOUNDATION MARE WIBWILCCA’S INDUCTION TO THE ARABIAN RACING HALL OF FAME . “WILLY’S” INCREDIBLE RACE CAREER CULMINATING IN 12 WINS, 12 SECONDS, 5 THIRDS INCLUDING 6 STAKES WINS AND 6 STAKES PLACINGS MAY ONLY BE OUTCLASSED BY HER STUNNING SUCCESS IN THE BREEDING SHED. 6 OF HER FOALS ARE WINNERS INCLUDING DC WILLEY SONG - 8 WINS INCLUDING 4 STAKES WINS, $124,255 LTE, DARLEY CHAMPION UPTOWN DANNYS BOY - 6 WINS, G2 PLACED, TRACK RECORD SETTER, DARLEY NOMINEE UPTOWN SANDY GIRL - DARLEY NOMINEE 3 YEAR OLD FILLY OUR FORTUNATE INTRODUCTION TO ARABIAN HORSES CAME THROUGH DAN AND CLAUDIA SPEARS. AS OUR FRIENDSHIP GREW SO DID OUR INTEREST AND APPRECIATION FOR THE ARABIAN BREED AND RACING. IT IS THROUGH THEM WE ACQUIRED MANY AMAZING HORSES INCLUDING WIBWILCCA. OUR FARM AND RACING PROGRAM HAS BEEN A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, FULL OF WINS AND AWARDS, AND THE COMPANY OF GREAT PEOPLE AND GREAT HORSES. 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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Celebrating this year’s Darley Nominees from Uptown Arabians! uptown sandy girl

uptown flying flynn

3 WINS, 3 SECONDS FROM 8 STARTS AS A 3 YEAR

WON AT DELAWARE PARK BY AN IMPRESSIVE MARGIN OF 9 3/4 LENGTHS, AND PLACED THIRD IN THE TEXAS LONE STAR JUVENILE STAKES. THIS YEAR HE'S ALREADY PROVING HIS BEST WITH A FIRST IN THE TEXAS SIX SHOOTER STAKES - GRADE 3!

BURNING SAND X WIBWILCCA

OLD. SHE POSTED A WIN IN THE TEXAS LONE STAR JUVENILE STAKES, PLACED 2ND IN THE DELAWARE PARK ARABIAN JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES (GR. 3), AND 4TH IN THE ARABIAN STALLION STAKES (GR. 3) AGAINST OLDER MARES.

NOMINATED IN THE CATEGORY OF 3 YEAR OLD FILLY

BURNING SAND X DEBUTANNTE

NOMINATED IN THE CATEGORY OF 3 YEAR OLD COLT

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

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2018

Af Al Buraq

AMER – AL HANOUF, by SABAAN

Leading sire in the UAE Full brother to sire of Group winners AF ALBAHAR Sire of Stakes winners and performers AF MAQAYES, AF AL HAZER, AF TAWAQ, AF AL SAJANJLE, AF ALMAA and winners AF AL JAHED, AF ASHRAS, AF HAKEEM, AF LA’ASAE, AF MAHSHOUM, AF SSAYEB, AF THOBOR, AF AL ASEF, AF AL SALLY...

Standing at Haras de Saint Faust (France)

Madjani TIDJANI – SALAMA, by SIBAWAIH

Leading sire in the UK Winner of 3 Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1 PA) A leading sire in the USA and UAE Sire of Stakes winners and performers HANDASSA, RB FRYNCH BROAD, AL ZAHIR, BON BAISER DE FAUST, MADJIKMAN, RB MADJYK MAN, ALAZEEZ, NIRAAN, MADGICALL, RB MOOSE, MERLOT MHF and winners AL FAARIS, AMALE ATLAS, DEESSE DES VIALETTES, ECLIPSE, HAU KOLA, MADJANI L’ATLAS, MAHANY DE PIBOUL, MADJANTHAT...

Standing at Haras de Saint Faust (France)

No Risk Al Maury KESBEROY – NECTARINE AL MAURY, by BAROUD III

A leading sire in the UK, France and USA Winner of 6 Group 1 and 3 Group 2 races Sire of Stakes winners and performers AICHA DE MONLAU, RB HOT RISK, RISK DE RIOLAT, DARIUS DU PAON, BARNAMAJ, DAISY DES VIALETTES and RISKY RED and winners DALSIMATA COLE, NAISHAAN, GASCOGNE, BROWN DE SAULARIE, RB BURNING RISK, AL SHAMOOS, ALMAREEKH, ANFAAS, DRIFA DU BREUIL, EXTRA CLASS, RISKALINA, TIJAARA, VANILLA...

