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7th Running of the
Mandolynn Hill Farm Stallion Stakes
$15,000 in each division

What an exciting and successful weekend! The Open House at Mandolynn Hill Farm started off the activity and was fun for everyone. A steady stream of people enjoyed the relaxed afternoon, and it certainly was a becoming endorsement for Mandolynn Hill Farm and Arabian racing. Later in the afternoon, the great turnout of Arabian enthusiasts at Lone Star Park was impressive, with over 200 ticket holders attending the Texas Arabian Breeders Association dinner and night at the races. Michelle and Mickey Morgan, owners of Mandolynn Hill Farm in Aubrey, Texas, sponsored both the $15,000 filly division and the $15,000 colt division of the Mandolynn Hill Farm Stallion Stakes. The fields were highly competitive with delightful bettor support boasting $133,721.90 wagered on the races.

The group at the party tent at Lone Star Park was a wonderfully active, large crowd which reflected well on Arabian racing and TABA. It was inspiring to see seasoned racehorse owners and breeders plus newcomers enjoying the races. Some who were thought to be retired from racing also returned. Everything provided signs of positive growth in Texas Arabian racing.

AF Guenivere, winner of the filly division

At 6:51 Saturday evening, 6 fillies and mares left the gate in the 7 furlong challenge. AF Guenivere was the favorite, a 4-year-old chestnut filly who earlier this year was victorious in the final leg of the Arabian Triple Crown. The pace was led by BJ Zell, and AF Guenivere gamely stalked and overtook her at the upper stretch. AF Guenivere drew clear past BJ Zell by 5 1/2 lengths to take the win. Orangeblsmspecial was best of the rest and ran 3rd, followed closely by FMR Ozark Ekipse- both these mares are recent stakes winners and put on an excellent performance. Amuseme Or Loseme and Drempt It Clearly also ran.

Geronimo HF, winner of the colts/geldings division

Two hours later, the boys left the starting gates in the MHF Stallion Stakes division for colts and geldings. Geronimo HF contested the pace off the rail and edged clear to prove the best in this 7 furlong race. Favoritt, coming off a stakes win just two weeks ago, ran an excellent race but was no match for Geronimo this evening. Nordik Star, the odds-on favorite, ran wide much of the race to grab third place. Royal Opal, Dare to Dream Again, Flim Flam, Insync, and Uninvittedd made up the rest of this very fine field of Arabian colts and geldings.

This was an outstanding day for the Crowell-Ketter-Maldonado team. Greg Ketter is the trainer of winners in both races, and Edwin Maldonado-Alica was the jockey for both. Lonnie Crowell is the owner of both the winners, and also the breeder of AF Guenivere. Lonnie and his wife, Carol, were all smiles in the winners circle, obviously pleased with their winning double-header evening at Lone Star Park. Suzanne and Rick Flammer are the breeders of Geronimo HF, the colt division winner.

Rick and Susanne Flammer, front left, in the winners circle photo. Standing next to Suzanne is Carol Crowell, and beside her is the supreme trainer of the weekend, Greg Ketter. Expert Jockey Edwin Maldonado-Alicia is center, and the grinning Lonnie Crowell is next to him. Michelle Morgan, owner of the sponsor Farm is standing right. Michelle's son, Sean and his wife Misty are behind Michelle t- along with Michelle's beautiful granddaughter Nikki.

Geneza PASB is the dam of both the winners in the MHF Stakes. Geneza PASB, born 1983 at the Michalow State Stud Farm in Poland, is an Oaks and Criterium winner, racing 2 years with 13 outs and 7 wins. She was imported to the U.S. in 1990 by the late Paolo Gucci. Rick and Susanne Flammer purchased Geneza PASB in 1994, and the mare produced four foals for them including Geronimo HF, winner of the MHF Stakes colt division. Lonnie and Carol Crowell bought Geneza PASB and Geronimo HF from the Flammers in 2001. The mare has produced three foals for the Crowells, including AF Guenivere, winner of the MHF Stakes filly division.

The Crowell's have been breeding and racing Arabian horses for 2 decades, continually supporting Arabian racing at tracks all over the U.S.. They breed the finest in old Polish lines and combine them with the best of the "new bloodlines." The Crowell's motive is to insure correct conformation and great dispositions, making top racehorses that double as beautiful family horses even the grandkids can sit on.

This great story was made possible by the sponsor of the race. TABA graciously thanks Dr. Mickey and Michelle Morgan for continuing to put their money and efforts into this sport for the good of the Arabian racing industry. TABA is proud to have them as members and sponsors of the Association.

Mandolynn Hill Farm hosted the open house prior to the races, and generously contributed $5,000.00 into the race purses. Additionally, any winner sired by a Mandolynn Hill Farm stallion was entitled to an additional $1,000.00 bonus. As good luck would have it, the winner of the filly race collected her $1,000 bonus. AF Genevere is a daughter of the stallion KA Czubuthan who stands at Mandolynn Hill Farm. KA Czubuthan is a 21-year-old pure Polish stallion, and has 91 sons and daughters with 90% winners from those that have raced. In his own racing days, KA Czubuthan accumulated three Darley nominations and a record of 64(25-16-3)6-9, $109,152. He held the US track record for 1 1/16 miles for 9 years. Find out more about KA Czubuthan on the web at www.bigredstud.com and more about Mandolynn Hill Farm at www.mandolynn.com or call 940-440-9360.

Edwin Maldonado-Alica, jockey, with owner of both stakes winners, Lonnie Crowell

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