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ARAF Jewels of the East

Diamond Derby and Sapphire Sprint

photo credit Jack Coady: Dixies Delight wins the Sapphire Sprint.

2005 Jewels of the East Futurity Results

The $50,000 Diamond Derby for 4-year-old colts/geldings and the $50,000 Sapphire Sprint for 4-year-old fillies ran at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas on Saturday night, April 2.

Sapphire Sprint

In the filly race, Dixies Delight was ridden to 5 1/4 length victory by Quincy Hamilton, followed by Blyth Milady Rose who bested the rest of the 8 filly field by 11 lengths.

Dixies Delight was rated just behind the leaders early in the race. Keen Sweep, Splendidd, Viva La Wiking and Esprit SBFAR were nearly 4 abreast at the 1/4 dueling for the lead. Blyth Milady Rose dueled at the rail and edged clear to take the lead at the half. Dixies Delight saved ground on the turn, came off the rail and rallied at the top of the stretch- she closed fast to take the lead passing the furlong marker and then drew clear under steady handling.

Second place finisher Blyth Milady Rose, a bay filly owned by Blythswood Farm, is sired by Monarch AH and out of Napitoks Malaga by *Napitok. She was one for one this year coming into the Sapphire Sprint, and earned $11,000 for her effort bringing the lifetime earnings for this 4 year old filly to $24,832.

Dixies Delight is bred, owned and trained by Bill Waldron of Florida. She's a bay filly sired by Sam Tiki, and out of the mare Dixie Darlene by Wiking. Dixies Delight won the 7 furlong stake in 1:34.09. This win brings her lifetime earnings to $48,366 she has accomplished in 9 starts.

Notes and Quotes from the $50,000 Sapphire Sprint

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK (Saturday, April 2, 2005) Press Release from Sam Houston Race Park, Contact: Martha Claussen (281) 807-8771

Dixies Delight, owned and trained by Bill Waldron of Brooksville, Florida, closed gamely under Sam Houston Race Park leading rider, Quincy Hamilton to capture the $50,000 Sapphire Sprint. The 4-year-old daughter of Sam Tiki drew off to a five length win, completing seven furlongs over a fast track in a time of 1:34.07.

Comments from winning jockey, Quincy Hamilton:

"I would really like to say that I am blessed. She was a really nice filly; all I had to do was hang on. It was the first Arabian race I've ever won and actually, it was my first graded stakes win. I was a little concerned about how much horse I had going around the turn, but she stayed very relaxed. I called on her and she was definitely there."

Comments from owner/trainer Bill Waldron:

"There was a whole lot of hard training involved (following her six-month layoff). I think she loved the Sam Houston Race Park surface and I loved it. It was great. I think Quincy is a wonderful jockey; I'd like to take him with me."

Comments from Daniel Boudreau, second place finisher aboard Blyth Milady Rose:

"I'm very happy with the ride tonight. She ran her best, but the best horse just caught her at the end."

Comments from Phil Saxer, Jr., trainer of third place finisher, Esprit Sbfar:

"Well, the race didn't shape up like we would have wanted, but you have to ride these Arabians the way the race comes up. They tried and that is all I can ask of them. I just want them to make the course and come back sound so we can do it again. I knew the winner was going to be tough to beat and she went out and proved it."

Diamond Derby

In the Diamond Derby, the phenomenal colt TH Richie took the lead at the half and drew clear in upper stretch. He won the 7 furlong stake in a driving finish, hitting the wire in 1:32.52. His expert jockey, Oliver Castillo, has guided TH Richie to 4 other stakes victories including the $100,000 Drinkers of the Wind. TH Richie is trained by Phil Saxer.

This chestnut colt was bred by William Shively in Florida, and is by the French sire Calin Du Loup. TH Richie's dam is Char Rich Louise, by the straight Egyptian sire ZT Ali Baba.

Nordik Star was second best of this 7 horse field. He is owned by North Star Racing. Nordik Star is sired by Tomanchie, and out of the mare RW Norwegian Star by Wiking. In 13 starts, he has earned $48,439.

Victory in the Diamond Derby brings TH Richie's lifetime earnings to $164,156 for his owner Dianne Waldron. TH Richie is becoming a legend. In only 11 starts, he has accomplished 4 stakes wins and 2 stakes placings and has set 2 track records.

The Jewels of the East races, both the Sapphire Sprint and the Diamond Derby, were a part of the Arabian Triple Crown series. The Triple Crown pays a bonus to the winner of all three races in a series. One of the qualifications of the races is that the fields must be comprised of at least 8 horses. Unfortunately, the Diamond Derby ran with only 7 colts. This is a devistating blow to Derby winner TH Richie, who was well on his way to capturing the Triple Crown in the colt's division. He already won the first leg of the Arabian Triple Crown, the $100,000 Drinkers of the Wind.

Notes and Quotes from the $50,000 Diamond Derby

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK (Saturday, April 2, 2005) Press Release from Sam Houston Race Park, Contact: Martha Claussen (281) 807-8771

TH Richie, owned by Dianne K. Waldron and trained by Phil Saxer, was the winner of the $50,000 Diamond Derby for four-year-old Arabian colts and geldings. This chestnut colt captured the win and also set a new Arabian track record by completing the seven-furlong race in a time of 1:32.52, besting the previous time of 1:33.60 set by Dynamite III on April 9, 2004. TH Richie also holds the Sam Houston Arabian track record for six furlongs with a time of 1:18.13.

Comments from winning jockey, Oliver Castillo:

"I have ridden a lot of wonderful horses in my career, but none that do it as easily as TH Richie. Phil has done a great job keeping him fit and getting him ready for each race. He is a pleasure to ride."

Comments from winning owner, Dianne Waldron:

"I am so proud of him, setting two track records at Sam Houston Race Park. This is our fourth Derby win (Duran, Stellar, Genius and Th Richie)"

Comments from Phil Saxer, winning trainer of Th Richie:

"It's always hard to compare the accomplishments of racehorses, but TH Richie has done everything we have asked of him. I couldn't believe he set a new track record, based on how he covered the first quarter, but he really fired at the end."

Comments from Amanda Crandall, rider of second place finisher, Nordik Star:

"TH Richie is just much the best. I thought maybe I could sneak up on him and catch Oliver sleeping, but Oliver kept looking back at me and didn't let me get any closer. My horse is a good one and tries hard, but we only get to see how TH Richie's shod behind."

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