13 November 2015 Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas ~ Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) is expanding its Arabian racing support around the world. On 13 November 2015 DIAR sponsored four Arabian Stakes Races while enjoying Texas hospitality at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. This new series of races is being held in the US for the first time and Shadwell was the major sponsor on this occasion. DIAR and Shadwell share the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
PRIZE MONEY to 10th Place
In these races, prize money was awarded to tenth place with 60% to the owner of the winner, 20% second, 10% third, 6% fourth, 4% 5th, 6-10 $750 each.
Easter Man won the DIAR Texas Lone Star Futurity for colts and geldings three yrs+ to take home 60% of the $20,000 prize money in the 6 Furlong (1200m) contest.
Easter Man (Burning Sand x Angel Proof) with Ivan Arellano up settled well on the inside then made his bid at the top of the stretch giving Uptown Dannys Boy a run in that could not be stopped.
3. RB Madjyk Man, 4. Jess Is On Fire, 5. RB Goliath.
Win Time: 1:18:15. Easter Man is trained by Jerenesto Torrez and owned by Betty and Joe Gillis
The fifth race on the card featured the Dubai International Arabian Races Texas Open Arabian Stakes three Yrs + with prize money of $30,000 awarded to tenth place with 60% to the winner.
Thess Is Awesome (Dahess x In Awe by Monarch AH) proved himself awesome indeed on the 1 1/16 mile (1700m) dirt track.
The Dahess son had Travis Wales up, fresh from his Abu Dhabi ride on So Big Is Better on 8 November. This was the first 2015 win for the five-year-old for delighted owners Alan Kirshner and Deborah Mihaloff of Cre-Run Farm.
2. Sand Victor, 3. RB Brilliant, 4. Chndakasexpress, 5.Sand On Fire, 6. Hesster, 7.Ayers
Win Time: 1:56:86
Thess Is Awesome is trained by Lynn Ashby and bred and owned by Ce Run Enterprises.
Jewell AA under took the lead home to win the www.shadwellarabian.co.uk 6 F Stakes (1200m), Texas Lone Star Futurity. Prize Money $20,000.
New to Jewell AA jockey, Abel Romo Molina, urged the filly on in the stretch and she responded to lead home second place Lady HaHa. This promising Burning Sand three yr- old is trained by Jerenesto Torrez and owned by Betty and Joe Gillis. This win makes 3 wins for 5 starts in 2015 and she has never been out of the money.
3. Pams Masquerade, 4. RB Big N Rich, 5. Brets Philly, 6. Ozark Kaolena SWA, 7. WMA Kentucky Tiki. Win time: 1:19:60.
In the final DIAR race, the $30,000 Arabian Fillies and Mares, Shadwell Arabian Stallions Texas Distaff Stakes it was DC Willeys Song in the winning circle for the one mile (1600m) race.
Making it two wins for the evening for regular jockey Travis Wales, DC Willeys Song settled well off the pace and found her stride by the far turn. The mare’s steady run in the stretch proved too much for Dhaan, overtaken in the last strides.
DC Willeys Song (Doran SBFAR x Wibwilcca) is trained by Ken Danyluk and owned by Jon & Krista Henningsgard. This win makes her 2015 record 4 wins in 8 starts.
2. Dhaan, 3.Dream Pearl, 4. Ms Dixie, 5.My Vaz Is Hot, 6.Royal Richess, 7. Miss Paradise, 8. Extra Hope, 9. Sandicheeks
The event was attended by Shadwell Chairman and guest of honour, Mr Mirza Al Sayegh, Shadwell Thoroughbred Director, Richard Lancaster and Shadwell Farm Director Rick Nichols from Kentucky. In addition, members of the DIAR committee Mr Masoud Saleh, Mr Abdullah Al Ansari and Mr Mohammed Taha from Al Adiyat Magazine.
The US was represented by Denise Gault, Arabian Racing Cup Chief Steward and Shadwell Arabian Stallions representative (USA), Kathy Smoke, Arabian Jockey Club President and Ed Wilson, Texas Arabian Breeders Association President. The Mayor of Grand Prairie, Ron Jensen and his wife Rebecca were also welcomed to Lone Star Park by the General Manager, Scott Wells, who entertained the group with his own cowboy poetry.
Arabian owners and enthusiasts came from Delaware, Maryland, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, Utah, and farther points to enjoy great racing and dinner.
On Saturday 14th November, guests and visitors were welcomed to a stallion and young horse presentation at Mandolynn Hill Farm in nearby Aubrey, Texas. Shadwell stands two stallions at the Texas farm, KAOLINO and CHNDAKA. Guests were welcomed to the breeding farm by owners Dr. Mickey and Michelle Morgan and the BBQ brisket, cowboy beans and sides accompanied by a western guitarist ensured an authentic western experience.
The DIAR races, in association with Shadwell Stud (UK) and under the guidance of Dubai’s HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a goal to put in place a program of Arabian racing across the world. This new initiative from the Dubai International Arabian Races aims to develop the sport in countries where it is its infancy as well as continuing to support events in areas such as the UK and France where it is better established.
Texas was the last DIAR race of the 2015 series. The 2016 DIAR race programme is still under review but following the success of this initial visit, it is likely that the US will secure a place in the fixture list going forward.
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