Standing at Haras de Saint Faust (France)

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Al Jakbar AL SAKBE x ESSAADA, by HOSNI

Won Qatar Total French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Mile (Gr.1 PA). 87.5% individual winners/runners strike rate Sire of Group winners JAMAAYIL (French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge Sprint, Gr.2 PA) and AGHSAAN (ARO Cup, Gr.3 PA; 2nd in Hatta Int’l Stakes, Gr.1 PA and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, Gr.1 PA) and winners AL MURJAAN, FIRDOS, AL KABEER, ELYASSAAT and ZAAHY

Standing at Shadwell Stud (UK)

Al Saoudi

NUITS ST GEORGES x FATZICA, by FATZOUR

Multiple Group 1 winner. A leading sire in the UK Out of the same dam line as Group 1 winners AL MOURTAJEZ, AL MOUTAWAKILA and AL MOUHANNAD Sire of Stakes performers VETLANA DE FAUST, NAJLAA, AWZAAN, AL CHAHIRA, VULKAIN D’ALBRET and winners DJOULDIA DE FAUST, VOYOU DE FAUST, EMIRAATY, ALWALEED, EQLEEM, ADI DE SAINT LON, ARIS DE CARRERE, BARNAAMAJ, KAREEM KB, MADANY, MARIF, VENT DE FAUST, WINNER DE FAUST

Standing at Shadwell Stud (UK)

Handassa

New at stud in 2018

MADJANI x ZIVA, by DORMANE

Son of the exceptional sire MADJANI. Winner of two Group 1 PA and three Group 2 PA races. Total prize money of more than £320,000 Out of ZIVA, Group 1 winning mare, of the same dam line as DJELMANE, MAJD AL ARAB, RADDAD, TAYF, MY PRINCESSE, CHERAZADE, MUSHRAE…

Standing at West Kington Stud (UK)

Standing in the USA:

New at stud in 2018

Both sires of Stakes winners and performers

Chndaka

Dormane x Malika Fontenay, by Medicq Allah

Standing at Società Agricola di Besnate, Italy

Kaolino

Dormane x Cary de Carrere, by Passem

Taajer

Madjani x Ziva, by Dormane

Full brother to HANDASSA and out of ZIVA, a Group1winning mare from an outstanding family

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Editor’s Notes Guest Editorial Notes from the Ovals Leading Earners List of Runners

COLUMNS 7 10 24 32

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

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Editor's Notes By Stephanie Ruff Since our last issue was published, Arabian Finish Line premiered Arabian Racing Radio (ARR...like the sound a pirate makes), an internet podcast on the Horse Radio Network dedicated to Arabian racing and Arabian horses. Already I've had the question "What's a podcast?" Basically it is a pre-recorded radio show that is then available to listen to on the internet or downloaded onto your smartphone. Faithful columnist Joe Nevills agreed to cohost with me. On our biweekly show (that is released on the 15th and 30th of each month), we talk about all sorts of Arabian racing info. To date we have interviewed Sue Meyer, president of the Arabian Jockey Club; Janet Bellows, who is in the process of retraining an ex-racehorse in the sport of dressage; and Scott Powell, Darley winning trainer of Paddys Day, who we talked to hours after Paddys Day ran a close second in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2. We have many exciting ideas for future guests. It's already a good show, and it's going to get even better. But why take on a podcast? By teaming up with the Horse Radio Network, we are working with an established leader in the podcast community. They do all the technical work so all Joe and I have to do is chat. They have an established audience of horse people who listen to podcasts on a regular basis. We were already interviewed on their sig-

