15 0ctober, 2020, Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas ~ The six furlong maiden special weight was won by the 3-year-old Sand Canyon JS, breaking his maiden on his first run in Texas, and fourth overall race, on 10 October.
Coming from the two box, Sand Canyon JS, under jockey Victor Urieta Sr., quickly took a place on the rail and was briefly challenged by Gouduriske Al Baraka that soon tired. As the field straightened out, Sand Canyon JS was never worried, strengthening his lead over Highh Sticking in the final strides to win the 6 furlong race in 1:22:29. High Sticking finished second by 1 1/2 lengths, then Golly Shez Hot, and fourth was the French-bred, Gouduriske Al Baraka.
The winning Burning Sand colt is out of Reign Supreme CS by Kador De Blaziet. The winning trainer is Terri Eaton from California, and her Texas team, Glenn and Rochelle Rottweiler for owners Nicki Forbes-Robibnson, James Schleimer and partner Pleasanton Arabian Racing Club.
Niki-Forbes-Robinson said: “Although we bred all three of our current runners, we are not in racing to be breeders. We are racers and our enjoyment is watching our horses run and, hopefully, win. It’s been especially fun this year partnering on two horses with PARC, a club of Arabian horse owners and fans. So far this year has been exceptional for us and we look forward to another great year in 2021.
Forbes-Robinson continued: “Terri Eaton foaled all three and raised them at her Escalon, California, ranch and we have complete faith in her for training and jockey instructions. She is working closely with Glenn for the Texas races.
Terri Eaton said: “Sand Canyon is starting to mature. Gelding him has helped put his mind on racing, and adding blinkers focused him more forward. Glen and Rochelle have done a great job in doing what I think best for the horses. They are both good horsemen and I trust them completely.”