Paddy’s Day proves yet again that he’s a living legend
Paddy’s Day (Burning Sand) had previously annexed the US’s mostly richly endowed PA race in 2016 at Churchill Downs. Fast-forwarding to October 3rd, but at Pimlico this time, he repeated the feat in the 2020 edition of the UAE President Cup (Gr1 PA).
An exceptional context. Ridden by Alex Cintron, Paddy’s Day went the shortest way round in this race. After duelling with Uptown Cruisedirector (Burning Sand) in the straight, he eventually prevailed by half a length. Uptown Sandy Girl (Burning Sand) was all of seven lengths further adrift in third. It proved to be a remarkable result for the stallion dominating the US scene, Burning Sand (San Lou Romirz), as his progeny filled the first three places. The 1,700m (8 1/2f) race drew a field of 12 and formed part of the Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico. It marked the second time that a PA race in the US has coincided with a leg of the US Triple Crown race for English thoroughbreds. Due to the Covid-19 crisis only 300 owners were granted entry to the racecourse. The previous winners of the UAE President Cup at Pimlico include TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand). The Darley PA Horse of the Year in 2011, he landed the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA) in 2012 prior to becoming a successful PA stallion in France.
A glorious coming together. The UAE President Cup, the global Arabian horse racing series, first saw the light of day in 1994. It has graced the US stage on 15 occasions and is undoubtedly that nation’s most significant race for PA horses. Plans are already in place to stage the race in 2021. Susan Meyer, the Arabian Jockey Club president, said: "We are so thankful to have been part of such a historic day. The horses put on a spectacle and it was such an exciting finish. We can’t thank the UAE President Cup Committee, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Pimlico team, and all of the Arabian owners, trainers, and jockeys – enough for providing an amazing all-round experience. We look forward to the possibility of again being a part of the Preakness experience next year, and for years to come. " Faisal Al Rahmani, the chairman of the UAE President Cup Committee, added: "The UAE President Cup which was staged this past weekend at Pimlico Racecourse on Preakness day illustrated the best that English thoroughbred and PA racing has to offer in the US. The growing relationship between the UAE President Cup Committee, the Arabian Jockey Club, the Maryland Jockey Club, and Pimlico Racecourse, should ensure that this race has a bright future."
He even beat his own son!
The victory provided Paddy’s Day with his 27th career win from a total of 48 starts, but it marked a first for the horse’s new trainer Nicole Ruggeri.
He remains the only PA horse trained in the US to have bankrolled a $1 million. His roll of honour includes 16 Group PA wins, including the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (Gr1 PA) in Dubai. Paddy’s Day has won twice this season. In the Jerry Partin Stakes at Arapahoe in August, he delivered a historic win by accounting for a field which included one of his own sons, QMR Big John (out of a Munjiz mare).
The Darley Horse of the Year on three occasions, Paddy’s Day is the first foal of AK Loretta (Virgule Al Maury), the winner of a maiden race. Bred by Jane and Ray Teutsch, Paddy’s Day currently races in the colours of his breeders, having previously raced under the banner of the Quarter Moon Ranch. Lore (Wiking), the grandam, is also responsible for generating Richlore (TH Richie), the winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 2) (Gr1 PA). Owner-breeder Jane Teutsch said: "He’s the only PA horse in the US that has earned the accolade of a ‘legend in his own time,’ and he proved yet again that he is a legend."
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