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Lone Star Futurities 2004

Delphine wins the Filly Division

and TH Richie takes the Boys Race

On Saturday December 11, 2004, under a beautiful clear star filled night , a group of roughly 80 Arabian Racing Fans, enjoy the 2004 Texas Arabian Futurities at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas.

The Futurities are stakes races that characteristically begin the racing careers of countless three year old Arabian athletes. Several of these horses will go on to stellar race careers, setting new track records, some racing for several years and accruing earnings comparable to a corporate officer.

These horses will become the next generation of Race Champions and contenders in the “Oaks” and “Derby”.

The “Oaks” and the “Derby” held around the nation at various race meets , are stakes races exclusively for four year old Arabians. The Oaks is open to fillies and the Derby is open to colts and geldings. Unlike other racing breeds, who begin the horse’s racing career in the two year old year, Arabians begin to race as three year olds- many starting just as the calendar rolls over on January 1, beginning the four year old birth date.

The evening dinner event was held in the festive Jockey Club at Sam Houston Race Park, and was hosted by the Texas Arabian Breeders Association. The event provides an opportunity for a year end, holiday gathering to celebrate camaraderie amongst the Arabian Racing community in Texas and watch this key competition.

Phil Saxer of Wilmington, Delaware, one of the leading Arabian Trainers in the country and his head groom, Lalo came in with their big chestnut colt. Trainer, Bobby McAlister of Maryland, shipped in Delphine, for owner Guy Neivens of England.

Saxer and McAlister, have brought their racing stables to Texas for the winter, including their 2004 Cup Champions. These seasoned three year old Arabians, proved much the best in the field of quality youngsters. Delphine a bay filly bred by Shaikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed, by Calin De Louve and out of , Morning Starr V by Desperado V was the winner of the girls race and TH Richie proved his stamina and speed by winning the colts event.

Along with a dozen training barns stable at Retama Park in San Antonio for the winter these trainers and horses will be back at Sam Houston Race Park, April 2, 2005 for the running of the $50,000 four year old Arabian Stakes Races. These Stakes will be held for the first time in Houston, Texas and will be part of a 2005 Triple Crown Series. This contest promises $100,000.00 bonus to the winners of a designated series of races for four year old Arabians.

The Texas partnership of Dan Spears and Paul Zeck had exciting moments in the boys race, as their runner, Nordik Star, made his move pass the field to catch leader, TH Richie. Running late, Nordik Star passed the field and at the turn pulled along side TH Richie. They battled, neck to neck down the stretch, before the three year old, Diane Waldron bred colt, TH Richie, found another gear and pulled away to set a new track record for 6 furlongs of 1:18.13 previously held by Seyvilla Proof.

Nordik Star, a Tomancie Colt out of a Wiking Daughter, was bred by Town and Country and purchased by the partnership in the 2004 TABA Spring Sale in April in San Antonio, Texas. The 2005 Texas Arabian Breeders Association Sale will again be held Saturday,. April 2, at Retama Park. TABA encourages owners, trainers, and people interested in an athletic Arabian~ for any event ~to sign up for the list of consignments. ( www.texasarabianbreeders.com )

There were several owners who traveled from out of state to attend this event. Mr. Jim Morris of Virginia, enjoyed the evening and his good looking chestnut filly, Queen Kong, turned a few heads in the saddling Paddock, before coming in second. Queen Kong, sprinted clear in the girls race to dictate terms, but was collared outside the furlong marker by Delphine and proved no match for the winner although clear ahead of the rest of the field for 2nd place. Jim Morris is training with Ernesto Torrez, a leading trainer of Thoroughbreds and Arabians, in Texas.

Dan and Evertta Woods introduced their guests, Dick and Christina Reed of Aubrey, Texas. The Reeds are well know Polish Arabian breeders who have recently returned from England, where they ran Arabians at the race track in Poland.

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