October/November 2018 Digital Issue

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$7.99 October / November 2018 Volume 30, Number 6

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QUICK SAND AA President of the United Arab Emirates Cup G1 Churchill Downs © COADY PHOTOGRAPHY




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CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO UPTOWN SWEET CAROLINE! Winner at Delaware Park, Sept. 27th- $11,200 MSW for Fillies & Mares, and recipient of ARC Breeder Bonus! NO RISK AL MAURY (FR) - DEBUTANNTE, BY WIKING. Bred and owned by Krista and Jon Henningsgard

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ARTICLES/STAKES 12 16 20 22 28

Quick Sand AA Dominates at Churchill Beating the Odds Arabians in Art Stakes Racing in the U.S. Stakes Racing in Europe

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

COLUMNS 6 8 10 36

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


Quick Sand AA is all by himself under the lights at Churchill Downs where he won the President of the UAE Cup S. (Gr.1). Photo credit Coady Photography. Design by Corliss Hazard.



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Editor's Notes By Stephanie Ruff In my space this time around I would like to give a big shout out to Mike Economopoulos (as well as his lovely wife Vicki). Mike was a loyal columnist for Arabian Finish Line for quite some time. Vicki always had her camera with her and took some wonderful pictures that, over the years, she kindly offered to Finish Line. Eventually, they ceased racing horses so Mike took a step back and stopped writing. A few months after I took over the magazine some four years ago, Alan Kirshner retired from writing his column "One Man's Opinion."

Initially I needed to fill space so I called on Mike to see if he would resurrect his column, "Just Talkin." I'm not sure that he really wanted to, but being a team player, he obliged. I have been most appreciative of Mike helping me out when I was just getting started and, quite frankly, had no idea what I was doing. He stuck with it until he felt that he had nothing left to contribute. Plus retirement, family and traveling the world were calling. Who could blame him for wanting to do that

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instead of write a monthly column? I certainly couldn't. This issue reprints an article on Mike's best horse, KA Czubuthan. The "Big Red Stud" was one tough customer, and he passed that trait on to his offspring. I saw him numerous times at Mandolynn Hill Farm where he stood for many years. Even as he aged, he still looked great and knew when it was time to go to the breeding shed. He loved his job, and he did it well. It is a pleasure to pay homoage to him one more time. I want to personally thank Mike for all the years he devoted to Arabian horse racing in general and Arabian Finish Line in particular. It has been my honor and privaledge to work with Mike and Vicki over the years, from the Arabian Jockey Club, to the Arabian Racing Cup, to Arabian Finish Line, and I am glad that I can call them my friends. It's been a fun ride. I will miss having Mike and Vicki as part of the industry, but I wish them well as they enjoy the next part of their lives. Still, I hope to see them at the races at some point in time. But until then, enjoy. In This Issue The main focus of this issue is the President of the UAE Cup S. (Gr.1) that was held at Churchill Downs. We have been lucky this year to have an outstanding group of older horses race against each other all season long. At Sam Houston, Santa Anita, Delaware Park and Churchill Downs, every high quality horse took aim at Quick Sand AA, and every horse lost to him (with the exception of stablemate Easter Man who came the closest with a dead heat for a win.) This horse has been amazing all year long, and he put an exclamation point on his year at Churchill Downs. Many thanks to Joe Nevills for his articles here as well as his great coverage of the race for our podcast Arabian Racing Radio. If you haven't listened to it yet, you can find it at www.horseradionetwork.com/ arabianracingradio, or on your favorite podcast service.

Arabian Owner-Trainer Suspended Five Years For Refusing To Cooperate Over DNA Sample by Ray Paulick The owner-trainer license of Mark Powell has been suspended five years by Delaware Park stewards for “refusing to cooperate with an official of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and other racing officials” on Aug. 28, 2018. The Oct. 13 ruling also notes that Powell has been fined $2,500. The penalties stem from an attempt by Arabian Horse Association, Arabian Jockey Club and state officials to take DNA samples of some of Powell's horses, according to John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware commission. “He said, ‘Where is your warrant? You're not testing my horses,'” Wayne said. “I told him, ‘I'll get a warrant.'” The Delaware Department of Justice issued an administrative search warrant, but Powell attempted to leave the Delaware Park grounds with his horses before it could be served, Wayne said. Powell's trailer was blocked by a vehicle so he couldn't exit the track and Delaware State Police served the warrant. Samples were taken and the results are back, Wayne said. Powell has 45 days to challenge the results before they can be made public, according to Arabian Horse Association rules. Attorney Alan Pincus, who represented Powell at the October 12 hearing, said the length of the suspension was unprecedented. “It's outrageous,” Pincus said, “This punishment is a pretense for other stuff; they have pre-judged him to be guilty of something they haven't charged him with.” Pincus said officials wanted the DNA samples “because of rampant rumors about a certain horse. They want to prove it's not the horse he said it is.” The attorney said Powell was trying to remove his horses after being told by Delaware Park officials to leave. “They're telling him to get out, then they won't let him leave,” Pincus said. “That warrants five years?” Powell has trained 57 winners from 426 lifetime starters, according to Equibase's Arabian racing statistics. Among the best horses he's owned is Arabian champion So Big Is Better, who won the first-ever Arabaian race at Santa Anita on the Breeders' Cup Friday program in 2013, taking the Grade 1 President of United Arab Emirates Cup. Powell has won 7-of-73 starts this year. The suspension runs from October 13, 2018 through October 12, 2023.

