Now We Look Forward to See What Will Happen in 2023!
The Arabian Racing Association of California
For the love of racing Arabians - Stay and Race With California!
California Wathba Stallions Cup at Colorado 2022
And the 2022 Arabian Racing Season
Report on the 2022 Racing Season by Evelyn Call
THE BAD NEWS
The efforts to race our Arabians on the 2022 California County Fair circuit were not successful. An expected drop in the cost of Workman’s Comp insurance did not happen, and this is hard to understand as there has not been a known claim for Arabians in the last dozen years. Instead, the premiums were almost doubled. At the same time, negotiations with CARF did not improve purse money, making it difficult for owners to break even racing in California.
THE GOOD NEWS
Colorado offered to host our trainers and owners at Arapahoe Park for the season. The better purses made up for a good deal in the cost of transportation, and a the beginning of the meet, Arapahoe twice raised their purse money by $2,000 each time, adding a total of $4,000 added money to the take home.
A number of our California horses did well at Arapahoe. Michael Gomez RB Hashtag, trained by Terri Eaton, started his second season with a 4th place, then caught a 3rd place, and topped it with the win on 1 October for the Allowance race of 7 furlongs. Michael’s Cody Man AA placed third in the August Wathba Stallions Cup race, then placed fourth in the September last race of the series, gathering another three thirds for the season. Stablemate, WMA Smoke Signal, in his first year of racing and owned by Michael’s City Slickers Racing LLC, was second in all three Wathba Stallions Cup races, and then placed second to RB Hashtag in the Allowance race. Also racing the 3- yr-old filly, WMA Got It for her first season, City Slickers Racing LLC saw her place 2nd, take a 4th, and win her maiden race on 18 September.
Since Dream Pearl+/ retired this year and is home, pregnant, and getting fat, her daughter by No Risk Al Maury, owned by Terrie Eaton and Cory Soltau, has taken up the family business. Now in her second year of racing, Dreamm has come into her own as a 4 yr- old at Arapahoe. Four races made four wins. She broke her maiden on 18 July in her first race, she next won the July Wathba Stallions Cup, then won the ARAC Distaff, and capped the season with the 26 September win in the Emirates Breeders VIP Distaff. Good job trainer Terri Eaton and assistant, Jose Gonzales.
Terri Eaton and others have been working to arrange for Arabian races this Fall at Los Alamitos in Southern California. The track is privately owned and not subject to CARF. As of this writing, the negotiations are ongoing. The outcome might depend on how many horses are available. A number of the CA horses have come home from Colorado while others have gone to Texas.
Please let Terri know right away if your horses might be available for racing at Los Alamitos.
Arapahoe Race Track Dates and Wins for 2022 California Wathba Stallions Cup at Colorado
Sunday, 31 July – 5 furlongs – WINNER – Dreamm (No Risk Al Maury x Dream Pearl by Burning Sand)
Sunday, 21 August – 5 ½ furlongs – WINNER – RS Risk Taker (No Risk Al Maury x Montana Babe)
Sunday, 11 September – 6 furlongs – WINNER – RS Risk Taker (No Risk Al Maury x Montana Babe)
Congratulations all that raced!
LOOKING AT 2023
We don’t know what 2023 racing will look like. The ARAC Board is and will be working hard to continue Arabian
racing in California.
BUT, there are obstacles in California law that need to be changed so that moneys generated by Arabians
racing would come back to the Arabians, rather than going into the Thoroughbred organization.
This is difficult and takes time for changes to be made.
It is very important for everyone in racing to support each other.
The higher the numbers, the louder the voice.
If you are an ARAC member, please renew when the notice comes out or best, DO IT NOW!
If you are not a member, we urge you to join. We need more trainers for potential Arabian race horse owners and
owners to test their young horse on the track. Hard to say which comes first, but current TB trainers can train
Arabians. Most just haven’t thought about it. Terri Eaton does both. Helen Shelley trained Arabians, mules, etc.
There are owners raising young horses for endurance and other active sports, who have horses well suited for
the track. Encourage anyone you know to give it a try. We’re at a difficult stage right now but not impossible
if we all work together!
Look For Change In Racing Foal Registration
Soon to be online – New Registration Procedure for foals intended to race: The Registry has issued a new registration procedure and Registration & Racing Application form, effective 03/22, for foals 0 to 6 months of age intended to race. The DNA testing & microchip would be done as part of this original registration process, and eliminate having to repeat and pay added fees later to exchange regular registration for racing papers.
Don’t leave money on the table – Register your horses and take advantage of Cal-Bred racing money.
Anyone who is breeding Arabians in California, especially for endurance or other athletic activities, should consider racing their Cal-Bred eligible foals. Also, though out-of-state stallions are not eligible for the program, their California conceived and foaled off-spring can be eligible. Stallions that are Cal-Bred Sire registered can use that information in their advertising as long as the stallion continues to be eligible.
We hope to see you all at the 2022 races.
Your Cal-Bred Committee,
Dorothy Burt, Evelyn Call, Cory Soltau
We Are Dedicated To Arabian Racing in California
IMPORTANT UPDATE to the Racing Insurance Supplement –
We are not racing in California in 2022, so this supplement will not be in effect in 2022.
Beginning in 2017, a Supplement Racing Fund was created to be used to offset the expense of the mandatory Insurance required to race in California. From this Supplement Fund, the 5th, 6th and 7th placing horses will receive $250.00 in ARAC races during the 2020 racing season.
The $10,000 fund is finite and will be used until the Fund is totally depleted. We hope to add more money to this Supplement Fund during the summer through donations and sponsors to support these horses throughout the entire 2020 racing season. It is our hope that by offsetting the expenses of racing in California, Arabian owners will appreciate the opportunity of racing without the financial burdens of past years.
Several owners, racing related businesses and other Arabian Racing enthusiasts have offered financial contributions to the Supplement Fund to guarantee the continued health of racing in California. Please consider joining them and help see California Arabian Racing grow.
For more information contact:
Cory Soltau DVM