Guest Editorial

Yes, the Eagles won the 2018 Super Bowl. Congratulations again to Philadelphia! But when the game began, I was experiencing a very low level of excitement for want of a special connection to either Boston or Philadelphia. My two favorite teams were Denver and Seattle, but both the Broncos and Seahawks had been eliminated. I had traveled to all of these cities, plus San Francisco, Santa Fe, San Antonio, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and Minneapolis, during the 70's and early 80's while working for my state's criminal justice planning agency. I loved them all. Then it hit me: My trip to Philadelphia had actually been horse related. My local Arabian club had sent me as a delegate to the IAHA Convention in that city during the fall of 1985. Those of us with “a bit of age” should well remember those times. The country was in the throes of the Reagan

nature show, Horses in the Morning, to introduce us to their audience. As a result, we are exposing Arabian racing to an entirely new group of horse people as well as bringing even more information to you, our faithful audience. Today's market for information goes so beyond a print publication. While it is certainly still important and the focal point around which everything else flows, it cannot stand alone. So please, if you haven't done so already, go to iTunes (for iPhone) or Google Play (for Android) and download the Horse Radio Network app. It's free and the easiest way to find us. You can also listen to us on your computer by going to www. horseradionetwork. com/shows/arabianracingradio. And please tell your friends. Share the link and help us grow the Arabian racing podcast community.

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recession, and the Arabian world had been hit particularly hard when President Reagan eliminated “passive investment” for the horse industry. In fact, the federal program that funded my job was a casualty as well, thanks to Reagan. There were two seminars that my local club requested I attend at the Convention: One was on the disease combined immune deficiency (CID) and the other, honestly, I can't recall now. But after fulfilling my “assignments”, I was free to attend any seminars of my choosing, which became somewhat of a downer. Obviously the economy was part of it, but participants had many concerns: The judging system was perceived as being unfair; big money was buying show wins with expensive advertising; cutting horse classes were going away because it was becoming too expensive to rent cattle for the shows; and a myriad of other negatives.

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CALIFORNIA 2018 Race Meet Schedule • Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton - June 13 to July 10 • State Fair Cal Expo, Sacramento - July 11 to July 31 • Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa - August 1 to August 14 • Humbolt County Fair, Ferndale - August 15 to August 28 • Golden Gate Fields - August 22 to October 2 • Los Alamitos Race Course - September 9 to September 25 • The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno - October 3 to October 16

DELAWARE The upcoming 81st season of live racing at Delaware Park will feature 81 days with the meet starting on May 30 and concluding on October 20. The 2018 dates were approved by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission. Live racing will be conducted on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In the final week of the meet, live racing will be conducted on Wednesday, October 17 and Saturday, October 20 only. Daily first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

TEXAS 2018 Race Meet Schedule • Sam Houston Race Park - January 19 to March 17, March 30 to May 12 • Lone Star Park - April 19 to July 22, September 21 to November 10 • Retama Park - June 8 to August 11, August 31 to November 24

CANADA From the Canadian Arabian Horse Racing Association - Spring training commences May 1 at Marquis Downs Racetrack in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For more information, contact Roxanne Rogers at roxannerogers13@gmail.com or 780-352-9485.

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USA DARLEY NOMINEES for the Racing Year 2017

3 Yr Old Colt/Gelding BIG CORK RB HOT DATE UPTOWN FLYING FLYNN

Older Horse EASTER MAN PADDYS DAY QUICK AND RICH

Breeder JOSEPH A OR BETTY J GILLIS JANE R TEUTSCH DIANNE K WALDRON

3 Yr Old Filly R B KINDLE RB KINKIE BOOTS UPTOWN SANDY GIRL

Older Mare DREAM PEARL IVORY SHORES LAST CALL MHF

Owners BETTY J AND JOSEPH A GILLIS QUARTER MOON RANCH LLC ROSEBROOK FARMS LLC

4 Yr Old Colt/Gelding KAO MALOAN SWA QUICK SAND AA RB NASH 4 Yr Old Filly BURNING CHARM RB HOT RISK RUBY AA SWEET HONEY AA

Horse of the Year EASTER MAN PADDYS DAY QUICK AND RICH

Trainers TERRI EATON SCOTT POWELL JERENESTO TORREZ Jockeys CAROL CEDENO RICARDO CHIAPPE KEIBER COA

2018 APRIL 6-8, 2018 ARABIANRACINGCUP.COM

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I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolution lists. If a problem in life needs solving, I find it’s better to handle it as soon as it needs to be handled, instead of shoehorning it into a schedule based on Earth’s rotation around the sun. In all likelihood, that’s a one-way ticket to disappointment by the time the next set of resolutions come around.