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By Joe Nevills

Quick Sand AA was firmly in the driver’s seat in the Horse of the Year race prior to the $100,000 President of the U.A.E. Cup (Gr.1) at Churchill Downs, no matter the outcome, but he snuffed out any lingering objections to his place at the top of the mountain on September 29 by running the best race of his life. The 5-year-old son of Burning Sand cast aside his usual strategy of fending off his opponents by only the margin he needs to win, and he took the race by force, drawing off to prevail by nine lengths over many of North America’s top runners. Quick Sand AA broke from the inside post and held tight to the rail while Thess Is Awesome assumed his expected place at the front from the outside gate, with top filly Uptown Sandy Girl in close pursuit.

Under jockey Kirsten Swan, Thess Is Awesome blew past the opening quarter in 26.06 seconds. Unlike his runaway lead in the Grade 1 Delaware Park Classic Handicap, the challengers to Thess Is Awesome kept the horse in their crosshairs, with Uptown Sandy Girl on his inside flank and Madjikman, usually a deep closer, staying nearby in third. Uptown Sandy Girl, ridden by leading local rider Corey Lanerie, moved up to challenge Thess Is Awesome in the backstretch and took over the lead at about the half-mile point, set in 52.44 seconds. Lanerie kept a tight hold on the filly as they entered the final turn, but he let out a few notches when jockey Sasha Risenhoover took Quick Sand AA off the rail and moved him up to challenge the leader on the outside.

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The two were practically even as they turned for home, and neither rider had drawn their whip as the quarter pole flew by, but the momentum was clearly on the side of Quick Sand AA on the outside. Lanerie took out his crop on Uptown Sandy Girl, but his mount came up empty as Risenhoover rustled Quick Sand AA onward. Behind that pair, a trio of late movers tried to mount a charge, including last year’s winning exacta of Quick And Rich and Easter Man, along with longshot Madjikman. None of them would have the momentum to catch a quickly escaping Quick Sand AA, but the flagging Uptown Sandy Girl inadvertently ensured that would be the case by fading into the middle of the outside-moving pack, not causing contact, but arguably stalling any kind of rally in the process. “I kept waiting and waiting and waiting, and nobody came to me, then all of a sudden, I looked up and I saw them coming on the screen,” Risenhoover said. “I just peeked up and took a glance, and I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s time to ask him,’ and when I asked him, he just pulled away. When I couldn’t hear anybody, I took another glance at the screen, and I just wrapped up on him. Those screens come in handy.”

he relaxes. He knows where the wire is, and I think that’s the big change we’ve seen in him.” In addition to locking down the Darley Awards for Horse of the Year and champion older male for himself, Quick Sand AA put Joe and Betty Gillis in prime position for their fourth consecutive titles as champion owners and breeders. Likewise, a second straight trainer award will probably go to Torrez. Earlier in the day, the trio further bolstered their credentials when 3-year-old Burn Em Joey, a Gillis homebred trained by Torrez, dismantled the Grade 3 Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship Stakes. “When you’ve been breeding for about 26 years, this is what you work for,” Gillis said. “It’s special. It’s the combination of a lot of good things. We’ve got a lot of good folks around the farm that bring these horses on, and make them to be the things you want them to be.” On the heels of a showcase win to top off what has been a showcase season, the natural question is what comes next for Quick Sand AA. One option on the table could be sending the horse to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, the world’s richest race for Arabians.

Under minimal urging, Risenhoover and Quick Sand AA drew off to cross the line nine lengths ahead of a well-moving Madjikman. The runner-up was 3 ½ lengths ahead of Easter Man, who got past fourth-place Uptown Sandy Girl by a half-length.

