August 18, 2012, Ferndale, California ~
The Victorian Village of Ferndale played host to the second of California’s four Wathba Stud Farm Cup races. A field of six maidens entered the starting gate to travel the 5 furlong distance. Up N Running ridden by Dionicio Navarro took the early lead into the first turn and continued down the backstretch setting the early fractions followed far behind by Limitlace, Hitdamark, and EC Numero Quest. As the field turned for home a determined Kentucky Bay with Barrington Harvey on board and Hitdamark ridden by Matt Garcia closed fiercely on the outside. When they crossed the wire it was too close to call. After what seemed like an eternity for the connections, the tote board showed that Kentucky Bay had prevailed by half a length over Hitdamark.
Kentucky Bay is a five-year old daughter by The Kentuckian out of Selma Croixnoire, by Ala Croixnoire, Foaled in Virginia by James Morris and owned by John Gish. She is trained by Ariel Gordon and assisted by Ruby Thomas.
1.Kentucky Bay ridden by Barrington Harvey, owned by John Gish, trained by Ariel Gordon
2. Hitdamark (Scud Buster x Jamaarah) ridden by Matt Garcia
3. Up N Running (Burning Sand x Tomokas Zipper by Ala Croixnoire) jockey, Dionicio Navarro, trainer Sandy Torok, owner, Phyllis Bottino breeder, Todd Moak
Limitlace (No Limite by Dormane x Anlace – Tiki Sahiber Ku)
EC Numero Quest (Dream Quest x EC Numiracle by *Numaa)
Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series is part of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival which supports small owners and breeders worldwide.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official 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.