One of the more knowledgeable buyers and brokers of Arabian horseracing bloodstock globally, Denise Gault has been a familiar figure in the industry for 25 years, acting as agent for some of the better known breeders and trainers in the world. She seemed the perfect person to talk about the horses entered in this Saturday’s much anticipated Arabian Cup Stakes race.
“There’s a great group of racehorses nominated for the 2012 President of the UAE Cup Stake race at Pimlico this weekend,” says the California-based Gault. “Almost as soon as the news about the race was announced the field was filled. Six of them are Darley Champions.”
Arriving in quarantine just a few short days ago, following his win at Meydan in the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (UAE-G1), T M Fred Texas is in town for the President of the UAE Stake Race. The Kahayla Classic victory boosted T M Fred Texas’ lifetime record to 11 wins out of 15 starts. T M Fred Texas crossed the finish line 1¾ lengths ahead of the competition, which included both the 2011 and the 2009 former winners of the race.
“If ‘Fred’ is on his game, he’s the One,” Dennie says. “He’s the legitimate ‘top dog’ in the group, even with his global wanderings and the off chance that jet lag might catch up with him.”
Much more local and every inch a class act, the chestnut 7-year-old, Dixies Valentine, is the horse that gave T M Fred Texas the real run for his money at Churchill Downs in last year’s President of the UAE Stake Race. One of the few mares entered in a tough race with the best Arabian racing colts America currently has to offer, Dixies Valentine has the talent and the bottom to win this race.
“Most of us think Dixie can do it,’ says Dennie. “She took some time off. She’s a bit older but she’s got the ability and she has the class. Bill Waldron’s very talented Grilla, younger half-brother to Dixies Valentine, won the UAE Cup race in 2010 but was disappointing last year. Bill wants to beat T M Fred Texas and he’s done it with Grilla before. You can bet that he’ll be ready. Bill is so competitive and the consummate professional. Word is that Grilla is working very well at Delaware Park right now.”
The oldest horse in the race is So Big Is Better, an 8-year-old grey Burning Sand son and the great California Hope. The Mandolynn Hill Farm Stake’s winner in 2009, So Big Is Better has been a force to contend with on the California Fair Racing Circuit for the past two years and was the 2011 California Horse of the Year. Another Burning Sand contender could be Sanddpiper, the 5-year-old grey mare that was 3 and 4-Year-Old Darley Champion Filly and the winner of the HH Sha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup in Houston in early March. This is a Bill Waldron-trained entry and he may decide to race her at Delaware on Saturday instead. There’s a filly stake there and the odds are solidly in her favor.
“Rich Frynchman could be a factor as well,” Gault admits. “He wasn’t on his game recently but he has the ability to do it. He’s beaten T M Fred Texas a few times before, most decidedly in the Delaware Park Arabian Classic. There’s also Spin Doctor, conditioned this winter in Florida and Status Symbol finished in front of both Grilla and Rich Frynchman at Houston in March. There’s also both of the 2011 Darley 3-year-Old Champions, Born To Boogie, very competitive and always a solid performer, and MS Dixie, another offspring of leading sire Burning Sand, a real talent, but perhaps too young for this company. All in all it’s shaping up to be a great race … one to remember!”
Denise Gault founded Race Street Management Inc. in 1987, dedicating her newly formed Bloodstock Agency to the sales and marketing of Arabian racehorses and breeding stock. Over the years since, her management and consulting services have connected her with some of the most important Arabian horse breeding farms and programs in the world. She was the U.S. Arabian racing agent for the Darley Stud and has been the Shadwell Estate Company Ltd U.S. Arabian horse agent in America since 2001. Shadwell Estate Company Ltd is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
In 2002 Gault orchestrated the importation of many Shadwell International Arabian racing sires, including Chndaka (sire of stakes winners in 6 countries), UAE multiple stakes winner, Falina Des Fabries (sire of three Darley Champions: Rolly Polly, The Last Dance and Quite A Show), and Kahayla Classic Winner Nivour de Cardonne, sire of Darley Champions Dixies Valentine and Our Machine. More recently she has taken over management of Kaolino, a Kahayla Classic winner whose much anticipated offspring debut on the track this season. Three-time Kahayla winner and UAE Horse of the Year Madjani, whose youngsters begin racing next year, and No Risk Al Maury, the highest ranked racing Arabian horse in the world, are represented in the U.S. by Race Street via frozen semen though both stallions stand in France.