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$15,850 Tiki Diablo Classic

Favoritt Upsets Favorite

photo by Jack Coady: Favoritt wins the 7 ½ furlong stake on the turf at Retama Park.

October 1, 2005- Retama Park, San Antonio, Texas

Here we go again, a Monarch AH offspring coming on strong as an older horse. Most recently we racing fans watched the Monarch AH daughter, Royale Fanfare (5/30 (8-4-5)5-4 $168,056) roar into Arabian racing history winning the prestigious Grade I Gladys Brown Edwards Stakes as a seven-year-old as well as winning two additional stakes that same year. Beginning her race career as a five-year-old, she was a winner for the next two years, but began to really show the world what she was made of at the start of her seven-year-old year and on into the next.

Favoritt, a six-year-old Monarch AH son out of Fawora by Favor, looks to be also gaining strength with age. Coming into the 7-½ furlong $15,850 Tiki Diablo Classic Stakes at Retama Park, Favoritt has been no stranger to wins. His record of 4/33(11-8-4)5-6 $104,233 showed he would be a contender, but the program listed him well behind the odds-on favorite Mags Mad Max, an accomplished 4 year old colt by the French-bred stallion, Makzan, who had just won the 1 1/16 mile Texas Arabian Derby in September.

Favoritt was unhurried leaving the gate, then rallied on the far turn. He saved ground coming out of the turn and slipped through to the inside. It was a fast race with the fractions at 51:49 and 1:19.22 when Favoritt closed in the stretch against another Monarch AH gelding, age 8, Royal Opal, to finish 1-¼ lengths ahead of his rival in 1:40:31. Royal Opal finished 1-½ lengths ahead of the third place horse, Genghis Kong, dueling Uninvitted at the wire forcing him to finish fourth.

Owned by Christine and Dick Reed of Toskhara Arabians in Aubrey, Texas, Favoritt is trained by the talented Mike Furr. Favoritt was ridden to victory under the capable hands of jockey, Omar Rodriquez.

The remaining order of finish was Flim Flam, B B Zell, Starmanchie, Insync, and Mags Mad Max.

Reason would tell us that barring the ever-present risk of injury in horseracing, we should not let Mags Mad Max finish in this race count him out. After all, he is out of a Monarch AH daughter and is only 4 years old.

Reason would also tell us, racing fans probably won’t get the chance to capitalize on Favoritt’s odds again for some time to come.

Photo by Jack Coady, left to right- Genghis Kong, BB Zell and Favoritt in the
early stretch.

The Owners

Stakes winning owners
Dick & Christine Reed

Dick and Christine Reed saw their horse Favoritt win the Tiki Diablo Hall of Fame Classic, and joined the ranks of great racehorse owners in the state of Texas. What makes their program at Toskhara Arabians so intriguing is that they have bred Arabian horses in both the United States and in Europe, and successfully compete in disciplines from show ring breeding and performance classes to, of course, racing.

The Reeds took advantage of their time in Europe to purchase horses directly from the Polish Arabian Stud farm; concentrating on Arabians that combine type, confirmation, and athleticism. The horses join a small but select broodmare band of US bred horses including three Khemosabi daughters, a Ferzon granddaughter and a Baskhemo daughter. These Arabian horses are producing foals of the highest quality, from bloodlines many of which are unique in the US. Several of their horses are also in reining training, including their senior stallion *Kordelas, recently awarded U.S. National Top Ten Reining Horse in 2004.

*Kordelas, World Top Ten Stallion in both 2000 and 2001 at the Salon du Cheval, Paris, is worth talking about a bit more here. He was also crowned Reserve Champion Stallion at the International Show in the UK, and honored with numerous other awards in England. And... at his foundation, he's a Stakes placed racehorse 2/15(2-2-3-2), 1998 Sluzewiec Racecourse - Warsaw, Poland. Now, let's hear an applause for the Reed's October stakes win here in Texas. Their focus on importance of the breed for all its gifts is showing. We are proud to have them as breeders in our state and look forward to their next successes.

photo: Christine and Dick with *Kordelas

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