OMANS ORO MHF scores in the Texas Arabian Derby
September 10, 2011, Retama Park - After he won his first race in Houston in April, OMANS ORO MHF went to Colorado and showed mild interest in the game. His past performance didn´t inspire much bettor confidence coming into the Grade 3 Texas Arabian Derby, the longest race of his career at One and One-Sixteenth Mile. He went off as the long shot at 20 to 1. For those that knew his pedigree and watched his latest workout at Retama Park, he didn´t disappoint. Those fans walked away with a big payoff.
OMANS ORO MHF, trained by Robert Werneth and ridden by David Bourque, broke from the gates mid pack in his usual style. But this time when it was time to make a bid, he moved.
Early in the race, the favorite TM Let It Be rushed to the front with Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez in the irons. Three T Peacock, ridden by Celso Rodriguez, gamely pressed the pace head-to-head but gave way near the half. OMANS ORO MHF was stalking these two pacesetters. Dancing Al was on the outside coming up fast four-wide as jockey Larry Taylor asked him to make his move.
Lined up side by side, three fought for the lead around the final turn. Dancing Al was on the outside, OMANS ORO MHF between, and TM Let It Be on the rail. But it was OMANS ORO MHF who prevailed as he started to edge away, driving to the finish to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Dancing Al was second best. TM Let It Be settled for third by 1/2 length.
Falavir finished 5 1/2 lengths back for fourth place, followed by Three T Peacock, TTT The Fox and Dancing Judy.
Dancing Al (LINE DANCER X Qunatas CS, by Aneto) is trained by Juan Ascencio and is owned by Mark Vasquez. He was bred by Randi and Eric Moreau-Sipiere. TM Let It Be (BURNING SAND x Spilled Perfume, by Virgule Al Maury) is trained by Elizabeth Brand, owned by Lapco Arabians, and was bred by Todd Moak.
OMANS ORO MHF was bred in Texas by Mandolynn Hill Farm, who also owns this handsome 4 year old colt. He´s one of the first runners by their stallion Oman De Blaziet, an unraced son of TIDJANI. OMANS ORO MHF is out of the Brusally Orzelost daughter Baby Orzelost, who has produced three other winners. OMANS ORO MHF took home the biggest share of the $20,000 Derby purse, bringing his lifetime earnings to $14,434.
TEXAS ARABIAN DERBY (G3)
ONE AND ONE SIXTEENTH MILES ON THE DIRT
4 YEAR OLD COLTS
1. OMANS ORO MHF
OMAN DE BLAZIET X BABY ORZELOST, BY BRUSALLY ORZELOST
BRED BY MANDOLYNN HILL FARM
OWNED BY MANDOLYNN HILL FARM
2. DANCING AL
LINE DANCER X QUANTAS CS, BY ANETO
BRED BY ERIC AND RANDI MOREAU-SIPIERE
OWNED BY MARK VASQUEZ
3. TM LET IT BE
BURNING SAND X SPILLED PERFUME, BY VIRGULE AL MAURY
BRED BY L TODD MOAK
OWNED BY LAPCO ARABIANS
ALSO RAN: FALAVIR, THREE T PEACOCK, TTT THE FOX, DANCING JUDY