The traveling road show is a great way to expose the product to new eyes, but at some point, it’s important to have regular places to point folks who want to see more. If you’re not fortunate enough to live in Delaware, Texas, or California, that makes getting an upclose experience with the breed quite a bit tougher.

While I tend to avoid resolutions for the issues they pose in execution, or lack thereof, I can get behind the opportunity to take stock in one’s surroundings and see what can be done to improve them, no matter where we are on the calendar. As such, I have a list of things I’d like to see in the future for Arabian racing to help increase awareness of the product and hopefully boost the overall health of the breed’s racing industry - a “wish list,” if you will. They don’t necessarily have to come true by the deadline of December 31, 2018. Sometimes important changes take time, but making progress toward those changes would be great to see. Here is what I have in mind… A Comeback Track Arabian racing is a small platoon and has gotten smaller in recent years when it comes to regular outposts. It’s been exciting to see the breed race at fresh locales like Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, and Monmouth Park, but at the same time, regular outposts have dried up at Arapahoe Park and Hazel Park.

When it comes to expansion, the easiest spots to do it can be the places with an existing infrastructure. Arapahoe and Hazel Park – especially Arapahoe – are venues with experience racing Arabians as a regular part of their meets, meaning management and horseplayers likely have a better grasp of the breed’s nuances, while there is some prior form amongst the local horsemen’s platoon on how to deal with the office. Looking further in the past, a return to Tampa Bay Downs, which ran Arabians from 1983 to 2003, would be a coup in terms of a higher-profile track, and would give horsemen another option to race in the winter months.

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Of course, this is not a request with a solution as simple as the racing office opening its doors and condition book and waiting for the magic to happen. Those tracks didn’t race Arabians in 2017 because the horse population wasn’t there, and reversing a horse population issue generally means making more horses and finding more horsemen. Sue Meyer, the new president of the Arabian Jockey Club, said in an interview on our new podcast, Arabian Racing Radio, that the number of Arabians being bred in North America is on the upswing, so perhaps help is on the way. A New Regular Outpost While we have the pie thoroughly in the sky, I’d love to see the Arabian platoon establish a new, uncharted longterm base somewhere in North America to add to the regular spots on the map and on the calendar. Getting a new set of fans and horseplayers interested in a regular rotation of runners could help get those folks interested in the national breed at large once they understand it a little better and can appreciate its human and equine players. Putting Arabians at an established track would probably be viewed as a novelty at first (don’t get me started on the people that lump it in with mule and ostrich racing), but being the fresh new thing on a card is inherently interesting. It might take a while for people to trust the product enough to bet, but chances are they will at least watch. Folks will probably take pictures of the


unusual-looking horses and share them on social media. If word gets around and – most importantly – the quality of the on-track product lives up to the billing, it might be possible to establish and maintain some positive momentum in a new location.

Cigar, contemporary runners like California Chrome, Smarty Jones, Barbaro and Frankel, famous fillies like Black Caviar, Rags To Riches, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta, and even Zenyatta’s first foal, the young colt later named Cozmic One.

This is another path that would require the manpower and horseflesh to support it, but it’s one that might actually be easier to pull off.

Breyer has a history of shining the spotlight on horses and disciplines that aren’t entirely mainstream but would go over huge in their own pockets of the equine community, and Arabian racing is one of the pockets that lacks representation. Arabians are an inherently attractive and distinctive breed of horse, and getting the right one on the shelves could draw some eyes.

In a previous issue, I interviewed Andrea Brigola of the Arabian Racing Club of Canada, who said one of her goals was to establish an Arabian base at the newly-minted Century Downs near Calgary, Alberta. A track lacking tradition means there are plenty of blank pages available to write its history. Trying to convince the province’s Thoroughbred horsemen to concede either a race on their card or airtime on the simulcast might prove to be a challenge, but a relatively new front office might appreciate the opportunity to give the Thoroughbred field sizes a small bump with one fewer race available each day. Naturally, the big dream would be to get a regular Arabian base at another elite U.S. track, but I would imagine those venues would be less welcoming of perceived intruders. Still, it’s pretty cool seeing the horses run under the lights at Churchill Downs, isn’t it? An Arabian Racing Breyer Figure I’ve spent plenty of ink talking about the importance of having stars in Arabian racing, and how the current setup of the breed’s racing landscape makes it easier for stars and rivalries to emerge. In the Thoroughbred realm, there is no greater confirmation of a horse’s star status than to be immortalized with a Breyer figure. The list of famous horses to receive their miniature likeness in plastic includes classic names like Secretariat, Forego, Seattle Slew, and

