RB Madymoiselle with jockey Manuela Slamanig win the H H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race
2 July 2016, Pleasanton, California ~ In a warm and sunny day outside of San Francisco, California, Sand Victor surprised fans with the win in the second leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup (Gr II) Emerald Jewel under jockey Hugo Herrera at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton race track.
“I thought those other horses would be very tough, but my horse ran strong and we had a good position and did not get into trouble,” said Herrera after the race.
The favorite and winner of the first leg of the series in March, Paddys Day, did not take up the challenge in time and Sand Victor moved forward in the stretch, preventing any end run developing from Paddys Day, the second to finish. Third in was Uptown Dannys Boy, and fourth was Easter Man. All of the four top-placed horses were by Burning Sand.
The win brought the lions share of the $48,000 prize money to Sand Victor owners Betty and Jo Gillis. The winning five-yr-old is by Burning Sand out of Vague De Gemme and is trained by Terri Eaton. The estimated win time was 1:17.87.
In the H H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) it was RB Madymoiselle guided skillfully by jockey Manuela Slamanig that won the $41,000 Ladies race in a time of 1:19.94. Ten amateur lady jockeys lined up for this race, the eleventh in the series that will culminate with the winners competing against each other for the Grand Championship in Abu Dhabi in November 2016.
Nicely placed on the inside, Slamanig urged her mount forward in the stretch and the filly responded with a nice run, leaving second place to Dream Pearl under jockey Fatma Al Manji and third place to One Hot Chick under Eve Herresthal.
Slamanig said, “I followed the trainer’s advice and the filly jumped out very well and ended traveling in the top three. When I asked her she responded. She did a great job and she’s lovely.” Slamanig is a pupil assistant trainer and race horse veterinarian working out of the Newmarket Race track.
RB Mademoiselle is by Majd Al Arab out of Frynch. The four-yr-old filly is trained by Scott Powell for Rosebrook Farms LLC.
Both races were run under the banner of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, the sponsor and support of many Arabian races in the United States.