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*Mefisto de Blaziet wins the Grade III Texas Arabian Derby

September 4, 2004- Retama Park

Even though the chestnut colt *Mefisto de Blaziet was bred and imported from France, we can't exactly say "the French boy came to town to take this win!" *Mefisto de Blaziet calls Texas his home! And look out folks, Eric, Randi and Vanessa Moreau-Sipiere have a barnload of French-breds at their Texas farm with Tidjani written all over them. Tidjani, *Mefisto de Blaziet's sire, is also sire of the popular Ala Croixnoire. But more about that later... let's talk about the exciting race.

Eight colts paraded to the gates for this Grade III challenge. The Texas Arabian Derby is for 4-year-old colts and geldings, and goes 1 1/16 mile. The race paid $25,000, and went off at 7:15 p.m. on September 4 as the 2nd race of the night at Retama Park.

The gelding Grand Vitesse (FMR Grand Jete x Tikis Song by Tiki Sahiber Ku) was a favorite- he'd won 2 of 4 outs this year. Grand Vitesse was coupled with Amazing Kon (Amazing Son x Kontesa by Tiki Lark) a colt with a win under his cinch this year, too. this nice coupled entry is owned by Michelle Youngdale. Tomoka Speed (Ala Croixnoire x Jazzmyne by IA Jazz Singer) was brining a 5(1-2-1-1) for the year into the race and looking good. *Mefisto de Blaziet brought the experience of 2 wins this year so far to the starting gates, and rider Salvador Perez was probably motivated since his mount in the Texas Oaks just minutes prior was the favourite but only gave him a third finish. The bettors were not high on Hey Zuby, Exchange, or MW Warlord (all KA Czubuthan colts) and they were on target with this guess because this wasn't the night for any of those nice colts. Heres the Deal (Sam Tiki x Pans Valentyna by Elimar) was also on his way to the gates. Heres The Deal was named 3-year-old Texas Champion last year, but this evening's Texas Derby was his first start of 2004.

So, they were off! And Grand Vitesse broke on top and set the pace. Heres The Deal and Exchange, coming out of the 5th and 6th holes, got into an awkward situation and Exchange went 3 wide through the first turn and was done. Heres The Deal was taken well back (last) and hovered back there for a while. *Mefisto de Blaziet broke well and tracked the pace right behind Grand Vitesse. Amazing Kon and MW Warlord were going 3 and 4 wide on both the first and second turns, and Hey Zuby raced way off the rail throughout. Those boys running wide were not giving themselves a break in this long race. Heres The Deal was guided into a galliant late move, gaining at the finish, but he was too late to catch the front runners. *Mefisto de Blaziet and Grand Vitesse ran 1-2 the entire race until the last strides when they dueled, and *Mefisto de Blaziet inched by for the win 1 1/4 length ahead of Grand Vitesse. Heres The Deal was moving well and came in third, 1 1/4 length behind Grand Vitesse. Then came Tomka Speed, then Amazing Kon. Hey Zuby and MW Warlord came in about together, and Exchange followed behind. The finish time of the 1 1/8 mile race was 2:00.50.

As mentioned earlier, winner *Mefisto de Blaziet is by the great French racehorse sire Tidjani. (see photo) Tidjani (owned by Les Haras Nationaux, France) has had 27 runners in the 2003-2004 season in the U.A.E. and is currently the 3rd leading sire there. In the U.S. some of his notable get include Ala Croixnoire, and Kador de Blaziet (full brother to our Texas Derby winner, *Mefisto de Blaziet).

Mike Furr trains *Mefisto de Blaziet for the Moreau-Sipieres. Let's hear it for the French Arabians in Texas! Félicitations, pardners!

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