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"Battle of the Sexes" in one of best Arabian races of the year


August 4, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

French Fry (outside) grabs the lead in deep stretch from Tm Let It Be in the Crow Valley Ranch Derby on July 17.
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
A "Battle of the Sexes" will take place at Arapahoe Park on Saturday, August 6, when arguably the two best Arabian horses in the United States will square off in the Sam Vasquez Open Handicap at 1-1/16 miles in the fifth race on the card.

The 2-to 1 morning line favorite is T M Fred Texas (jockey Travis Wales, trainer Juan Antonio Ascencio, owner Sam Vasquez), a 4-year-old gray colt who has won two stakes races in a row in the Grade 2 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup at Delaware Park and the Grade 1 President of United Arab Emirates Cup at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

The 5-to-2 second choice is Tm Super Bird (jockey Adrian Ramos, trainer Elizabeth Brand, owner Teutsch and Hammad Partnership), a 5-year-old chestnut mare who is evolving into the "Zenyatta of Arabian racing" with eight victories in nine starts, including six of six at Arapahoe Park by a combined 63 lengths. Her most recent triumph was the Cobra Distaff Sprint by 9 lengths, but she faces her toughest test to date against T M Fred Texas, a winner of seven of nine who captured his first two career victories at Arapahoe Park by a combined 21 lengths before going on to glory around the country.

The field of seven for the Sam Vasquez Open Handicap also includes French Fry, an improving 4-year-old gray gelding with only four lifetime starts who has won two in a row with a gate-to-wire maiden score and an 11-1 upset in the Crow Valley Ranch Derby at Arapahoe Park from the rear of the field.

Trainer Elizabeth Brand will saddle three of the seven runners, Tm Super Bird, Tm Let It Be and Dancers Traveler. Tm Let It be is the 6-furlong track record holder at Arapahoe Park and was second behind French Fry in the Crow Valley Ranch Derby, a race in which T M Fred Texas was originally entered but did not run.

Post time for the Sam Vasquez Open Handicap will be at 2:40 p.m. Saturday's nine-race card also includes the Silver Cup Futurity for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds at 5 furlongs.