The obvious play here is Paddys Day. He’s the biggest thing going in North America’s racing Arabian breed right now, and is probably en route to his third straight Horse of the Year title. If we are going to introduce youngsters to the racing breed, we might as well start at the top. I also wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a horse like So Big Is Better get the nod if we’re only going to get one. He has been retired for a little while now, so it might be a harder sell if this were to be used as a marketing tool, but the story of a 10-year-old racehorse bumping heads with the best of his breed isn’t a hard story to sell. The fact that he’s a drop-dead gorgeous specimen doesn’t hurt either. Or, maybe the play is both’s sire, Burning Sand, whose name is near-ubiquitous in the blood of the racing breed. That said, if someone in the Breyer chain of command is reading this and wants to make a Quick And Rich figure, I’ll gladly buy it for myself and as gifts for as many friends and acquaintances as I can afford. Media Darley Awards for Writing and Photography I pitched this in a column last year, and I’d still like to see it. As I said then, 11 • Arabian Finish Line • February/March 2018

I am a stereotypical Millennial who draws his life force from trophies and approval, so this is a largely selfish endeavor. I’ve got some fun stories rattling around in my head that I wish I could point toward something like this, but encouraging folks who aren’t me to produce more and better work on North American Arabian racing is a good investment. Throwing in another one for photography might not hurt, either.

If no one feels comfortable giving a non-horse or -horseman a Darley, which is understandable, perhaps use the opportunity to honor two pillars of Arabian racing journalism and call it the “Don and Bobbi Patscheider Award for Arabian Racing Media,” or something along those lines. Only good things can come from this if executed properly. A Turf Racing Revival It was fun watching Paddys Day and Quick And Rich compete against the world’s best in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr.1) in Abu Dhabi. However, the race threw the two into the deep end when it came to the right-turn racing and turf surface. There’s not much to be done about the direction of the race, but I don’t see why a meaningful turf racing program can’t once again be a part of North American Arabian racing’s makeup. Delaware Park, Lone Star Park, Retama


Park, and Sam Houston Race Park are all Arabian venues with turf courses, not to mention the various one-shot venues Arabians have visited for big sponsored races, but there are no graded stakes out there for the breed over the surface. This is another one that I’m sure is as much a horse population issue as anything – filling a race on the dirt is hard enough, much less finding runners for a surface appealing to a fraction of the same pool of horses – but there are some benefits to growing the turf program. The first is it could open up the gene pool, as breeders zero in on what kind of horses will best compete over the turf. With bloodline variety being a point of concern in North America, the

search for the most capable sires and mares for producing turf runners could bring some new names into the fold, or elevate some familiar ones that might have been overshadowed in main-track racing. The thoroughbred world would likely never know a name like Kitten’s Joy if they all ran on dirt. The second potential benefit flies into the face of the horse population issue, but I can’t argue with horsemen trying to get the most out of their horses as they can, either physically or financially. Many international markets have significant turf programs, and having a runner that’s already proven on the surface could be used as a marketing tool for folks selling overseas. I’d obviously prefer if North America’s racing

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But then I sort of “stumbled” into the Arabian Racing Seminar, and got to hear (and meet) Alec Courtelis and Sam Harrison. What a change! Everything was upbeat and positive, and I returned home to Idaho with that “hook” dangling in front of me. In the early spring of 1986, Region IV had its MiniConvention in Pendleton, Ore. I had been talked into serving as conference coordinator – “volunteered”, so to speak. (The definition of a “volunteer” being someone who was dragged out of the bushes, kicking and screaming, to do a job no one else wanted.) As such, I became responsible for organizing everything. I was terrified, mostly because nobody would give me any ideas on what/ who to schedule for the educational portion, held during the banquet on the final night. So I took a chance, selecting Arabian Racing as the single topic and secured the following speakers: Tim Kelly, Arabian race trainer for Alec Courtelis; Rick Augustine, a well-known artist and Arabian race horse owner; and Lynn Ashby, who was making her racing mark in the Pacific Northwest. They were all very well received by the convention attendees, but for me... (Remember my earlier comment about the “dangling hook”?) When Lynn ended her presentation, she mentioned that Arabians would actually be racing the next day at Sundowns in the Tri Cities. Sundowns was on my way home anyway so, you can bet, the next day found me there, and I watched a Russianbred win the Arabian race. That “hook” was set! I even had several unemployed Russian-breds at home. (You