Last year’s race saw President of the U.A.E. Cup winner Quick And Rich, as well as third-place Paddys Day, make their next starts in Abu Dhabi, while other U.S.-based runners that have made the trip include Thess Is Awesome, and the Gillis homebred Sand Victor.

Quick Sand AA completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:54.65 over a fast main track. He paid $5.60 to win as the post time favorite.

“I don’t know whether we’ll go that way or not,” Gillis said. “I’ve never been over there. We sent a horse over there a couple years ago with a trainer, but I’ve never gone over there. We’ll just have to take that and see what the future holds and make that decision down the road.”

It was the first President of the U.A.E. Cup win in the distinguished careers of owner/breeders Joe and Betty Gillis, as well as trainer Jerenesto Torrez. Prior to the race at Churchill Downs, none of Quick Sand AA’s four wins on the season came at a margin greater than threequarters of a length. Joe Gillis was as surprised as anyone by his runner’s decision to buck the trend on one of the sport’s biggest North American stages. “He ran a great race,” Gillis said. “He won it a little easier than I thought he would. Every few months, he seems to be getting a little better. Maybe he’s at his peak. It’s hard to tell, but the past 18 months, he just continues to be a better racehorse. He likes to run, and he has a lot of heart.” The President of the U.A.E. Cup tilt improved Quick Sand AA’s career record to 11 wins in 23 starts for earnings of $260,231. It was his fifth career stakes victory. This year’s campaign has been a revelation for Quick Sand AA, whose first stakes win came at age four in last year’s Grade 3 Texas Arabian Derby near the end of the 2017 season. Since then, he has rolled off a quartet of Grade 1 victories, including wins in both of North America’s most expensive races – the President of the U.A.E. Cup at Churchill Downs and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Stakes in April at Santa Anita – each worth $100,000. “As a 4-year-old, he was still a little bit immature and wanted to go fast out of the gate,” Torrez said. “This year, he’s more mature, and

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Photo by Joe Nevills.

Time’s almost up! The free ride concludes 2019.

Three T Morning Mist Dustin Orono photo, Lone Star Park

Nominate now! It pays! Congratulations to Chuck Threet of 3T Arabians, who took home an extra $500 in addition to purse winnings as breeder of the winner of our final ARC race of 2018 - Three T Morning Mist, a 6 year old mare by Three T Zorro, out of TTT Canadian Mist, by Stravinsky HF. Also recipients of an extra $500 breeder bonus: 2nd place RB Blastfromthepast, bred by Dianne K. Waldron of Rosebrook Farm, and 3rd place WMA Atlantic, bred by Rita De Leon of Welcome Arabians. Breeders of Arabian Racehorses pick up an additional $500 each time horses they bred place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in ARC races. This extra money is put on races at tracks all over the USA- maiden, allowance, claiming races to stakes races. In 2018 alone, a total of 36 ARC Breeders Incentive bonuses were dispersed over 12 races in California, Delaware and Texas.

BEGINNING IN 2020 - ONLY NOMINATED RUNNERS WILL RECEIVE INCENTIVE FUNDS BE READY TO KEEP COLLECTING EXTRA MONEY AFTER THE FREE RIDE ENDS DECEMBER 2019. NOMINATE YOUR STALLIONS AND FOALS NOW. it’s very easy, very inexpensive, and every breeder large or small has a great chance to earn rewards. Nominations due December 31st each year. Runner nomination lasts lifetime. Stallion nominations due annually. Find program details, 2018 winners, stallions list, and official nomination forms on the website. Questions? Contact Michelle Morgan, ARC Chief Steward, mandolynn44@gmail.com


Beating The Odds

This promotional piece was written by Patti Shoefler. It originally appeared in the December, 1997 issue of Arabian Racing Illustrated. Photos courtesy of Michael Economopoulos. Early in life, K A CZUBUTHAN was dealt bad luck. If he was to develop into the big, bold stud that was his potential, he would have to beat that hand. Plagued by a seemingly never ending series of problems and set backs, even those who so devotedly believed in his potential wondered if this horse would deliver. K A CZUBUTHAN showed them, though. From a pudgy, clumsy, unimpressive colt, he transformed himself into a powerful and agile athlete. Under the determined care of those who would not

give up on him, he overcame his mishandling as a young horse and developed the focus and attitude of a fighter. Deliver he did. In 7 years of racing, K A CZUBUTHAN accumulated a race record of 64(25-16-3)6-9, having won $109,000 in purses. He also earned the admiration and respect of all those who watched him compete. Even before Czubuthan was born, the odds were staking up against him. His dam was a problem broodmare and breeder Dan Drewry did not expect her to produce a foal. She did, however, in 1984, give birth to a chestnut colt with four white socks. In 1986, champion race trainer Robert Knight and now KA Czubuthan syndicate manager Michael Economopoulos traveled to Florida

