On a beautiful sunny California Saturday, Reign Supreme CS (Kador De Blaziet x Reign Dance PW by Monarach AH) showed her speed for the 6 Furlong Maiden Special Weight, taking the win from the field of seven with apparent ease. Jockey Marcia Stortz, making her comeback after a 10-year absence from the saddle, seemed at ease as she took advantage of a quick break from the gate to guide the the 3-year-old Texas bred to the front. The filly, owned by the partnership of Forbes-Robinson and Nicola and Jim Schleimer, opened a three length lead driving for home, leaving the favorite, Laurie Lu under Chris Russell, and the challenger, Vaz Djets On under Barrington Harvey, trying to keep up with the pace. Vaz Djets On, trained by Helen Shelley made it home for second, followed by the Diana Skinner trained, Laurie Lu.
“I had so much horse,” said Stortz. “She broke strong and I got in front where I didn’t intend to be, but I had so much horse, she did it easily. This is my sixth or seventh Arabian race and I’m loving it. I rode 10 years ago for one year and won 54 races, and I’ve been back since the middle of June.” The winning time was 1:18:97.
Proud owner, Jim Schleimer said, “I bought this horse from the breeder, Eric Moreau-Sipiere and I brought her to California about three months ago. This is her second race and she kept her head together to win.”
The Wathba Stud Farm Cup races benefit the small Arabian breeder/owner around the world and are an important part of the the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. The Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Tourism Development& Investment Company (TDIC), Invest AD Arabtec Holding PJSC, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Hotel and SPA and Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah.