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Zales Storm wins Arabian stake at Whoop-Up Downs


September 14, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Anette Born leads Zales Storm and rider Scott Steer into the winner's circle.
(photo by photo by Garry Allison)
By Garry Allison
The Horses, RMTC, Lethbridge--Scott Sterr was super hot Sunday, September 12 at Whoop-Up Downs in Lethbridge, riding five winners in 10 starts and finishing second three times. Among his winning rides was a trip aboard Zales Storm to grab the second annual Arabian Stake Race with an $11,500 purse sponsored by the Arabian Equestrian and Racing Federation of the United Arab Emirates and the Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

Sterr took over on the backstretch and was hanging on at the line to beat Special Edition, Jackie Smith in the irons. Third was to Brooke Mellish aboard Zales Traveller. The combination of the three paid a whopping $591 triactor. The win for Zales Storm put the nine-year-old bay mare's total winnings close to the $45,000 mark, capping off a happy day for owners Jake and Anette Born.

“Typically I don't ride Arabians but I took this ride for Jake and Anette,” said Sterr right after the five-and-a-half furlong run. “Once I hit the backside and got a couple of jumps up on Jackie (Smith) she just couldn't get back to me.

“Its been a good day, the racing gods were sure looking down on me today.”
Zales Storm, trained by Jake Born, paid $6.80, $3.20 and $2.30 while Smith's mount paid $3.40 and $2.70. Zales Traveller paid $3.50 for third. Last year's winner, Paton Rouge, finished well back.

An earlier win for Sterr aboard unbeaten Sizzlin Red Coronoa in the Canada Cup Futurity Trials for Quarter horses capped off a great weekend for Lethbridge's Ron Sakamoto. Saturday, the Lethbridge promoter was named the top man in his field in Canada for the 12th straight year. Sizzlin Red Coronoa, who will run in the MBNA Challenge Series in Houston, Texas, November 6 is also owned by Edward Vanee and Darcy Edwards and is trained by William Leech.

“This is the biggest Arabian purse in Canada,” says Rocky Mountain Turf Club CEO Max Gibb. “The race is sponsored by the UAE's racing federation because of their love for the beautiful Arabian horses, which were really the originators of the Thoroughbred breed eons ago.

“Their goal is to bring awareness of the Arabian race horse to the forefront and I'm proud to say RMTC at Whoop-Up Downs here in Lethbridge is one of the few tracks in North America to run Arabian horses.”

Neil Abrahams, racing secretary for the United Arab Emirates Equestrian and Racing Federation, said during his visit last September that the UAE federation is trying to promote the Arabian horse, part of the rich UAE heritage. The Arabian is said to be a many faceted horse and is known for its tremendous endurance and is found in the show ring, jumping competitions, endurance races and more and more on the race tracks around the world.

During his visit to Whoop-Up Downs last year, Colonel Hussain Mohd Hussain Al Hammadi, Secretary General of the Arabian Equestrian and Racing Federation for the United Arab Emirates, received a special Blackfoot name from Blood Tribe Elder Bruce Wolf Child, Grey Horse Rider.