RB Texas Hold Em clinched his biggest career prize when running away an impressive winner of the US$100,000 Grade 1 President of the UAE Cup for Purebred Arabians at the Churchill Downs in Kentucky on Saturday.
Trained by Nicole Ruggeri and with Gabriel Saez atop in the silks of Emirati owner Byerley Racing’s Khalid Ali Al Ibrahim, the four-year-old grey son of TM Fred Texas was an impressive winner over the 1,600-metre dirt trip.
RB Texas Hold Em’s win took his tally to five from 10 career starts. Mizzdora under Edgar Morales was second ahead of Madjikman ridden by Keiber Coa and Carol Cedeno on board the seven-year-old Easter Man, third last year and runner up in 2016.
Held under the patronage of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan the world race series for Arabians is counting 26 years and was the third in the series for 2019-2020 after Egypt and France.
The races series is supported by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Dubai and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The meeting that also included 10 races for the thoroughbreds drew a crowd in excess of 50,000.
HE Saeed Al Muhairi, Director of Technical Affairs Department at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), presented the awards to the winning connections of The President of the UAE Cup in the presence of HE Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni, a member of the Federal National Council and ADSC’s board of directors.
HE Faisal Al Rahmani, Racing Advisor to ADSC, congratulated the winning connections and the organisation of the race meeting.
“The Arabian horses have made their presence in some of the most prestigious race meetings around the world, and Churchill Downs are one of them,” he said.
“Obviously it has encouraged owners and breeders of the Arabian horses.”