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Miss Philly Adds the Texas Arabian Oaks to Her Building Stakes Record

(September 6, 2003 - Retama Park, San Antonio, Texas) It is a race like the one mile $14,950 Texas Arabian Oaks with its stunning victory by Miss Philly, that it's good to be a multi-racehorse owner like Sam Vasquez. It is also good to be the trainer of Sam Vasquez's horses as Mike Furr can attest. Not only was it the Vasquez/Furr team's chestnut filly that hit the wire first, but also its bay filly, Banders Naomi Ku, who closed from off the pace just 2 ½ lengths behind for second.

Of all the 6 fillies in the field, Basalisk Okba heralded the most outs and wins with a record of 2/16 (4-1) and $16,159 in earnings. No stranger to tough competition, it was the Mandolynn Hill Farm-owned filly that leaped from her 6th place post-position to the lead. By the quarter pole, the Okba-sired filly was forced to drop to the second place by the Haffir El Rimal filly, Shippey Lane.

Shippey Lane and Basalisk Okba dueled back and forth for the first and second positions for ¾ mile, while Miss Philly and Banders Naomi Ku lay back in third and fourth. It was in the stretch that the prevailing fillies were asked by their respective jockeys to make their move. Salvador Perez on Miss Philly swung three wide to draw off driving to the first-place finish in a time of 1:56.59. Larry Taylor, atop Banders Naomi Ku, rallied three wide to gain command finishing 5 ¾ lengths ahead of the rest to show. Miss Philly now adds a second stakes win building her record to 2/11 (3-1)2 $29,345. Miss Philly was bred by Mandolynn Hill Farm. She is by Virgule Al Maury out of Eld Sareesa by Sambor.

As game a race as Shippey Lane and Basalisk Okba had run, they were forced to accept third and fourth respectively. Mygirle and Alegance SFF also ran.

The Spirit of the Arabian was the theme for the night for the well-attended dinner and successful silent auction sponsored by TABA and the Alamo Arabian Horse Club of San Antonio. As exciting as this first stakes race of two scheduled that evening became, all the action for fans and another multi-racehorse owner was not over yet. The Texas Arabian Oaks was only the fifth race on the card; the Texas Arabian Derby was the eighth.

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