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2003 Independence Sprints, Colt and Filly Divisions

As expected, the Texas Independence Sprints at Retama Park in San Antonio were exciting as ever. Seven entered for the filly race, and the challenge for colts/geldings had eight contenders. These six furlong races are written especially for Accredited Texas-bred (ATB) runners, with low fees- $0 to nominate, $100 to enter, $100 to start.

Exclusive stakes races are not the only perk for ATB participants. Runners win extra money when they come in first, second or third in any other race. Additionally, the sire and the dam owners of these horses are paid cash awards.

Texas has hosted four races in 2003 especially for Accredited Texas Bred (ATB) horses. These races do not have outside sponsors. Added money comes from the Accredited Texas Bred Arabian Stakes Fund, from the Texas Arabian Breeders Association, and from the racetracks where the races are held.

Owners and horses from inside and outside the state of Texas widely participate in the program. It is such a successful program because award monies for participants do not come from the pockets of the owners themselves. Award funds are obtained from wagered money at the tracks, so your nomination fees are incredibly low and paybacks exceptional. Top ATB participant last year, Michelle Morgan, was paid over $16,000. She states, “I have been paid over and over for my initial investment... anyone who is not taking advantage of this program is missing the boat.”

If you do not have your horses accredited with the ATB program, DO IT NOW. Your participation is vital to the continued success of the program, and the rewards for you can be very great. The investment is very inexpensive-

less than the cost of shoeing one racehorse one time and your broodmare can be accredited for life- only $50. For only $35, your weanling is nominated as an ATB runner for life. You CAN accredit out-of-state bred horses.

Call TABA President Ed Wilson today about accrediting your horses. 972-564-9430. Or email: info@texasarabianbreeders.com.


MW Scarlet Lady finds the Winners Circle in the Independence Sprint, Filly Division

June 22, 2003 - Retama Park, San Antonio, Texas

MW Scarlet Lady found the winners circle in the $10,400 Independence Sprint for Fillies/Mares, but only after a disqualification of Banders Naomi Ku, who is running in Texas after being in Delaware earlier this year. Banders won two of five in 2002. Banders Naomi Ku battled (oh yes, in many senses of the word!) with MW Scarlet Lady in the stretch. Banders Naomi Ku beat Scarlet Lady to the wire but was not able to take the victory.

MW Scarlet Lady had chased the early pace set by Basalisk Okba who was racing off the rail. Baskalisk Okba had just won an open allowance race last month and was looking good but began to weaken. MW Scarlett Lady vied between horses. She made it an all out duel in the stretch with Banders Naomi Ku.

Banders Naomi Ku ducked out suddenly during the duel and knocked MW Scarlet Lady off stride. A steward's inquiry was held that put MW Scarlet Lady first, taking down Banders Naomi Ku to second for interference. MW Scarlet Lady's jockey, D.A. Panas, had lodged a claim of foul against the winner.

Conni O finished third after having a bobbled start. She had made a four wide rally on the turn gaining ground to finish well. Connie O won this race last year. Baskalisk Okba, the early pace setter, hung on for fourth.

Bazu, who just broke her maiden on May 2nd at Retama Park in a 6 furlong race failed to menace in this race and came in fifth. Cashmira SWA, who just broke her maiden on

June 1, was outrun along with Miss Philly. Miss Philly, just recovered from an illness, was obviously not herself this race.

Miss Philly, had found victory in the Cedar Creek Plantation Distaff (see page 4) and ranked as the number 4 filly in the country as of May. Her owner and trainer team, Sam Vasquez and Mike Furr, took a double whammy of disappointment since Miss Philly was coupled with their disqualified Banders Naomi Ku.

Although she found the win this time through a disqualification, MW Scarlet Lady is not a stranger to the stakes winners circle. MW Scarlett Lady showed her class when she won the $20,000 Texas Rose last year. The

Independence Sprint was Scarlet Lady's first out this year- what a way to get started again!

Hearty congratulations go out to her owner Mike Economopolous.

MW Scarlet Lady's record now stands at 17(4-2-4)2-4. This five-year-old chestnut mare is trained by Jernesto Torrez. MW Scarlet Lady was bred by Morris Woods in Texas. She is by KA Czubuthan out of Scarlet O Sara, by Tiki Sahiber Ku. MW Scarlet Lady was the Texas Accredited Champion 4-Year-Old filly in 2002.


Ontario Is One to Watch! Independence Sprint,Colts/Geldings Division Winner

June 22, 2003 - Retama Park, San Antonio, Texas

In the Independence Sprint for Colts/Geldings, a $10,600 race, the winning time was 1:20.27. The win was achieved by Ontario, a Monarch AH colt out of HF Orzonna by Pepton. Ontario, who was bred by Susanne and Rick Flammer

in Texas, is owned by Todd Moak. This winner was ridden by D.A. Panas and trained by Jernesto Torrez, the same jockey/trainer team with MW Scarlet Lady in the filly division of the Independence Sprints. Oraccle ran second, I Am Amazing ran third, and Amazing Games ran fourth missing third by a neck in this thrilling race.

Ontario had broken his maiden in Texas at Sam Houston Race Park on March 27. That was his first out! The horse who turned out to be his biggest competition in this Sprint had a little more experience under his cinch.

Oraccle (who happens to be Ontario's maternal brother) won an allowance race March 23 and had three other starts this year, two of which he ran third. Last year, Oraccle won one of five starts and took three thirds. Oraccle's experience showed as he calmly settled off the pace to make an ever gaining run for it at the stretch.

I Am Amazing was an exciting but perhaps predictable contender. He was first out of the gates, dueled for the lead and then drew off on the turn. This colt had just broken his maiden May 4 in a wire to wire victory, and then won again on June 7th. But I Am Amazing started to weaken in late stretch.

Ontario had been hustled along the inside and steadied at the 3/8 pole losing ground, and now he rallied for a driving finish. Oraccle who was now settled near the front rallied three wide. At the same time, Amazing Games, who was a 2001 and 2002 Texas Champion and winner of last year's TC Tomtyr Stakes, made a mild rally going 4 wide in the stretch. But it was Ontario for first, Oraccle for second, I Am Amazing for third, and Amazing Games for fourth.

Other runners in the field showed some interest, with Amazing Proof and Tiki Bander both active early in the race but tiring. They did help motivate a fast race with nice fractions. Kalmar and TT Nordic ran evenly. The order of finish for these in the field was Kalmar, TT Nordic, and then the early speeders, Amazing Proof and Tiki Bander.

Great crowd-pleasing Arabian racing action once again- our Independence Sprints are always fun.

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TABA - Texas Arabian Breeders Association
P.O. Box 215.  Forney, Texas 75126
972-564-9430. Fax 972-552-3613