Arabian population stays close to home to support a program that needs them badly, but if the horses are going to sell anyway, they might as well sell for a lot. A graded-level turf race would be ideal to incentivize breeding and training toward the surface, but it’s key that rank-and-file races on the turf make it on the cards as well. A program is built from the bottom up, and the best will rise to the graded ranks. It’s not like North American-breds can’t get it done on the turf; just look at the international success of horses like RB Burn. Why not take advantage of that ability closer to home?

remember those $100,000 fillies and $50,000 colts/geldings that we all had back then, yet couldn't sell for enough to recoup the stud fees?) It was that Philadelphia horse connection that influenced my ardent Eagles support for the remainder of the 2018 Super Bowl!

Equine Writing and Editing Consulting Services Brochures Articles Books Sales Catalogs Tobi Lopez Taylor tobi@tobitaylor.com Author of the books Orzel: Scottsdale’s Legendary Arabian Stallion and The Polish and Russian Arabians of Ed Tweed’s Brusally Ranch, as well as articles in Arabian Finish Line, Arabian Horse Express, Arabian Visions, Blood-Horse, and Dressage Today.

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SPIRIT WINDS DARLEY 4 year NOMINEE old colt KAO MALOAN SWA

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KAO MALOAN SWA ( KAOLINO (FR) X MOLLI MALOAN, by FMR GRAND JETE ) started his �rst year of racing last year as a 4 year old and won the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship Stakes at Monmouth Park. He has 9 career starts never �nishing out of the money, with 3 �rsts, 3 seconds, 1 third, 1 fourth, and also came �fth in the Grade 1 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Over 20 years of success in breeding and racing Arabians.

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n 1958, when a bay filly named *Tryncza was born at Poland’s Albigowa State Stud Farm, it would have been easy to overlook her among that year’s stellar crop of foals, which included such future racing stars as *Arwistawa, Branibor, and Prowarda. Although *Tryncza never set foot on a racetrack, and her true value to the breed would not be realized for many years, she would go on to establish a thriving racing dynasty. Her sire, Trypolis, profoundly influenced Arabian breeding in Poland after World War II. As Roman Pankiewicz, noted breed authority and former deputy director of Albigowa Stud, wrote, “[Trypolis] proved to be so precious that I regret I did not use him properly [as a sire] in Albigowa….Too many of his daughters were exported without a breeding career in Polish studs.” Trypolis proved to be an excellent sire of sires—such as Faher, *Mohacz, and *Cytrys—as well as a broodmare sire of distinction. In Europe, his daughters produced a number of stallions, including Burkan, Comet, and Celebes, to name but a few. In addition to *Tryncza, 12

offspring of Trypolis were exported to the U.S. including *Mohacz, a stakes winner, top racing sire, and Arabian Horse Trust Racing Hall of Fame inductee. *Tryncza’s dam, *Kochanas (born in Poland as Kochana), was a daughter of Wielki Szlem, a renowned sire of racehorses, such as the stakes winners Czardasz, Czort, and Omar. *Kochanas won six of her 13 races, one of which was the Polish Oaks. Kaszma, the dam of *Kochanas, was by Kaszmir, who was beaten only one time in 18 starts. Kaszma produced 10 foals, including two stakes winners and two race winners. *Kochanas, who was imported to the United States in 1962, proved to be a useful broodmare, producing 17 foals. Of the five foals *Kochanas had in Poland, *Kluszyn and Kontusz were race winners. *Kluszyn later went on to be named Canadian Reserve National Champion Formal Driving. None of *Kochanas’ foals born in the United States were raced. *Tryncza, whom the Arabian historian Gladys Brown Edwards called “a beautiful bay mare,” was *Kochanas’ first foal. Although the unraced *Tryncza had no full siblings, the racing career of her full blood sister—the small but mighty *Daszenka (Trypolis x Daszma, a sister to *Kochanas)—may provide a sense of *Tryncza’s racing potential and hardiness, as *Daszenka started 41 times over the course of four years, winning five races and finishing no worse than third in 27 of them.