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less for a racing future, Czubuthan refused to give up. He recovered. "Even after the surgery, he was dangerous and my husband didn't want me to finish breaking him." Nonetheless, Houston remembers thinking what a fine race horse he would make. "I loved his conformation: very good, stout legs, blocky build, nice hip, just well put together. Pretty too." Regretfully, Houston sent him back to the owner. Race trainer Debra Foti had tried to buy Czubuthan as a weanling and had never given up the idea that this horse could be great. In 1988 she bought half ownership only to have veterinarians at Louisiana State University tell her that because of a cantaloupesize hernia he had developed from colic surgery, he would never be useful as a riding or breeding horse. An operation to correct it would endanger his life. Despite their bleak forecast, Foti was resolved to prove them wrong.

After 7 years on the track, two Darley nominations and 25 victories, Czubuthan was retired to stud in 1994.

to buy the colt. Economopoulos had always thought that the big, strong, pure Polish Chambray would nick well with his stallion, Brusally Orzelost, a many times Top 10 race sire and producer of 25 race winners. The two men went to find out. The horse's pedigree alone was enough to inspire the trip. The cross related the colt to racing greats. his sire line was through national champion race horse, *Orzel. His bottom side featured some of Poland's finest runners. He was line bred to *Czubuthan and *BaIda who was undefeated at a mile and a furlong and one of the five fastest mares in Poland at that distance. But the result of the cross did not impress the two men. "My first impression of Czubuthan was terrible," said Knight. "He was confined to a sandy pen in the hot sun and didn't have room to run. He was pot bellied, thick necked and awkward." Added to his poor condition, Knight and Economopoulos were concerned about his temperament. The owner had become afraid of the unruly colt and had quit handling him. The two men made an offer, but it was rejected and they left without the horse. In 1987, race trainer Charlotte Houston of Lecanto, Florida, took a chance and leased KA Czubuthan. "He was such a treacherous horse," said Houston with a touch of affection. "I rode him in the paddocks, not in the woods or on the track. You just couldn't get him quiet enough. He had been neglected for three years and hadn't had anything done with him except food thrown at him. The owner moved the horses around by shaking a milk carton filled with pebbles. So he would go nuts at any noise." One morning Houston found the colt in his paddock, clearly in great discomfort. Twelve hours and $3,000 later he was in colic surgery. The veterinarians pulled five gallons of sand out of his gut, likely picked up from eating in the round pen in which he lived for so long. Despite the veterinarians poor prognosis for survival, much

By now the four-year-old stallion was unmanageable. When Foti brought the horse home the trailer was shaking so bad that her husband wouldn't let her go in and get him out. "Czubuthan was so wild. He was snapping lead ropes like they were made of string and had no respect for anything or anyone. he dumped every jockey who tried to ride him and put me in the emergency room." It became a battle of wills, but Foti wasn't ready to give up. "I said to him, 'it's you or me, you rotten horse.'" With the aid of a few tricks taught to her by a cowboy and sheer perseverance, Foti gained ground. Finally, she felt that she and the colt had made such progress that she could chance riding him. When no one was around, she got on. "My hands were shaking. He could have dumped me, but he didn't. It was the best ride I've ever had." Still Czubuthan was far from being tame and docile. He suffered a trailer accident that set him back for a time and was always nursing a bump or a bruise. When he finally ran his first race, he acted up in the gates and injured his leg. Czubuthan finished fifth and was laid up for 11 months. When finally the horse was healed, Foti trailered him from Louisiana to Paducah, Kentucky for his first true test. He won by 17 lengths and broke the track record. "That was one of the best moments of my life," she remembers. "Legs" as he was nicknamed, had learned to trust Foti and she felt he would do anything she asked of him and then some. "He had more heart than any horse I've ever seen," she recalls. In the next 2 months, he had 2 more firsts and a second. At last Czubuthan was approaching his possibilities. It was the right moment to send him to the big time. Foti shipped him to Robert Knight at Delaware Park who took over the next stage of Czubuthan's career. Knight was shocked. "When he came to me, he was a big and beautiful horse. It surprised me so much that I had to check the markings on the pedigree to make sure it was him." Though Czubuthan may have looked different, he was still a handful. "He was high and nervous," describes Knight. "For the first race it took two grooms to lead him to the saddling paddock. But I took my time with him. I went nice and easy and would not force myself

