Powell’s Paddys Day once again hogged the limelight in the US Darley Awards after being voted Best Older Horse and yet another Horse of the Year Award at the dazzling event organized by the Arabian Racing Cup and supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
Scott Powell collected another double when Ivory Shores was named Best Older Mare in both the US Darleys as well as the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Ladies International awards.
Despite being absent, breeder-owner couple of Betty J and Joseph A Gillis was named Best Breeder and Best Owner in the US Darley Awards and also were voted Best Breeder in the HH Sheikha Fatima Awards.
With decades of contribution to Arabian horse racing under her belt, Val Bunting of France was greeted with loud cheers as she was awarded the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Life-time Achievement Award while at the other end of the spectrum, 18-year-old Uruguayan Endurance rider received the Best Endurance Rider award.
HE Abdulla Al Subose- UAE Consul General in California, HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi -UAE Ambassador to the Oman, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Global Promotions- Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Ahmed Al Qubeisi of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Nadim Lahad of Emirates Airline, Khalid Al Hussein- GAYSC representative, Mohammed Abdulla of Al Massood Automobiles, Dr Stephano Daneri of Equicare Veterinary Services, HE Lulwa Awadhi, Dr. Wadoda Badran, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), American Racing Cup Stewards led by Michelle Morgan, Dr Simon Ourian a leading Cosmetologist, Festival’s Jockeys Ambassador Xavier Ziani, Keith Brackpool of Santa Anita Park racecourse, Ed Murphy- MD of Dolby Theatre and Chris Gleeson of Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel were among those who attended the ceremony and also gave away the Awards.
The classy ceremony opened with HE Al Subose highlighting the role played by the Festival and by the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in building the UAE as well as promoting Arabian horses. Almost all speakers after that commended the role played by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, President of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in the success of the Festival.
HH Sheikha Fatima Stakes party of Derby meeting
Commenting on Saturday’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley International Awards Stakes $100,000 Grade 1 race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, Ms. Sawaya said, “It will be a big day for Arabian racing as Saturday is one of the biggest race-meetings at Santa Anita Park.”
“Two Grade 1 (Group 1) races – the $1 million Santa Anita Derby which is a Kentucky Derby prep race and the Santa Anita Oaks- will be supported by another Grade 2 and Grade 3 race with the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley International Awards Stakes being the final event in a card of 13 races,” she said.
A record crowd of over 40,000 is expected and all of them will get to see the racing ability of the Purebred Arabians in our race and this is a huge boost for all connected with Arabian racing,” she said.
Trainer Jerenesto Torrez is strongly represented in the race by Easter Man, Quick Sand AA and RB Nash.
On Sunday, April 8, the Arabian Racing Cup (ARC) Board of Stewards led by Michelle Morgan will present the 25th Annual ARC Darley Stallion Auction featuring select international sires at a Gala Dinner event.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (Ladies) International Awards 2018:
Best Breeder: Betty J. Gillis (USA)
Best Owner: Ms. Aisha Bint Yousuf Al Balushi (Oman)
Best Trainer: Mrs. Beverly Deutrom (Great Britain)
Best Professional jockey: Natalia Hendzel (Poland)
Best Amateur Jockey: Alice Bertiaux (Belgium
Best Apprentice jockey: Alexandra Bihari (Hungary
Best 3-year-old filly: Bint Grine(Morocco)
Best 3-4 year-old filly: Muneera (France)
Best Older mare: Ivory Shores (USA)
Best Journalist: Evie Tubbs Sweeney (USA)
Best TV Presenter: Amanda Roxborough(USA)
Best Photographer: Hedwig Allmuth (Algeria)
Best Endurance Rider: Pilar Saravia (Uruguay)
Life-time Achievement: Mrs. Val Bunting (France)
The winner’s list of 2018 Darley Awards (for performances in the year 2017):
Best 3-year-old colt/gelding: RB Hot Gate
Best 3-year-old filly: Uptown Sandy Girl
Best 4-year-old colt/gelding: RB Nash
Best 4-year-old filly: Sweet Honey AA
Best Older Mare: Ivory Shores
Best Older Horse: Paddys Day
Best Breeder: Joseph & Betty J Gillis
Best Owner: Joseph & Betty J Gillis
Best Trainer: Jernesto Torrez
Best Jockey: Keiber Coa
Special new breeder award: Hendrix and Lettie Smelding
Special new Owner Award: Lynn Bennett
Horse of the Year: Paddys Day