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At age five, *Tryncza produced her first foal. A filly by Negatiw, named Tryfolia, was born in 1963 at Janow Podlaski State Stud and, as an unraced two-year-old, she was sold to Sweden’s Blommerod Stud. Tryfolia was characterized by her new owners as “a very elegant and correct mare.” Her daughter Dartia, bred by Blommerod, was named Swedish National Junior Champion Filly. In 1964, *Tryncza produced a full brother to Tryfolia, named *Tinian. He raced for four years in Poland, winning nine times, including three stakes. Imported to the U.S. by entertainer and breeder Wayne Newton, *Tinian was named Canadian National Champion English Pleasure and U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure. He later served as a breeding stallion for both Newton and his next owners, John and Peggy Yates of Pay-Jay Arabians. Among his offspring was Forbidden Status, who won four National titles, including U.S. National Champion Show Hack and U.S. National Champion Hunter Pleasure. *Tryncza’s next foal was a 1965 colt by Aquinor. *Tryptyk, who ran for two seasons, won three races and then was retired to stud at Janow Podlaski. The Poles felt that he “lacked class,” and he was sold to a Swedish breeder in 1976, before two of his offspring, Sarenka and Mahon,

his credit. Parys later was named Polish National

Champion Stallion and Swedish National Champion Stallion. His son *Origan was a Polish Racehorse of the Year, winning four stakes. After his importation to the U.S., *Origan was also a regional halter champion. One of many examples of the versatility seen in *Tryncza’s descendants is *Origan’s son, Envoy BBF, who was a stakes winner, U.S. Top Ten Sport Horse Stallion, and endurance horse with 920 miles to his credit. *Tryncza was bred back to Negatiw for 1966. The resulting filly, Trylogia, was unplaced in one start, had no foals, and died in 1972. In 1967, *Tryncza was purchased by Leon and Doris Rubin of Sir William Farm, in New York. The mare was in foal to Negatiw again, and in 1968 she produced the colt *Tryneg, later to become U.S. and Canadian Top Ten Park Horse. Like his brother *Tinian, late in life *Tryneg was acquired by Pay-Jay Arabians for use in its Negatiwfocused breeding program. *Tryneg’s son SW Tarutyn was named U.S. Top Ten Park Horse AOTR. The following year, *Tryncza foaled Cortryna, a filly by *Carrador. Cortryna produced nine foals and was the granddam of Mr. Wisdom, U.S. Top Ten Pleasure Driving AAOTRD. *Tryncza’s 1970 filly, Trycarra, was also by *Carrador. She produced 11 foals, most notably LM Miss Wisdom, Canadian National Champion English Pleasure AOTR, U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure, and U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure AOTR. Trycarra was the granddam of stakes winner SS Misbehavin, as well as four race winners.

*Tryptyk had won the Polish Derby. *Tryptyk was later named Swedish National Champion Stallion, European Reserve National Champion Stallion, and All Nations Cup Reserve Champion Stallion. *Tryptyk’s Polish-bred son Parys was a better racer than his sire, running 46 times over five seasons, with 10 wins (including one stakes) to

For her next three foals, *Tryncza was bred to *Sambor, a National Champion Racehorse as well as a halter, park, and native costume champion. The resulting colt, Samtyr, was perhaps *Tryncza’s best-known foal; entire articles have been devoted to him and his achievements. Purchased as a yearling for $3,500 by Dr. Sam Harrison

