Thursday, June 23, 2011

Arabian Horses Run at Churchill Downs

While I'm recuperating here's some information I thought I might share. This last Saturday was a day in history for the Arabian horse as they raced for the first time ever at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. The Predident's of UAE Cup was a stakes race with a $50,000 purse highlighted the Arabian horse in a mile at a quarter and saw of a field of eight Arabian horses.

This link includes commentary with all pertinent details about the the President's Cup, the field of horses, owners and the trainers as well as the history of Arabian horse racing in the world and the US as well as information about the President's cup. View the race here.

Arabian horses have been fighting to gain respect racing in this country since I first became involved with them. They have had to overcome at lot of prejudice in this battle and it has only been in the past few years that bigger more prestigious races have been available to the Arabian horse. As the purses have grown, so has the respect for the Arabian as a race horse. It warmed my heart to hear that Calvin Borel, one of the top jockeys in the country, was riding am Arabian filly in this race. It shows how far the Arabian horse has come in its journey to be recognized in this country for a sport that literally began with the Arabian horse many centuries ago.

The commentary is done by Christie Eagen of Arabian Results. Christie's normal role at Arabian events, which are usually horse shows, is to publish daily sheets featuring the results of the day's competition. She's been in this industry as long as I can remember and knows her stuff about the Arabian horse but I'd venture to guess doing commentary on Arabian horse racing is not her usual. I think she was as excited to be at Churchill Downs as the owners and trainers were.

8 comments:

  1. Hi I quite enjoy your blog, I was wondering if you could take a look at mine and let me konw what you think, I am new at this and am a bit unsure

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    Hal

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  2. I don't know if that's something that will be good for the breed. Look what it has done for the thoroughbred.

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  3. Wow, sometimes I forget that arabians can also be racehorses. At what age do they race?

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  4. I remember I was trying to get my Arab gelding Tai into racing back in the day. He was a true 16 hands, substance galore and Loved to RUN. Open him up and hang on.... He could seriously move!


    Good to hear it is finally getting some recognition.

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  5. That is exciting news!! I would love to see some Arabians race with their tails flagged up. My Annie was bred to be a racehorse. Both her dam and sire were winning racehorses. I keep thinking that I should breed her to a racing stud. However, I couldn't keep the foal...

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  6. Hmm i never thought about Arabs in a flat race like that, always more of an endurance racing. Interesting!

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  7. I know there were breeders of Arabian race horses that were switching to show horses because the Arabian racing industry was really struggling. I had actually been looking at some horses from racing lines before I chose Dee. Really nice athletic looking horses.

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  8. Mikael, I hope you're feeling better :( I noticed that we haven't heard from in a spell and I worry!!

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