January 30, 2012, Texas~When the announcer signals, “They’re Off!” at the March 31 Dubai Kahayla Classic, there could be at least one US bred horse to be among the group heading out the gate. Long heralded as a Championship match-up, the Dubai Grade 1, $250,000 prize meet brings together some of the Globe’s top Arabian runners. TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand x Queen Kong x Kong) has been nominated to run, and would represent American breeding in the prestigious race that opens the festivities at Meydan on World Cup night.
2011 was a stellar year for the four year old colt. Bred by Todd Moak, TM Fred Texas, owned by Sam Vasquez and trained by Ronald Martino, broke open the bank in his second year of racing on American tracks, racking up total prize money of €71,082.73 /$93,000.00. His eight races produced 5 1sts, 2 2nds, and and one unplaced, (the jockey came off).
His biggest triumph was undoubtedly his June performance at the 1 1/4 mile, Grade 1 $52,500.00 President of the UAE Cup under winning jockey Santos Chavez. At the first Arabian race at Churchill Downs he defeated top US contenders, Ovour the Top and Grilla, and literally ran away from the field, finishing 9 1/4 lengths ahead of number two horse, Dixies Valentine. Two weeks later, the grey colt won the Grade 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup Open Grade 2 at Delaware.
It was only a matter of time before he would come to the attention of the World of Arabian racing.
Eric Moreau-Sipiere of Centurion Stud had been working with Mr. Nasser Al Kaabi from Qatar, who had secured several good race prospects from America. With direction from Mr Al Kaabi, Moreau-Sipiere looked for a special prospect from the United States, the top racer for the year. There was no doubt that TM Fred Texas was the horse that fit the bill. In the fall, TM Fred Texas was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar.
Contacted at home in Texas Moreau-Sipiere said, “For Fred Texas to be sold to such a prominent owner is good for the US breeders. We are happy that the horse will do very well and show more of what US horses can do.”
“Sheikh Joaan is collecting some very good horses,” continued Moreau-Sipiere. “He was high buyer at the French (Arquana 2011 Saint Cloud) Arabian Sale. This buy from a top contender shows confidence in the American program.”
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Within two weeks, TM Fred Texas will be flown to Qatar to compete in the HH the Emir’s Sword Gr1 PA at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club that will go off March 1. In his first Middle East competition, he will face stiff competition for the QR1,000,000/$275,000 prize on the longer distance of 2,400m. (Al Dahma- Amer x Al Hanoof- won the 2011 contest in the time of 2 min 38.99 sec.) The result of the Qatari race might be what moves the nomination for this Texas horse into an invitation for the Dubai meet. “There are 52 horses nominated for the Grade 1, Kahayla Classic,” said Moreau-Sipiere.
This winning pedigree of Fred Texas has generated interest and triggered the independent sale of the TM Fred Texas dam, Queen Kong, who was recently sold to Al Shahania Stud in Qatar. Moreau-Sipiere has just completed the sale of Sahara Croixnoire, dam of Queen Kong, to Mr. Al Kaabi, with the plan to send her to the UAE to be bred to Kong, now standing in the UAE.
1st: 8/7/10 – Maiden Special Weight -Arapahoe Park
1st: 8/15/10- Allowance – Arapahoe Park
4th: 9/11/10 Alec Courtelis Arabian Juvenile Stakes, Grade 3 -Delaware Park
1st: 11/6/10 – Arabian Stallion Stakes – Lone Star Park
1st: 1/28/11- Allowance – Sam Houston Park
1st: 3/4/11- Texas Six Shooter Arabian Stakes, Grade 2 – Sam Houston Park
2nd: 4/9/11- H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Cup Stakes, Grade 3- Sam Houston Park
1st: 6/18/11 – President of United Arab Emirates Cup Stakes, Grade 1 – Churchill Downs
1st: 7/2/11- Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup Open Stakes, Grade 2- Delaware Park
1st: 8/6/11 -Allowance- Arapahoe Park
unplaced: 9/10/11 – Delaware Park, Bob Magness Memorial Arabian Derby, Grade 2- 1 1/4 mile dirt – (rider unseated by another horse’s swerve)
2nd: 11/5/11 – Stakes Delaware Park Arabian Classic, Grade- 1 1/4mile dirt