August 14, Ferndale, CA.~The Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC) ran the third of a series of five Allowance races on the California Fair Circuit as the third race at the Humboldt County Fair on Saturday, Sunday, August 14, 2011. The series is sponsored by Wathba Stud Farms and it’s focus is to promote Arabian Racing nationwide and revitalize the image of what Arabian Racing is and where it came from. The third leg took place on a challenging 1300m bull ring track located just two miles off the ocean in Ferndale, Ca. This race took on a different story line as Billy Lewis, a jockey who just returned to the track last year after eight years of being an Arabian trainer, shocked the capacity crowd at the Humboldt County Fair with his come from behind 4 length win on Amazing Sawaska (Amazing Son x ELD Sawoska) paying 26.60 to win in a time of 1:35:52. “This was my first win since 2002”, said Lewis after his ride. He felt the horse ran well and said, “ I was just waiting to make the right move”. Billy and his family have participated in Arabian racing their entire lifetime and according to Billy it is in their blood.
Morris Parker, owner and trainer of Amazing Sawaska said it was his biggest Arabian win at Ferndale and he had been confident about his horse’s talent. “She has been training very well, she can handle these turns and you are able to rate her. And we got a perfect ride from Billy.”
The atmosphere surrounding the race continued being positive and well received by the Humboldt County Racing Fans. Arabian racing in Ferndale is not a well recognized segment of racing, but for one day it was the crown jewel of racing. The fourth leg of this series moves on to the Los Angeles County Fair. Hope to see you there.”
Larry Swartzlander, California Fairs, Director of Racing.
Photo Credit: Vassar Photography
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