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on him. Before long he was gentle and calm and you could work around him and under him. He was just a lovable horse. I could practically lead him with a string. I'd talk to him and he'd just respond to the movement of a hand or arm." With this kind of program, the real Czubuthan was emerging. In 1990, Knight won 5 of his first 8 starts with him. But in a messy situation with the original owner, Foti lost the horse. "It broke my heart," she tells. When Economopoulos heard that the horse was once again for sale, he make another offer to buy the horse. This time he was successful. Shortly after, Czubuthan had another set back, just a few days before the Armand Hammer Classic where he was to face a tough field that starred Sam Tiki, NF Proof+\, Flash Magic, Tikisflaming Jet and Magna Terra Smoky. Although the big horse was no longer wild, he remained frisky and playful. Knight remembers, "the gallop boys thought they were good hands, but Czubuthan was real smart. He would work his head, and the rider would get a little forward and off balance, and he would put his head between his legs and pop the rider right off, just for the fun of it." After these little episodes, Czubuthan would stand there, waiting to be remounted and continue his work. This time, though, he ran off, galloping over two miles to the barn. Later he tied up and coliced. Knight and Economopoulos debated about scratching the horse, but determined he was healthy enough to let him give the race a shot.

including 2 stakes victories. After 7 years on the track, two Darley nominations and 25 victories, Czubuthan was retired to stud in 1994. Morris Woods of Austin, Texas, helped establish the syndicate in 1996 because of his admiration for the horse's conformation, pedigree and race record. "He ran like a thoroughbred, like a race horse. Not all Arabians do. He had great length of stride, and he'd put his head out, stretch his neck, and use his whole body to run." Though none of the horse's babies have hit the track yet, Woods is very optimistic about their future. In 1997, KA Czubuthan bred 30 mares including Dr. Susan Bollinger's stakes producing mare, LM Carrie, and Paul and Kathy Smoke's race winning *Sambor daughter Samorra. Also on his list of matings are daughters of *Mellon, Ibn Kontiki, Pierrot PASB, Tiki Sahiber Ku, Tiki Tessar, *Orzel, *El Paso, *Wiking and Bandera Ka. Economopoulos sees in the Czubuthan offspring their sire's conformation and attitude. "He's producing big, strong babies. They have also inherited his cockiness, confidence, and toughness. You can see it in their eyes. He's only produced a few foal crops, but in that group are some truly exceptional prospects. I built my program around his daddy, Brusally Orzelost, but I am convinced that Czubuthan will surpass him."

In a courageous battle, Czubuthan traded leads three times down the stretch with Horse of the Year NF Proof+\. "He wasn't 100 percent, but he only missed winning by a head," says Knight. "He was tough. He had hard times, some which he created himself, but he always came through. He was a great competitor." Economopoulos still replays the video of that race. "It always gives me a thrill and really shows what the horse is made of. He always had a little problem or another, but on race day he only had winning on his mind. He had great respect on the back side. A jockey told me he was the most honest horse he'd ever ridden. The horse never cheated in his life." It was not just Czubuthan's heart that got him through. Conformation played its part. "He's one of the strongest Arabian horses I've ever seen," says Economopoulos. "When he was in his prime he looked like a body builder. There is such power in his physique. He can take your breath away." His nickname of "Legs" reflects another point that kept him out front. "He's got short, flat cannon bones, a long arm, and good straight legs in back," describes Knight. "also he's well balanced, has a good shoulder slope, a neck fit that's good, a good croup, a lot of well defined muscle, a good jaw for breathing capacity, a good girth and big chest. He's a big, beautiful horse. He moves good. He's a proud looking horse." KA Czubuthan proved to be a durable runner, having his best year as a 9-year-old. In 14 races, he had 8 wins, 4 seconds and a third,

KA Czubuthan stood the majority of his career at Mandolynn Hill Farm in Texas. Farm owner Michelle Morgan (left) and Mike Economopoulos (right) pose with the successful stallion in 1997.

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1988 Trainer of the Year Knight also believes in Czubuthan as a sire. "I've trained nine world champions, but believe only a few will prove to be truly great sires: Sam Tiki, Flaming Tron Ku, *Wiking, and KA Czubuthan. When a stallion marks his foals, that's a good sire. I have a two-year-old Czubuthan colt I bought as a weanling. Everyone that visits the farm picks him out of the group because he favors his sire. He's got that something special that sets him apart. I'll bet my reputation that they'll be hearing from his offspring," Knight says. Just imagine if Czubuthan had had a trouble free life.


Welcome Arabians’

WILD CARD WINS in Delaware!

RB WILD CARD ( AKIM DE DUCOR - ABRA CAADABRA, BY BURNING SAND ), got his second win at Delaware Park. WILD CARD is a 4-year-old Bay Colt, Race Record 1 / 8 ( 2 - 1 - 2) $16,721



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Stakes Racing in the U.S.

