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 Stories by Martha Claussen, Sam Houston Race Park 

 Sam Houston Race Park hosted two prestigious Arabian stakes on Saturday, March 7, the $45,000 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup – Amethyst Jewel G1 and $38,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup, both at a distance of seven furlongs.

Burning Fleet Front Running Victor in the $45,000, Grade 1
HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup

A talented group of eleven colts and geldings showed their mettle in the Grade 1, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup. Betty and Joseph Gillis's homebred Burning Fleet won in gate-to-wire fashion under jockey Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, covering seven furlongs in 1.33.11.

Trainer Jerenesto Torrez conditions the 5-year-old son of Burning Sand, who won the Texas Arabian Derby at Retama Park on November 14 by 20 lengths. This was his fifth win from 14 starts, and he did it with confidence.

“This horse needs to go to the lead,” said Torrez. “When he gets in front, he does his best running.”


Burning Fleet returned $11.40 for the win. Paddys Day, winner of the Grade 2, $30,000 Texas Six Shooter two weeks ago, was a game second for Quarter Moon Ranch LLC. Jockey Kelsi Purcell had the call aboard the 4-year-old Burning Sand colt, who has won three of his last four starts.  Quick and Rich was third under Paul Nolan followed by Our Princess. Valiant Boy SbFar was scratched as two flights were cancelled due to winter storms and the 7-year-old French-bred stallion never made it to Houston.

Sand on Fire Springs the Upset in the $38,500
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR World Championship



A field of nine Arabian fillies competed in the $38,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR Cup. The race featured all female jockeys for the fourth year in a row.  It was British rider, Rebecca Smith, who guided Sand on Fire to victory, coming off the pace to hand All N All her first defeat.  The 6-year-old daughter of Burning Sand is owned and bred by Jane Teutsch andtrained by Scott Powell.  She was making her 29th career start, with tonight’s victory the 6th lifetime win.


“Sand on Fire did great,” said Powell. “We knew she would be tough. It was the luck of the draw with the riders, but Rebecca did exactly what she needed to do.”


“She was a little slow out of the gate,” said Smith. “The trainer told me to keep hustling and she would run on for me. We had a lovely line and she was fantastic!”


Cre Enterprises LLC's All N All returned off a gate to wire score in the Grade 2, $30,000 Texas Yellow Rose on February 21. The 4-year-old Dahess filly was saddled by trainer Lynn Ashby, with a hand from Texas trainer Glen Rottweiler.  Theygave a leg up to Hungarian rider Alexandra Bihari. Sand on Fire, sent off at odds of 17-1, paid $36.60 for the win, covering seven furlongs in 1.34.93. All N All ran second and Throughleap from the barn of Jerenesto Torrez, ran third, followed by RB Frynch Broad.

ALL IN ALL holds off RB Frynch Broad in the Grade 2 Texas Yellow Rose Stake

by Stephanie Corum, Arabian Finish Line Magazine

February 21, 2014 - Sam Houston Race Park - The 3rd race of the evening was the Grade 2 Texas Yellow Rose for 4 Year Old Purebred Arabian Fillies. The 7 furlong challenge paid a prize of $29,350 and was barely won by ALL N ALL. She led the entire race and then held on to win by a neck over RB Frynch Broad.


The exhilarating victory was no doubt just as exciting for the jockey as for the fans. Enjoy the replay on the Sam Houston Race Park website and watch jockey Kirsten Swan's reaction coming back to the winners circle.


ALL N ALL has just started her race career, and will be one to watch shine as a four year old. She has only started two races in her lifetime and won both- this time against absolute top competition in her age group. Bred and owned by Alan Kirshner and Deborah Mihaloff of Cre Run Farm, ALL N ALL is trained by Lynn Ashby.


Second place finisher RB Frynch Broad was one of the top 3 year old fillies in the nation last year, and is currently nominated for a Darley Award. RB Frynch Broad is by Madjani, and is owned and bred by Rosebrook Farm, trained by Jerenesto Torrez and ridden by Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez. Following for third was another Rosebrook bred filly, RB Rich Kin. RB Rich Kin is a TH Richie daughter owned by Derick Vaughn, trained by Nathan D. Hatcher and her jockey was Ivan Arrellano.


Only a nose behind finishing fourth was Throughleap, a Henningsgard filly bred by Mark Ashby. The rest of the field came in a gathered finish, Sandicheeks, RB Djudge Djudy and Dormanes Fantasy CS. Time of the race was 1:35.96.



Bay Filly, foaled May 14, 2011


Jockey: Kirsten Swan

Trainer: Lynn A. Ashby

Owner: Cre Run Enterprises LLC



Field of Finishers in order: All N All, RB Frynch Broad, RB Rich Kin, Throughleap, Sandicheeks, RB Djudge Djudy, Dormanes Fantasy CS

PADDYS DAY Makes a Statement in the 2015 Grade 2 Texas Six Shooter Stake

by Stephanie Corum, Arabian Finish Line Magazine

February 21, 2015- Sam Houston Race Park - PADDYS DAY was out to prove a point and emerged victorious in the $27,750 Texas Six Shooter for Colts and Geldings, the second Grade 2 event of the evening for purebred Arabians.


This race sets the stage for quite an entertaining rivalry for 2015- a rivalry, in fact, that started before the race began. Many of last year's top 3 year olds came together again to match their skills in this first big stakes challenge of 2015.

PADDYS DAY dueled for the lead with Darley Nominee Lazur Hess, and moving into the final turn he came in towards the rail, causing jockey Jacob Radosevich to check his mount. PADDYS DAY, ridden by jockey Kelsi Purcell, was kept in a drive to the end and went clear by 8 lengths. A stewards inquiry was held concerning the stretch run, but no action was taken. The final time for the 7 furlongs was 1:33.67.

PADDYS DAY is a bay colt by Burning Sand, out of AK Loretta, by Virgule Al Maury. He was bred by Jane Teutsch, and is owned and trained by Scott Powell of Quarter Moon Ranch. PADDYS DAY finished out the 2014 year as the number 4 3-year-old colt by earnings in the USA, and his record now stands at 4 wins from 5 lifetime races. This is his first graded stakes win.

Capturing the early lead and in front until the final turn, Lazur Hess was steadied but recovered to make a bid again and held onto second place. Lazur Hess, a grey colt by Dahess out of Rzoe Lute, by Makzan, is trained by Lynn Ashby and owned/bred by Mark Ashby.

Coming third was Es Mi Cielo, a lovely grey colt by Burning Sand out of Heaven Kan Wait, by Virgule Al Maury owned and bred by Sam Vasquez and trained by Renee Lafleur.  The rest of the finishers in order were RB So Rich, Sand Victor, and MY Thunder Bolt.

Bay Colt foaled March 17, 2011
Jockey: Kelsi Purcell
Trainer: Scott Powell
Owner: Quarter Moon Ranch LLC


Field of Finishers in order: Paddys Day, Lazur Hess, Es Mi Cielo, RB So Rich, Sand Victor, MY Thunder Bolt