19 October, Grand Prairie, Texas ~ The owner-trainer-jockey team of Guy Neivens, Elizabeth M. Merryman, and Ramon Guce were the shining stars Saturday 18 October at Lone Star Park, winning both divisions of the $20,000 Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes (Gr3).
The favorite, six year-old Valiant Boy SBFAR (Darweesh x Thumb Print by Barour de Cardonne), raced just off the pace, then made a late bid on the backstretch, gained the lead in the second turn, and responded well when set down for the stretch drive, holding off a fast closing RB Rich for the win under strong urging.
Winning jockey Guce said, “There was some thought that I might be boxed in so I got a good position right away. There was no problem and he responded well when I asked. This is one classy horse.“
Aim Hi closed for third. Paddys Day, Sand Champ, Fastandfurious, RB Moose and Mister Edd completed the order of finish.
Final time for the one mile contest was 1:50.07 over a fast main track surface.
With the winner’s share of the purse, Valiant Boy SBFAR increased in bankroll to $316,835. His career record now reads 20-12-3-1.
RB Burn Baby Burn makes a winning team double
It was another win for the team of Neivens, Merryman, and Guce when RB Burn Baby Burn, (TH Richie x Burning Firestar by Big Easy) won the Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes (Gr3), filly & mare division by a length over DC Willeys Song. It was another length and a half to third place finisher, Sand On Fire.
Breezell LSP, Dormanes Fantasy CS, My Vaz Is Hot, Djets Tigress, Fleur Damour and Gogo Dancer CS completed the order of finish.
With the winner’s share of the purse, RB Burn Baby Burn increased her earnings to $90,200. Her career record now reads 15-7-2-3.
Arabian Racing Cup Board Stewards Michelle Morgan and Sam Vasquez joined Denise Gault, Chief Steward of the Arabian Racing Cup, in the winners circle. Denise Gault commented: “These two stakes support the Cup’s mission to promote the breeding and racing of Arabian horses. In addition to the purse money, the Cup program recognizes and rewards the breeder of record of the first, second, and third place finishers of both Stakes with an added payout of $500, $300, and $200 respectively. Heading into the future, we Cup Stewards are looking forward to an exciting 2015.”