July 2, Delaware, USA~ Santos Chavez rode TM Fred Texas to a brilliant win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 2) race held at the Delaware Park race course on Saturday evening.
Chavez brought the 4-year-old son of Burning Sand to the front with about two furlongs to go and arch rival Grilla ridden by Ricardo Chiappe could do little and had to settle for second.
Dixies Valentine finished third while Ovour The Top was fourth as eight runners fought in the US $40,000 race run over 1700 metres.
Sam Vasquez, the proud owner of TM Fred Texas said, “It is a great win by Fred Texas and this was one of the best fields in the US. I am happy that he has won for the second time in two weeks and with a Group 1 win followed by a Group 2 win is simply great.”
Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy and Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival along with other officials from the UAE Embassy, Salem Al Shamsi and Abdulrahman Ahmad Al Jaber gave away the trophies to the winning owner, trainer and jockey.
It was a double for jockey Santos Chavez as he had earlier won on Golden Odessy in the Dr. Sam Harrison Juvenile Arabian Filly Stakes.
“TM Fred Texas is a champion horse and can run any distance which he proved today,” said Chavez.
Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy praised the aim and achievement of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in the US. “This is the second race in the US after the Houston event and the Sheikh Zayed Cup reflects the UAE’s determination to spread Arabian racing all over the world. I thank HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for his support to Arabian racing in the US.”
Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said, “Officials here have conveyed that the interest in Arabian racing is high among the fans and with a large holiday crowd here the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup was a huge success.”
“Some of the top Arabian horses ran in the race and it was a very good finish with many keenly following the action,” she added.
Later a draw was held after the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 2) race Daisy Pabon was the lucky winner of an all-paid trip for two to visit the 2011 Abu Dhabi International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition in Abu Dhabi in September.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) with support from Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, La Sirene, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.