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Delaware Park Arabian Classic H. (Gr.1) August 18, 2018 An outstanding field assembled for this year’s Delaware Park Arabian Classic H. (Gr.1) on August 18 – Quick Sand AA, Paddys Day, Easter Man, Quick And Rich, Thess Is Awesome, and more. It was going to be a clash of the titans in the $50,000, 1 ¼ mile race, and it definitely lived up to its billing. As expected, Thess Is Awesome, under only 115 pounds, went to the lead and played catch-me-if-you-can. Quick Sand AA and Mystical MHF took up the chase. Thess Is Awesome held the lead for the first mile. Quick Sand AA bided his time in second and the late running Quick And Rich started to advance his position. In the final furlong, Quick Sand AA and jockey Keibar Coa ran down the pacesetter and took command, but Quick And Rich was coming at him determinedly. It was close at the wire – very close – but Quick Sand AA just held off Quick And Rich to win by a head in a time of 2:17.59. Thess Is Awesome stayed on well to be third. He was followed by Easter Man, Madjikman, Mystical MHF, RB Hocus Pocus, Zells Bells and Paddys Day. Paddys Day, the post time favorite and carrying the high weight of 128 pounds, ran an uncharacteristically bad race. He dropped to the back of the pack, was never involved and finished nearly 40 lengths behind the winner. No explanation was given for his poor performance. Quick Sand AA, bred and owned by Joe and Betty Gillis and trained by Jerenesto Torrez, has been unbeatable this year and added his third grade 1 victory of the season. The son of Burning Sand and Triumphs Silkie (by Seyvilla Triumph) has earned over $116,000 this year and is the favorite to win Darley Horse of the Year. Next stop for many of these horses will be the President of the UAE Cup S. (Gr.1) at Churchill Downs. 22 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018

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Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff H. (Gr.1) September 8, 2018 By Kasey Johnston, https://kaseyjojohnston.wixsite.com/kaseyjohnston On September 8, Delaware Park saw a six horse field go forward in the Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff H. (Gr.1) for Arabian fillies and mares of three or more years of age. The race took place on a rainy afternoon, causing the track to be in sloppy condition. However, the stormy weather proved to be no match for the competitors, who fought for a guaranteed purse of $45,000. The race began with a clean start by each horse, and a quick take to the lead by the two horse, Last Call MHF. She eagerly led the pack as they passed the finish line for the first time in the one and one-eighth mile race. R B Kindle from the one hole held her spot behind Last Call MFH through the first turn, followed by Uptown Sandy Girl in third, and Pams Masquerade in forth. Long shot Last Call MHF continued to hold the lead for the majority of the race, until the two favorites—R B Kindle and Uptown Sandy Girl— kicked it into high gear for the remaining three-eighths. As the pack approached the final stretch, Last Call MFH rapidly lost her stamina, and Uptown Sandy Girl reminded us once more of her talent and strength as she claimed the lead and was the first to cross the finish line, followed by R B Kindle in second and Royally Bred in third. Pams Masquerade, Last Call MHF and RB Gaim Changer completed the field. Owned by Jon R. Henningsgard, trained by Lynn Ashby, and ridden by Jose Garcia, Uptown Sandy Girl claimed her fifth win of 2018. The four-year-old superstar has won eight of the fourteen races of her career, earning her a total of $125, 470. Her triumph of this racing year will not go unnoticed, for the filly has totalled $88, 700 in 2018 alone. We have continued to see Uptown Sandy Girl in the winner’s circle time and time again this summer and anticipate her success in years to come. 23 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018

