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Amor Amor, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Amor Amor, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Behind us is the first half of the racing season at the Warsaw Służewiec Racetrack. During these 29 racing days 84 races for Arabian horses were held (41 for 3 year-olds and 43 for 4 year olds and above).

Sabat, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Sabat, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Among the older horses the primacy is definitely held by the German gelding Amor Amor (by Nougatin). This season he raced three times, winning easily in the Comet Stakes, placing third in Hamburg’s Qatar Cup and denying his rivals any chances in the international Europa Cup race.

A sensational performance was also given by his peer Sabat (by Wojsław), who had a year’s break caused by an injury. In three starts (Bandos St., Ofir St. and Kurozwęki St.) the colt

New Man, fot. Urszula Nadolska
New Man, fot. Urszula Nadolska

easily moved away from his rivals on the final straight, however during the Europa Cup he was not able to establish a fight with Amor Amor for the top position and with huge effort just managed to secure the second spot. On the 27th of May the colt set a track record over a distance of 2400 m (2’46”). Last year’s Derby winner Eliat (by Eldon) was placed in the Stake races (2nd in the Comet St. and Kurozwęki St.; 3rd in the Ofir St.), won the rather weakly entered Figaro St., but ended his performance in the Europa Cup with a distant 7th position.

Essential, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Essential, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Among the “Derby-old” group were several horses that deserve a mention. From the beginning of the season a top form was displayed by New Man (by Major). He began his starts with a win in the Skowronek Prize, a first group race (2000 m), establishing a track record of 2’16,4”. His further achievements were a second place in the Ofir St. and a defeat (after a fight) in the Arabian Produce – Janów Podlaski St. Luck failed him in the Derby, as a damp track surface is not New Man’s strong point. The colt came in seventh. His last start in this season was a distant, fourth spot in the Europa Cup.

Demeter, fot. Tomasz Celmer
Demeter, fot. Tomasz Celmer

His stablemate – Essential (by Arzgir) – prior to winning the Arabian Produce – Janów Podlaski St., placed third in the Bandos St. and Kabaret Prize. He also did not have much success in the Derby. Among the fillies the primacy without a doubt belongs to Michałów’s Demeter (by Wojsław). This frontal filly won a second group race and Kabaret Prize (a first group race) “from start to finish”. Her jockey maintained the same tactic for the Derby, but she did not manage to keep the lead and landed a close third in the end. Perhaps if not for the hard going, she would have been this year’s Derby conqueror. The filly that stole that victory is the US-born Orgia Fata (by Chndaka). This season the filly was always placed in races with a set-up of hardy colts (3rd place – Comet St., 4th place – Ofir St.).

Leading sires of 4 year old horses and above:

Elsana, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Elsana, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

1. Ganges – 5
    Wojsław – 5
2. Major – 3
    Bengali D’Albert – 3
    Arzgir – 3
    Eldon – 3
    Wiliam – 3

Among the 3-year-olds the primacy belongs to the fillies, both trained by Jan Głowacki. The first one, Elsana (by Gafal), after two wins (in a second and first group race) won the

Magna S, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Magna S, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

international Białka St. after a fight to her stablemate Magna S (by Prince d’Orient). This German filly has huge potential, however her character causes some problems. After a second group victory she won the Europejczyk St. in a dead-heat with Om-Karma (by Wiliam). The latter, third in our rating, began her starts with a second group win to later lose to Wadi Nur. In the last start, Białka St., she placed fourth. Among the colts stands out Wadi Nur (by Gazal Al Shaqab) – with two wins, a 3rd place in the Białka St. and 4th in the Europejczyk St. Two wins this season can also be boasted by: Minorella, Malajka, Muskat and Odys. The premiere lot by Derby winner Gafal definitely shine most brightly. His progeny won six times, similar to the progeny of Gazal Al Shaqab. However the latter has twice more offspring than Gafal.

Wadi Nur i Om-Karma, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Wadi Nur i Om-Karma, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Leading sires of 3 year old horses:

1. Gafal – 6
    Gazal Al Shaqab – 6
2. Wiliam – 4
    El Bak – 4
3. Major – 3
    Avangard – 3

Among the breeders the first place belongs to Michałów Stud – with 8 wins, including the Kabaret Prize (Demeter). At second place – Janów Podlaski Stud – with 7 wins and as the breeder of Sabat (winner in the Ofir and Kurozwęki St.). Further places were taken by private breeders.

Leading breeders:

1. Michałów Stud – 8
2. Janów Podlaski Stud – 7
3. Agnieszka Wójtowicz – 6
    Z. Duplicki – 6
4. M. zu Fürstenberg – 5
5. J. Głowacki – 4
    J. Heitzschold – 4
    Z. Górski – 4
    A. Mroczek – 4

The most wins belonged to horses trained by Andrzej Wójtowicz – 14 (Essential in the Arabian Produce – Janów Podlaski St. and Eliat in Figaro St.). Second was Jan Głowacki with 12 wins. Two of his 3 year old fillies won Stake races – Magna S (Europejczyk St.) and Elsana (Białka St.).

Orgia Fata, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Orgia Fata, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Leading trainers:

1. A. Wójtowicz – 14
2. J. Głowacki – 12
3. A. Wyrzyk – 8
    D. Kałuba – 8
4. S. Sałagaj – 7
5. M. Duplicki – 6

Among the jockeys Aleksander Reznikov is the definite champion, with 17 wins including the most important race for 4-year-olds – the Derby. Second place belongs to Mirosław Pilich, who triumphed in 12 group races and 2 Stake races for 3-year-olds – Europejczyk and Białka St. Piotr Piątkowski noted two wins less.

Wadi Nur, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt
Wadi Nur, fot. Zuzanna Zajbt

Leading jockeys:

1. A. Reznikov – 17
2. M. Pilich – 14
3. P. Piątkowski – 12
4. W. Szymczuk – 10
5. S. Wasiutow – 8

Before we see the end of the 2007 season, there are still 26 racing days left.

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