On a warm and sunny July day outside of San Francisco, California, SAND VICTOR, bred and owned by Joe and Betty Gillis, surprised fans with the win over Paddys Day in the second leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup (Gr.2) Emerald Jewel under jockey hugo Herrera at the Oak Tree and 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 at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas in March was Paddys Day, owned by Quarter Moon Ranch and trained by Scott Powell. Under Jockey Kelsi Purcell, he 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 sired by Burning Sand. The estimated final time for the 6 furlongs was 1:17.87.
The win brought the lion's share of the $48,000 prize money to SAND VICTOR and the Gillis's. The grey five-year-old horse is sired by Burning Sand and out of Vague De Geme, by Baco Du Casou. He is trained by Terri Eaton. This is the biggest win for the horse, who is undefeated in 2 starts this year and has a lifetime record of 3/20(5-3-3)2-3, $74,460. In 2015, he won the ARC Arabian Stakes and placed second in the same race this year. He did not run in the first Jewel of the series this year.
The final race in the Triple Jewel Series, the Diamond Jewel, will be held on Saturday, September 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course. A potential showdown between Paddys Day who won the overall series last year and SAND VICTOR will likely determine this year's champion and winner of the bonus money for the best finishes in all three races.
Reprint from horsereporter.com, Pamela Burton
In the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) on the same card, it was RB MADYMOISELLE guided skillfully by Austrian jockey Manuela Slamanig that won the $41,000 Ladies race in a time of 1:19.94. Ten 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 strong 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 (Scott Powell) 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 in United Kingdom. She will represent her country in the Ladies Final in Abu Dhabi in November.
RB MADYMOISELLE is by Majd Al Arab out of multiple Darley Champion Frynch, by Dormane. The four-year-old filly is now trained by Scott Powell for owner/breeder Rosebrook Farms LLC. This is the filly's first stakes win, but she did place second in teh Texas Yellow Rose (Gr.2) earlier this year. Her race record currently stands at 2/6(4-1-0)1-1, $37,663.
This race plus the Triple Jewell race both 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.
The race was attended and supported by members of the Festival, the Arabian Racing Cup stewards, Arabian Jockey Club members, and Arabian racing owners, breeders and enthusiasts from around the U.S.
Reprint from horsereporter.com, Pamela Burton
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Arabian Cup Emerald Race, the 2nd race of the three race series, showcased the top horses from across the country. Paddys Day, Our Princess and Sand Victor immediately distanced themselves from the field. They raced closely together until the final stretch when Paddys Day pulled away to win by 4 lengths, followed by Sand Victor and Our Princess. Paddys Day is owned by Quarter Moon Ranch and Jim Schleimer and trained by Scott Powell. Winning time was 1:18.43.
My Vaz is Hot took an early commanding lead in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies/Fillies Race. She remained in the lead until the final stretch when Sand on Fire and One Hot Chick came on strong to pass My Vaz is Hot at the wire for an exciting photo finish. Sand on Fire, owned by Lori Powell and trained by Scott Powell, won by 3/4 length. Winning time was 1:21.42.
The Arabian Racing Cup S., contested at Oak Tree in Pleasanton on June 21, was the first in a series of races the Cup is supporting in 2015. In addition to the $4,000 in sponsorship money that was added to the purse, the Cup presented Breeders Incentive payouts directly to the breeders of the first, second and third place finishers in the Arabian Racing Cup Stakes.
In the $14,000 added race, Sand Victor, owned by breeder Joe and Betty Gillis and trained by Osman Villalta, stalked the pacesetter along the inside, advanced to the front and then drew clear to win by 3 lengths over Ayers in second and Twice Rich in third. Both of these horses were owned by Warren Shelley and trained by his wife Helen Shelley. The final time for the 6 furlongs was a quick 1:19.58.
Also see these sources for historical racing data :
We appreciate all our partners, sponsors and our funders including: