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UAE Presidents Cup on Preakness Day
May 19, 2012 - T M Fred Texas, off his March 31st win in the Kahayla Classic Gr 1 at Meydan Race Course in Dubai, proved that victory was no fluke. This well traveled Arabian showed his mettle by coming back to the USA to win the Gr 1 UAE Presidents Cup at Pimlico Race track on Preakness Day. A strong field of 10 top Arabians made history in this first ever running of Arabians at the historic home of the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown.
Stalking the pace TM Fred Texas moved past front running Grilla at the top of the stretch to cross the wire 2 3/4 ahead of the 2nd place Grilla, with Rich Frynchman in the show position. So Big Is Better, Ovour The Top, Spin Doctor, Dixies Valentine, Status Symboll, Born To Boogie MC, and French Fry completed the field.
The President of the UAE Cup Gr 1 stakes for Arabians runs at some of the most prestigious venues around the world, and this year Pimlico was graced by this most ancient breed of equines. In their sponsorship of this race, the UAE brings to the forefront the culture and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula via its prized possession, the Purebred Arabian horse.