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Dream Pearl Continues Winning Streak in Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush H. at Los Alamitos Courtesy of Los Alamitos Publicity. Racing for the partnership of Dorothy Burt, Evelyn Call, Betty Eaton, and Cory Soltau, Dream Pearl scored her third consecutive victory – all of them in stakes races - when posting a half-length victory over Sand Victor in the $20,000 Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at 7 furlongs at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Francisco Monroy for trainer Terri Eaton, Dream Pearl sat back behind leader Southerland during the early stages of the race before making her move in the backstretch. She hooked up with Sand Victor around the final turn, and the two stars battled for the rest of the way before Dream Pearl moved ahead to score her 14th win in 27 career starts. Bred by Joseph and Betty Gillis, Dream Pearl covered the distance in 1:33.29 and earned $11,200 for the win. The 7-year-old mare by Burning Sand and out of Triumphs Pearl has now earned $134,908 in her career. She’s also two-for-two at Los Alamitos, adding this victory to her win in the Uptown Farm Arabian Stakes on September 16, 2016. “Southerland set the pace, which is what we expected,” Eaton said. “He has early foot and set a nice pace. Sand Victor challenged, and I thought Sand Victor was going to get there. He tends not to like the inside; he likes to be on the outside. When she came and challenged him it was just a tough challenge. He beared down and they both tried hard and both showed a lot of heart. They’ve been knocking it out all year. She was just the better horse tonight. “Monroy fits this (mare) really well as does Pedro Terrero,” Eaton began. “They have patience and will sit and wait with her instead of using her up on the front end. They both do a very good job at that. She’s really come around, and the older she gets the more determined she is. She’s just very tough. She wants to win. This is probably one of her better years. We have her diet fixed, and she’s carrying a little more weight and has a little more substance to draw from.” The 2016 Darley Award winner as top aged mare, Dream Pearl has won three of seven starts this year. She’s hit the board in all seven of her outings. She won the Ferndale Arabian Stakes and the Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at Santa Rosa in her two starts prior to this race. Owned and bred by Joseph and Betty Gillis, Sand Victor earned $4,200 for running second. That figured raised his career bankroll to $165,550 from 41 starts. Eaton said that a trip to Texas may be in the cards next for Dream Pearl. “We’re thinking of taking her to Texas, but we’re not sure yet,” Eaton said. “We are going back home to Fresno for now.” Lettie Smeding’s Raineing Sand finished third and was followed by RB Hot Risk, Southerland, and MY Thunder Bolt. 24 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018

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Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship S. (Gr.3) September 8, 2018 Burn Em Joey has been an excllent 3 -year-old that has had the misfortune of running second to the standout 4-year-old So Big Boy. But in the Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship S. (Gr.3), a race only for 3-year-olds, Burn Em Joey had the chance to get out from under So Big Boy's shadow, and he did it emphatically. In the field of six (five colts and one filly), the 1/9 favorite, owned by Joe and Betty Gillis and trained by Jerenesto Torrez, went to the lead and never looked back. Jockey Carol Cedeno had him under wraps at the wire, and he won the one mile, 70 yard stakes by five lengths over stablemate Big Ben AA. RB Texas Hold Em, owned by Rosebrook Farm, finished third. RB Super Duty, Uptown Cruisedirector and A Real Diva completed the field. The final time was 1:55.58. The winner's share of the $20,000 purse brought Burn Em Joey's lifetime earnings to $45,500 with four wins and three seconds in seven starts. This was his first stakes win, but he previously finished second in the Delaware Park Arabian Derby (Gr.2) behind So Big Boy. By Burning Sand out of Triumphs Silkie, by Seyvilla Triumph, Burn Em Joey is a full brother to none other than Quick Sand AA. Assuming he keeps improving, we could potentially see these full brothers face off against each other next year. 26 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018

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Stakes Racing in Europe

ARC Weekend 2018 October 7, 2018

Text and photos by Debbie Burt, www.equinecreativemedia.com. For those willing to travel, Paris is the place to be for Arabian racing in the first weekend in October, opening with the only dedicated Purebred Arabian racehorse sale in the world at Saint-Cloud. There were no fireworks, however; the figures were similar to 2017. The average price was €26,656, only down by just over €600, whilst the median was up by €2,000. Overall, 77 of 119 horses offered were sold (65%) for a total of €2,052,500. The leading lots were both horses in training who had been Group PA placed and both from renown owner-breeder, Renée-Laure Koch. Topping the sale at €155,000 was the filly Fortuna Al Maury, a daughter of No Risk Al Maury, whilst a Mijadd colt, Sea Bird Al Maury, was not far behind on €150,000. He is from the same line that has produced many good horses including No Risk Al Maury, Sylvine Al Maury and Rubis De Carrere. Both were purchased by Gérard Larrieu’s Chantilly Bloodstock Agency and were wild card entries to the sale. The first horse presented in the ring, Nalink, was a two-year-old son of Amer bred and offered by Haras de Saint-Faust. He was purchased for €100,000 by Salim Saad Suhail Al Mukhaini Bahwan of Oman. The handsome grey is from the family of stakes winners Nez D'or, Nirwan, Mkeefa, Chaddad, Rajeh, Almaa, etc. The following day saw two taking performances by juveniles, firstly Marid coasted to victory in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains under Olivier Peslier, for owner breeder HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Kahlifa Al Thani. The winning margin was only half a length, but the son of TM Fred Texas and the multiple Group 1 PA winner Al Dahma couldn’t have been easier. This was quickly followed by Al Haffanah (Amer) in the fillies’ equivalent. Her winning margin was decisive, finishing two and a half lengths ahead of her nearest rival. It marked a significant win for Al Shaqab’s Arabian racing and breeding operation, as her dam Al Nachmiya (Azadi) had been their first winner. Moving on from Saint-Cloud to the rebuilt and renamed Paris Longchamp, the focus turned to the four-year-old fillies in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments. Here was another landmark victory for an owner-breeder, this time Dr. Al Nujafi, who witnessed Al Shamoos triumph in the same race won by her half-sister Muneera (Dormane) the previous year. Despite her very recent sale to Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, Al Nujafi was clearly delighted with her win, as she quickened clear of her rivals impressively and was nearly six lengths clear of the multiple Group 1PA winner, Joudh. Al Shamoos is a daughter of No Risk Al Maury, whilst her dam Hamiya, is a product of Al Nujafi’s Iraqi bloodlines which have been in his family for over a hundred years. Now heading to Abu Dhabi, she could be the next offspring of her sire to flourish in the UAE, as Barnamaj did so well on the dirt at Meydan last season. And so to the main event, the Qatar Arabian World Cup Group 1PA. Without the declaration of first stage winner, Muraaqib, there was to be no speculation on a Doha Triple Crown contender. This year's race looked set to be a vintage affair with 28 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018

