September 29, Stockton, California- and it was a brilliant, warm day in California for the Stockton Wathba Cup Allowance for Arabian Three Year Olds and up – 6 F, Purse, $8,900 with Wathba Cup sponsor included.
Kador N U set the pace firmly going away – and around the turn by 5 lengths. Burnin Rubber had settled in 4th on the rail, but moved up on the back stretch stalking the leader, then with a steady rush in the final furlong that Kador N U could not withstand. Neck to neck down to the wire, the two headed for a track record and a photo finish, with Burnin Rubber pushing ahead over the wire by a nose.
Owner, trainer, Helen Shelley, was back in the winner’s circle in Stockton, her 2nd win for the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series this season (June, Pleasanton, Sand de Wind). She said of Burnin Rubber. “He just flew down the stretch. We’ve had this horse for about two weeks. He came out from Delaware. It’s a different world in California. Delaware horses feel a lot less pressure here. It’s a great place to race Arabians.”
The San Joaquim County Fair at Stockton has 10 days racing of in September, and the Arabians are part of the fun. Fair Director, Tom Sawyer (center), said, “It’s fabulous to have the Arabians here at the fair. Horse racing is fun and to show off the Arabians here is our delight.”
Results: Track Record: on the dirt ~ 01:18:15
1. Burnin Rubber Barrington Harvey, trained by Helen Shelly, owned by Warren Shelly
Burnin Rubber (Burning Sand x WPTR Five-Dime by K A Czubuthan), 2008 Texas
2. Kador N U, Hugo Herrera, Trainer, owner, Leisa Belser
3. Lacy Vaz, Joy Scott
4. Burning Speed MKP, Pedro Flores
5. Striving Forward MKP, David Essman
6. By Golly Its Hot, Megan Fadlovich
7. Indigena, Freddy Rodriguez
8. Dimars Believe, Dionicio Navarro
The Wathba Stud Farm Cup supports small breeders and owners of Arabian horses worldwide as part of the HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.
The HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized to promote purebred Arabians in different parts of the world with the sponsors being by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as theofficial carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.