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Clearly Classic Clears the Field by 13 Lengths in the Texas Arabian Oaks

(September 4, 2004- Retama Park)

The Texas Arabian Oaks for four-year-old fillies going one mile paid a purse just over $20,000, and the lucky and talented filly that took the winning purse money was Clearly Classic (Pepton x Organtyna, by Probat.) The race went off at 6:45 as the first race of the evening with a field of six, and Clearly Classic was the unmistakable best as she drew away from the others going clear by 13 lengths.

The bettors, however, had picked a different favorite. By the time the horses were in the starting gate, the money was on MW Princess Z (KA Czubuthan x Furno Kiraschka by Mashab). Another "MW" mare (bred by Morris Woods) had won the last filly stake in Texas in July, and MW Princess Z was a more recent winner than Clearly Classic going into the Oaks. Clearly Classic hadn't seen the winner's circle since 2003- she finished last year with a nice 7(1-1-3-1) record, but going into the Oaks she had a record of 3(0-1-2) for 2004.

Nonetheless, the race played out in favour of Clearly Classic by the half as she pressed the pace on the heels of Destinees Star, and then kicked clear, drawing away. That pacesetter, Destinees Star was burned up from the match to the half, and she stopped, then to be eased up by her jockey and walked off the track.

The remainder of the field continued their own race, as they were playing lengths behind the early match. The favourite MW Princess Z was taking charge of this group and making her bid, but she had too much to make up. She faded toward the end barely hanging onto third. Amazing Zelda (Amazing Son x Baskzel by Bask-o-zel) had been lagging at the back off the rail and woke up halfway through the race to gamely overtake the rest of the field for second.

The race finish order was: 1 - Clearly Classic owned by Everetta and Dan Woods; 2 - Amazing Zelda owned by Mandolynn Hill Farm; 3-MW Princess Z owned by Mike Economopoulos; 4- CDB Rowin owned by Gay McFarren; 5- Amuseme Or Loseme owned by Ed Wilson; and 6- Destinees Star owned by Jessica Truby.

Following are pedigrees for some of the other finishers in the race: CDB Rowan is by Ibn Bint Hilyuri out of BPL Roughe by Piechur. Amuseme or Loseme is by Sideways, out of the Samtyr daughter Sams Louisa. Destinees Star is by Sambors Destiny and her dam is Bahia Sheytana by Ambaryz.

The Oaks winner Clearly Classic was ridden by Larry Taylor, and she is trained by Elizabeth Brand. One of her owners, Dan Woods, serves on the board of directors for the Texas Arabian Breeders Association. Clearly Classic, a bay filly bred by Magness Racing Ventures, is rightly named-- a fine example of classic Arabian breeding in the pure Polish tradition.

Clearly Classic is sired by Pepton, a grey stallion foaled in 1977 at Janow State Stud. Pepton is by Bandos (representing the sire line- Ibrahim 1907) and out of Pemba (dam line- Szamrajowka 1815). Pepton is considered a true classic Arabian, a combination of beauty and stamina- his accomplishments of 11 stakes wins including the Produce and Criterium plus his outstanding show record have earned him high regard. He was twice Reserve National Champion Stallion in Poland (1983 and 1984) before he was leased to the US. Upon his return to Poland, he was triumphantly crowned Polish National Champion Stallion in 1989.


Clearly Classic's dam is Organtyna, of the highly valued "O" line which needs no explanation to the racing crowd. Organtyna was imported to the U.S. in 1995, is out of the mare Orgia. Organtyna's sire Probat (by *Bandos) was bred by Blommeröd Stud in Sweden and born in June, 1975 and died in Jan 2003. Not only treasured for his racing blood, Probat get and grandget have made their marks in the show world. Altogether three Probat sons, Garnizon (in 1987), Fawor (in 1990) and Pamir (in 1993) were Polish National Champion Stallion. The Probat son Piruet was his most winning show descendent world wide- twice World Champion and European Champion Stallion, and two Probat daughters Egzotyka (in 1991) and Empressa (in 1998) were named Polish National Champion Mare. Probat's racing genes are probably not necessary to recount to the Arabian Finish Line audience since his contribution to racing through grandsons Dziewierz, Batyskaf, Gepard, Dekor, Druid, Gafal winning the Polish Derby is likely already known. More recently, Probat´s grandsons Gafal won the Polish Derby 2002, and great grandson Gorec won the Polish Derby 2003. Again on Clearly Classic's dam side, true classic Arabians- beauty and speed.

Sparagowski Photos of Probat:

Congratulations to Clearly Classic who won this mile stake in 1:54.11, and congratulations to all her fans and fans of Polish Arabian racehorse breeding!

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