|Owner-Trainer-Jockey Double in the Divisional Grade III Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Saturday, October 18, 2014) - The owner-trainer-jockey team of Guy Neivens, Elizabeth M. Merryman, and Ramon Guce were the shining stars tonight at Lone Star Park winning both divisions of the Grade III $20,000 Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes.
VALIANT BOY SBFAR, the six-year-old horse by DARWEESH out of THUMB PRINT, by BAROUR DE CARDONNE, continued his seven-race winning streak to make it eight straight after his win tonight in the colt & gelding division.
VALIANT BOY SBFAR raced just off the pace, then made a late bid on the backstretch, gained the lead in the second turn, and responded well when set down for the stretch drive, holding off a fast closing RB RICH for the win under strong urging.
For those who wagered on the race VALIANT BOY SBFAR, the 0.30-1 favorite returned $2.60, $2.10 and $2.00. SB RICH was up for the place and returned $5.00 and $2.00. AIM HI returned $1.00 for the show. PADDYS DAY; SAND CHAMP; FASTANDFURIOUS; RB MOOSE and MISTER EDD completed the order of finish. DEEBAL and RB SO RICH were scratched from the race.
Fractions for the race were 27.04; 53.93 and 1:35.70. Final time for the one mile contest was 1:50.07 over a fast main track surface.
With the winner's share of the purse, VALIANT BOY SBFAR increased in bankroll to $316,835. His career record now reads 20-12-3-1.
RB Burn Babyburn Brings Home the Prize for the Same Connections in the Filly & Mare Division
It was another win for the team of Neivens, Merryman, and Guce when RB BURN BABY BURN, a four-year-old daughter of TH RICHIE and BURNING FIRESTAR, by BIG EASY, won the Grade III Arabian Racing Cup Stallion Stakes, filly & mare division by a length over DC WILLEYS SONG. It was another length and a half to third place finisher, SAND ON FIRE.
RB BURN BABY BURN covered the one mile distance in fractions of 27.05; 54.07 and 1:37.00. Final time was 1:52.38 over a fast track.
Mutuels for the winning 0.90-1 favorite returned $3.80, $3.00 and $2.40. DV WILLEYS SONG returned $6.40 and $3.60 for the place, and SAND ON FIRE paid $4.40 for show. BREEZELL LSP; DORMANES FANTASY CS; MY VAZ IS HOT; DJETS TIGRESS; FLEUR DAMOUR and GOGO DANCER CS completed the order of finish.
With the winner's share of the purse, RB BURN BABY BURN increased her earnings to $90,200. Her career record now reads 15-7-2-3.