June 23, 2012, Pleasanton, California ~The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Grade III, run Saturday at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California, was another successful page in the book of owner/trainer Helen Shelley and for Burning Sand babies. Her first and second wins with Sand De Wind followed by Qjuick Sand PW took two large pieces out of the $20,000 prize money. The internationally supported race, part of a series sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, will come back to this venue next season with a $30,000 Grade race and a Ladies’ Championship, the HH Sheikh Fatima Bint Mubarak Championship, with prize money of $25,000.
Saturday’s 1st California running of the international stake HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (G3) was supported by members of the Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC), the Arabian Racing Cup (ARC) and the Arabian Jockey Club (AJC) and attended by members of the Board of the host organization, Arabian Racing Association of California, including Chairperson Susan Willis of Los Angeles. Also in attendance was Chief Steward of the Arabian Racing Cup, Dr Ted Wright, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and fellow board members Denise Gault of California, Sue Meyer of North Carolina, and Michelle Morgan of Texas. The Arabian Jockey Club was represented by Kathy Smoke of Michigan, President of the national organization, based in Denver, Colorado.
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The Diablo Arabian Horse Association (DAHA), with President, Cory Soltau, arrived with over 40 members and guests and supplied the Arabian riders who thrilled onlookers with a fast gallop down the track showing off their flowing costumes and flying hoofs. Thanks to Evelyn Call and Dorothy Burt who were responsible for coordinating the costumed riders. The DAHA supports Arabian racing by sponsoring a race every year.
Other ARAC Board Members present were Joe Willis, Cindy Scharli, Helen Shelley, Sam Vasquez and Jim Schleimer.The big race had help and support from trainer, Sandy Torok, Katherine Barbeau, owner, Mei Davis, breed rep and Dee Collins.
Horses entered were thanks to owners from California and Texas.
Arabian owners are joining forces with other racing groups as the California Workmans’ Comp insurance is endangering racing in California.