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THE LAST DANSE smashes U.S. Turf Record in the
Tiki Diablo Hall of Fame Classic Stakes 2008

October 4, 2008- The Tiki Diablo Hall of Fame Classic Stakes ran Saturday night at Retama Park with a field of eight horses. The Last Dance, a beautiful bay stallion by Falina Des Fabries, ran a storybook perfect race, destroying the favorites in this 7 1/2 furlong challenge on the turf. He prevailed in a time of 1:37.23, smashing the U.S. Turf Record of 1:39.

The race went off at 7:02 p.m. on a firm track. Caitylyns Hot broke off to a good beginning as By Golly Sand lept out to meet him from the far outside hole. These two set the tone as they took it to the first turn, running in 25 flat for the opening quarter. Side by side, Caitlyns Hot and By Golly Sand had pulled clear by 6 lengths at the half, and it looked to be all their race. The Last Danse was holding third just a head over Djet Set De Falgas, both settled comfortably to make a move. Midway around the turn Caitlyns Hot took the lead but started to tire along with her challenger By Golly Sand who bore out and dropped back quickly. The Last Danse made a quick run coming into the stretch and grabbed the lead, while from far outside Djet Set De Falgas started to gain. Djet Set De Falgas chased to the end, but was no match for The Last Danse who drew off by 4 1/4 lengths.

Sharp Cookie made a mild bid and chalked up a third. Caitlyns Hot was 4th, By Golly Sand was 5th, followed by Kryptonite CS, Spring With Caily, and Royal Opal.

The Last Danse is a 5 year old by Falina Des Fabries out of the mare Rein Danse by Wiking. He was bred by Trackside Farm, ridden to victory by Larry Taylor, and trained by Jernesto Torrez. The Last Danse is owned by Ken and Nancy Blewett. Nancy commented, "The Last Danse is a one of a kind treasure. His dam, Rein Danse, who was very special, died after The Last Danse was born. There are no more foals from her. And sadly, The Last Danse's sire, Falina Des Fabries, has also passed away. He can never be duplicated. The Last Danse has achieved so very much at such a young age I am awestruck- he has won a Darley Award, won a Triple Crown race, as well as 4 other stakes races. The quality speaks volumes for itself. I personally feel that it is my responsibility to see that the legacy of both Rein Danse and Falina Des Fabries are preserved in the future generations. This is not a responsibility I take lightly. That may help explain why I own so many Falina get."

Success in this stake brings The Last Danse's record to 18(5-3-1)5, $80,659.

The Texas Arabian Breeders Association thanks Sam Vasquez for his generous sponsorship of this race named as a memorial to one of Sam's outstanding horses, Tiki Diablo ($155,858). For 6 years Sam stood with this star athlete in 18 win photos, the results of thrilling performances Tiki Diablo fans all enjoyed. This stake each year serves to remind us of all the great Arabian racehorses we have been fortunate to know.


The Last Danse (FL)
age 5 stallion
(Falina Des Fabries x Rein Danse
by Wiking)

Nancy & Ken Blewett

Trackside Farm

Jernesto Torrez

Larry Taylor

Djet Set De Falgas (FR)
age 7 stallion
(Elios De Carrere x Djezabel De Falgas
by Djelfor)

Jane R. Teutsch

Yolande Morat

Elizabeth Brand

Adrian B. Ramos

Sharp Cookie (FL)
age 7 gelding
(Virgule Al Maury x Cookies And Creme
by BR Oreo)

Caraway Teutsch

Loren Nichols & Joseph Tripi

Elizabeth Brand

Jose Figueroa

Owners Nancy (light blue shirt) and Ken Blewett (orange shirt). Jockey Larry Taylor in helmet, and second from right, trainer Ernesto Torrez.

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