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Samtyr

and nine partners, the colt “did not look particularly ‘racy’, looking more like a show horse as to smooth outline,” according to Gladys Brown Edwards. However, over the course of two seasons, Samtyr won 11 of 14 starts, set four track records, and was proclaimed National Champion Racehorse. In 1995, both Samtyr and his sire *Sambor were among the first horses to be inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame. As good as he was as a racehorse, Samtyr was an even better sire; his get earned more than $2 million on the track, and he headed the leading sire list for most of the 1980s. Among his best-known descendants (in both the sire line and dam line) are the Hall of Fame members Sams Count and Sams Louisa, and Darley Horse of Year winners Charlie Valentine, DA Adios, Thoroughbred, and Unchainedd Melody. The following year, *Tryncza foaled a sister to Samtyr named Fitz Janny. According to Arabian researcher John Schiewe, she had a “wonderful skeletal structure overlaid with defined, lean muscle.” Fitz Janny produced 15 foals, including the stakes-placed Sam Basque, a sire of four winners and three stakes winners; Dunasamba, the dam of Darley Horse of the Year RW Country Gent, as well as three race winners; FMR Kartagina, the dam of four race winners; and Dunasabellina, the dam of stakes winner WF Wincent and four race winners. Sir Wm Tryczam, a full brother to Samtyr, was born in 1973. Another example of *Tryncza’s versatile offspring, he won the IAHA Derby, then changed careers and was named U.S. Top Ten Western Pleasure and also became a regional stock horse champion. He went on to be a useful

sire of stakes winners. *Tryncza’s 1974 foal was a colt named SW Trynczero, by *Cerro. He sold in the 1976 Sir William Farm auction for $22,000 and sired one foal before he was gelded. *Tryncza was then bred again to *Sambor, producing the colt SW Samotryn, who was gelded after siring 18 foals. A grandson, Samsun PJ, was exported to the Middle East for racing and stud duty. In 1976, *Tryncza produced SW Etryna, a filly by *Etiw, who unfortunately died later that year. *Tryncza was then bred back to *Etiw, producing another filly, this one named SW Tyncza, who went on to produce 10 foals. The most notable was her MC-Bask son, Vladin, a Darley Horse of the Year who started 46 times over five seasons, winning 14 times, with seven stakes victories. *Tryncza’s final foal, Sir Wm Satryna, another full sister to Samtyr, was born in 1978. She became a park champion and produced three foals, none of which raced. Sir Wm Satryna was the granddam of three race winners. *Tryncza died in 1979, around the time that her son Samtyr’s first crops began making their indelible mark. Sixty years after her birth, it's clear that this unraced filly from Albigowa has become a dam of lasting distinction. Some mares produce excellent sires; others found wonderful female families. In the case of *Tryncza, she is the rare broodmare who succeeded in doing both, as well as transmitting excellent conformation, athletic prowess, versatility on and off the track, speed, and heart.

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Racing in the UAE MILLIONAIRE PADDYS DAY MAKES ARABIAN RACING HISTORY Paddys Day became the first Arabian racehorse in American history to earn more than $1 million in purses and bonus money with his victory in Thursday's Mazrat Al Ruwayah at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. The two-time Darley Award Horse of the Year in the United States has now earned $1,024,746 in an unprecedented career that includes 24 wins in 39 starts, including eight victories in Grade or Group 1 races. "It's absolutely unbelievable," said Lori Powell, who owns Paddys Day with her husband trainer Scott Powell of the Quarter Moon Ranch. "It was never a goal we set, but this year it became a reality, and he keeps going strong."

and in the United Arab Emirates. The horse's earnings are made up of $574,746 in purses and $450,000 in bonuses for winning the Sheikh Mansoor Festival's Triple Jewel series for the last three years. Paddys Day has surpassed the $622,048 earned by DA Adios from 2001 to 2006 to become the highest-earning Arabian racehorse in American history. "It will be interesting to see how far he will take this until he retires," Lori Powell said. The Powells have teamed with Dubai-based trainer Doug Watson for Paddys Day's campaign in the United Arab Emirates, and Pat Dobbs has been the horse's jockey this year at Meydan. Article by Jonathan Horowitz.

Now making a name for himself internationally while based in Dubai, Paddys Day is being pointed to the $1 million Kahayla Classic on the Dubai World Cup card, the richest day of horse racing in the world, at Meydan on March 31. This year, the 7-year-old bay horse won the first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge on January 1, finished second in the second round on February 1, and scored a 1 1/4-length victory in the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah all at Meydan. Since starting his career in Colorado in 2014, Paddys Day has won races in six different American states

Top photo: Paddys Day following his win in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Gr.2) at Meydan Racecourse. Left photo: Paddys Day scores a narrow victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (Gr.1) in his first start at Meydan Racecourse. Photos by Andrew Watkins.

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Featuring an article on foundation mare *Tryncza and stakes from the U.S. and U.A.E.

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Featuring an article on foundation mare *Tryncza and stakes from the U.S. and U.A.E.

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