the first three home from the 2017 contest, Gazwan, Yazeed and Ebraz all re-opposing, plus the two best four-year-old colts in Europe, Rodess Du Loup and Rajeh in the mix, along with another six other Group 1 PA winners. However, the shock outsider, Fazza Al Khalediah, left them all behind. Showing an unusual turn of foot for an Arabian, he sprinted clear in the home stretch to win by two and a half lengths from Khattab and Ebraz, though the time of 2:13.22 was not record breaking. A product of Al Khalediah Stud, and a second-generation son of Tiwaiq, Fazza Al Khalediah had been sold to Poland where he had recorded eight straight wins for trainer Michal Borkowski. He stepped up to Listed company, winning in Milan in July, before having his colours lowered in the Group 3 PA Nagroda Europy by Ijram, a full-brother to Ebraz. Benefitting from a good draw and a half kilo age allowance, he showed a return to form in Paris, recording the most significant win for Poland for over 50 years. Picture at left: A son of the U.S. Darley Champion TM Fred Texas, Marid coasted to victory in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains for owner breeder HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Kahlifa Al Thani. Facing page: Fazza Al Khalediah ran away with the win in the Qatar Arabian World Cup.

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President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby (Gr.1)) at Doncaster September 15, 2018

Text and photo by Debbie Burt, www.equinecreativemedia.com. Run as part of the historic four-day Doncaster St Leger Festival, the President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby (Gr1PA)), takes place after the St Leger, the feature race of the meeting and the oldest of all the ‘Classic’ races for thoroughbreds in the UK. This is a fitting match as the President of the UAE Cup is the oldest series for Arabians. It is also the last opportunity for four-year-olds of both sexes to meet at Group 1 PA level in Europe. It was a race that had been eagerly awaited, as it featured some of the best colts from France in Rajeh, Rodess Du Loup and Rijm, as well as a pretty useful filly from the UK in Shomoos Athbah. In the event it was deja vu for the Gourdain team when French Derby winner, Rodess Du Loup, ran away with the UK equivalent, this year sponsored by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs as part of the President of the UAE Cup Series. This was a repeat win for trainer, Charles Gourdain, who had achieved the same feat last year with Nafees. With Anfaas declared a non-runner, the field was reduced to seven and set off at a steady pace led by Asraa Min Al-Talqa. Entering the home straight, the leader steadier further, needing encouragement to keep his position. However the field bunched even closer behind them, and it was inevitable that the race would develop into a sprint in the closing stages. It was clear that Soumillon would have preferred more pace in front as he was battling to keep Rodess Du Loup settled. However, with the leader coming off the rail, the pair were able to get a smooth run down the far rail, quickening clear of Rajeh and Rijm. Shomoos Athbah stayed on well, finishing the best of her sex in fourth. This was a return to form for Rodess Du Loup, who had been beaten by Rajeh at their last meeting in Deauville in the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) (Gr1PA) over the same 2000m distance as at Doncaster. Gourdain was delighted to repeat his Derby double victory saying: “I always thought Rodess Du Loup was as good as Nafees, but he had to confirm it, and he did that today. I was disappointed last time in Deauville, but I think that he prefers the better ground, good to soft instead of soft, and he likes a race with a lot of pace. Today there was no pace in the race, and he did not settle. Christophe told me that he had a difficult time trying to get him to relax.” 30 • Arabian Finish Line • October/November 2018




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