Intriguing Arabians

I’ve followed Thoroughbred racing for as long as I can remember, but every now and then tracks will throw in a real treat for the crowd. On the undercard of the 2012 Preakness, Pimlico played host to a Grade 1 Arabian race: The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup Series. This race is for purebred Arabians, and is held at a different track each year.

Since this year’s edition will be held tomorrow (Saturday, June 15) at┬áChurchill Downs, here’s a look back at some of the field from last year’s race at Pimlico (May 19, 2012). This will be only the 2nd Arabian race held at Churchill Downs in the history of the track!

T M Fred Texas leads the cavalry charge of greys to win the 2012 running, with Grilla just behind in 2nd.

T M Fred Texas is quite the international star. He’s won countless races, including the 2012 running of this race, and was last seen in one of the Arabian stakes on the undercard of the Dubai World Cup.

Grilla finished 2nd last year, but has won his share of races and has competed against some of the best.

Rich Frynchman finished third in 2012.

So Big Is Better finished 4th last year, but will try his luck again this Saturday.

So Big Is Better… so beautiful!

Spin Doctor will run in this year’s edition of the race at Churchill Downs.

Dixie’s Valentine was the only mare in the 2012 field.

Status Symbol, covered in dirt and still lovely.

French Fry didn’t run well last year and ended up finishing last, but he looked like he was having a great time cantering around the track and checking out the crowd!

 

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