18 June 2018, Pleasanton, California ~ As Arabians once again take center stage in California racing, Sand Victor showed his talent by winning the first Arabian race of the season at Oak Tree at Pleasanton, California on Sunday, 17 June, 2018.
In a race for 3 yr-olds and up of five furlongs, Sand Victor (Burning Sand x Vague de Gemme) came from sixth under Hugo Herrera and stalked the pace breaking five wide around the turn to drive home battling Dream Pearl on the rail for the win. Sand Victor is owned by Joseph A and Betty J Gillis.
Dream Pearl was a close second under Pedro Terrero making a double for trainer Terri Eaton. Third in was Southerland ridden by Pedro Flores. Winning time was 1:05:56.
A delighted winning trainer Eaton said: “Both jockeys rode their horses perfectly Sand Victor was just a little better today. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to train these two special horses. Victor and Pearl have the best owners to do business with and I have the best team to help prepare these horses to run their best. We also thank Diablo Arabian Association for their great donations and such a nice gift of useful barn merchandise“.
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Sand Victor has won over $151,000 with career stats of 36 starts with 9 wins, 6 seconds, and 5 thirds, but this is his first win of 2018, having finished fifth in the HH Sheikha Fatima Stakes in Santa Anita in April.