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Press release: Sam Houston Race Park - Kyle Brown
ARABIAN FLAT RACING FESTIVAL INCLUDING FIRST ALL-FEMALE RIDER STAKES PRODUCED EXCITING FINISHES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
TM Junior Johnson was an impressive winner of the $30,000 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, defeating a top-caliber field of 11 Arabians. The 4-year-old son of Burning Sand is a full brother to TM Fred Texas, nominated as Horse of the Year as part of the 2012 Darley Awards
. TM Junior Johnson won the $30,000 Texas Six Shooter for owner and breeder Todd Moak on February 18. Rider Jose Figueroa controlled the race from the opening bell, crossing the finish line of the seven furlong stake in 1:33.35. Trained by Jerenesto Torrez, TM Junior Johnson has won five of his career starts.
The all-female jockey race featured an exciting international roster of riders. Fatma Al Manji was the winning jockey, dueling with early pacesetter TM Super Bird, before drawing off to a two-length victory. Rich Kingha finished third and Lori Anne was fourth.
THE HH SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN GLOBAL ARABIAN FLAT RACING FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE ABU DHABI AUTHORITY FOR CULTURE AND HERITAGE (ADACH) AND CO-ORDINATED BY ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL IN ASSOCIATION WITH EMIRATES ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY WITH SUPPORT FROM INVEST AD, AREEJ AL AMEERATLA, SIRENE,THE UAE'S GENERAL WOMEN'S UNION, ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL HUNTING AND EQUESTRIAN EXHIBITION 2011,WATHBA STUD FARM AND ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB. EMIRATES AIRLINES IS THE OFFICIAL CARRIER.
Sam Houston Race Park is Houstonís premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winnerís Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. Sam Houston Race Park Platinum Partners include Bud Light and Champion Energy Services. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.
photos courtesy Coady Photo