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Tour De France sets New Track Record, September 2006

photo by Jack Coady.

September 28, 2006, Retama Park- When Tour De France came down the stretch to win the Texas Arabian Derby, he did it in a big way. Overtaking the field just past the far turn, he drew off to a 12 length advantage before being eased up near the wire. Tour De France set a new track record for the mile and one sixteenth distance at Retama Park. His time of 1:56.59 shaved nearly 2 seconds off the record set by KD Colonel on Aug. 21, 1998.

Tour De France has now earned 5 stakes victories. He collected two other stakes wins in Texas- the 2005 Texas Lone Star Futurity and 2006 Texas Shooting Star. His most recent stakes win was July 3, 2006, another magnificent performance winning over some of the country's very best horses in the Bob Magness Memorial Derby in Delaware.

Tour De France (AKA "Lance") is owned by the extremely successful Southern Arabian Racing Partnership. This partnership also owns Sakbee and Scoot, two new racehorses who won their first races in September at Delaware Park. They also own Whos Your Daddy, a multi race winner with earnings over $75,000. Two of the partners in Southern Arabian Racing are Texans- Nancy and Ken Blewett of Rancho Milagro Yegua.

While in Texas, Tour De France is trained by Jernesto Torres. Torres has saddled many Arabian winners but has a majority stable of thoroughbreds. He is currently the 2nd leading trainer at the 2006 Thoroughbred Meet. Tour De France was ridden under the very capable hands of Larry Taylor, to date the leading jockey at Retama Park winning $331,911 in 48 days.

By Golly Sand ran second in the Derby and beat LZP Heluvazell by only a head. By Golly Sand, a grey stallion sired by Burning Sand and owned by James Morris, enjoyed a win just a week ago in an allowance race at Retama Park. LZP Heluvazell, a chestnut stallion by Brusally Orlen, is a two time stakes winner owned by Scott Powell. Jerry Partin trained both second and third place finishers. Ikantoo, True Colours and King Sam Son also ran in the Texas Arabian Derby.

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