June 25 – Pleasanton
July 17 – Sacramento
July 30 – Santa Rosa
September 16 – Fairplex, Pomona
October 8 – Fresno
Five dates in California will include Arabian races under the Wathba Stud Farm Cup Series. The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is promoting the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series, first introduced in the UAE and directed at encouraging small owners and stables to complete their level.
After its initial success, the venue was expanded to include the Netherlands and was so well received that it now runs nine races with additions in California, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, and the United Kingdom for a total a 21 race series for 2011. Small owners and breeders have welcomed this initiative and purebred Arabian racing around the world has now received a huge boost at the grass roots level.