The Arabian Jockey Club is pleased to announce the President of the UAE Cup, Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, returns to the home of The Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, on September 24, 2016.  This long established Grade 1 race offering a purse of $100,000 runs under the gracious sponsorship of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and will be featured during the September race meet’s only Downs After Dark night racing event.

Kathy Smoke, President of the Arabian Jockey Club stated, “The President of the UAE Cup race consistently attracts the finest Arabians the USA has to offer.  Churchill Downs has always rolled out the red carpet for the Arabians and the Pres. of the UAE Cup.  We look forward to returning to Churchill Downs this year and in future years.”

“We missed this wonderful event last year, and are very pleased to once again welcome the President of the UAE Cup at Churchill Downs” said Kristin Warfield, Vice President of Partnerships at Churchill Downs.  “We are excited that many of America’s best Arabian horses will compete at our historic track in September, and look forward to continuing this new tradition in the years to come.”

“We are delighted to bring back the President of the UAE cup series to the USA and Churchill Downs,”said general secretary of the Presidents Cup Series, Mr. Faisal Al Rahmani.  “The series was established by the late Shk Zayed  Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to promote and celebrate the Arabian horse worldwide and its’ significant place in UAE culture and history. What better way to do this than to hold the race at the home of The Kentucky Derby”.

UPDATE September 14 2016

Owners/Trainers – If you leave your email address when entering your horse/s your credentials can be emailed to the designated person.  These will get you in the track and into the Stakes Room where your table is.  If not, they can be picked up at Will Call Booth Gate #1.   link to the Downs After Dark Sept 24 2016 events  link to CD hospitality information  Maps and Directions for CD  Lots of Information regarding a visit to CD   Information for Horsemen

NOMINATION FORM:  The nomination form for the above race is on the AJC website as well as the CD website.  The Arabian race will be the last race on the card this evening.

LICENSING:  For Arabian owner, trainer, assistant trainer, jockey, jockey agent, the annual fee is $35.00 for this Arabian race.  You may obtain your owners/trainers/jockey license on the grounds in the licensing office.  For in-depth information about Churchill Downs visit  click on Horsemen tab or use the link for Horsemen Information offered above.

TRAINERS :   please be prepared to give your silks colors and description when you enter your horse. 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS for HORSES to Enter Stable areas:  A separate letter can be found on the AJC website on the Calendar of Events Sept. 24 date.  

Synopsis:    Equine Herpes by a licensed veterinarian a minimum of 14 days and no more than 180 days prior to entry.  The (CVI) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must accompany a negative EIA Test (aka Coggins taken within 1 yr)  and must be within 72 hours of arrival.   The CVI shall indicate the date of the horse’s vaccination and the specific vaccine product used.

STABLING:  You may ship in to Churchill Downs as early as Monday the 19th of Sept.  Please let Mr. Steve Hargrave know of your time and day of arrival.  He can be reached at 502-541-8818


Each stakes race horse will receive a table of 8 in the stakes room for the owner and trainer as was done in past years. If additional tickets outside of those 8 are needed, they can be purchased through Linda Herron at 502-636-4893.  Ms. Herron is the contact for any small groups of spectators that may want to coordinate being together.  Large groups may contact Troy King at 502-638-3898 to make arrangements.

Owners and Trainers of entered Stakes horses will be notified by telephone by Churchill Downs personnel after the time of entry closes.

OWNERS:  In past years Churchill Downs has utilized a WILL CALL booth where all of your credentials for entering the grounds and the stakes dining room will be held.  Please use Gate # 1 to enter.  If this changes, we will note it on the AJC website.    Please check back periodically for any new updates or changes

DOWNS AFTER DARK:   The theme this year is Bourbon, Bets and bow Ties!  Please check the Churchill Downs website for entertainment information.

DRESS CODE:     Business Casual. Certain rooms allow denim.  Please visit CD website, Planning Your Visit (see link above) for appropriate dress code for each area.

HOTEL/MOTEL: Hotel/Motel information is offered on the Churchill Downs website: a few are Embassy Suites(east of Louisville), The Brown Hotel (downtown), The Seelbach Hotel (downtown), The Hyatt (downtown), Marriott (downtown) 21C (downtown) The Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville Airport (near the track) and the CD partner and preferred hotel, The Galt House.

Please check back on the AJC website periodically to see any updates or changes to any of the above.

President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

$100,000 Added – Grade 1

To be run: Saturday, September 24, 2016 One and one-sixteenth miles

Nominations close Saturday, September 10, 2016

For Arabian Four Year Olds and Upward: By subscription of $100 each, which should accompany the nomination or by Supplementary Nomination of $2,500 by time of entry (Includes entry and starting fees), $200 to enter and an additional $250 to start with $100,000 added. After payment of $2,000 to all owners of horses finishing sixth through last, 62% of the remaining purse shall be paid to the owner of the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth, 3% to fifth. Weight: 123 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I race in 2015-2016, allowed 2 lbs.; Fillies and mares, allowed 3 lbs. The maximum number of starters for the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup will be limited to fourteen. In the event that the race overfills the starters will be determined at the time with preference given to horses that have accumulated the highest earnings in 2015-2016. Starters to be named through the entry box by the usual time of closing.

CLICK to DOWNLOAD THIS PDF, which has the nomination form and submission instructions.

Click to Download the HEALTH REQUIREMENTS and IMPORTANT INFORMATION – both are necessary information for this race.

Nomination Form

Health Requirements Letter 2016

Important Information

The Arabian Jockey Club, working in conjunction with Churchill Downs will carry all pertinent information for this race on its website, AJC Facebook page, AJC Eblasts, and other social media outlets.