June 21, 2011
T M Fred Texas Becomes First Winner of
Arabian Race at Churchill Downs
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Louisville, Kentucky - T M Fred Texas (Burning Sand x Queen Kong) emerged the winner of the Grade I $52,500 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup by 9 1/4 lengths on Saturday afternoon, June 18, 2011, at Churchill Downs. The victory puts the four-year-old Texas-bred stallion in the record books as the first winner of an Arabian race at Churchill, the home of the Kentucky Derby.
T M Fred Texas drew past Dixies Valentine down the stretch to win the race by 9 1/4 lengths, and ran 1 1/4 miles over a track rated "sloppy" due to heavy overnight thunderstorms and showers. Santos Chavez rode the winner for owner Sam Vasquez and trainer Ron Martino.
Dixies Valentine (Nivour De Cardonne x Dixie Darlene), ridden by Calvin Borel, and 3-5 favorite Grilla (Kong x Dixie Darlene), ridden by Bill Hollick, set the pace and took the early lead in the race. T M Fred Texas, who was untested beyond one mile, rated about six lengths back in third along the inside before commencing his winning move from the outside. He caught the leaders while entering the far turn, poked his head in front of Dixies Valentine at the head of the stretch as Grilla faded, and inched clear down the lane.
The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup was made possible due to a one-year partnership between Churchill Downs, United Arab Emirates capital city Abu Dhabi, and the Emirates Equestrian Federation. The race was one of five stakes races on the 12-race Stephen Foster Day program, which was presented by Abu Dhabi.
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