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For the 2016 First Condition Book
For 2016 Stall Applications,
From Colorado to the National Stage
by Jonathan Horowitz
All three nominees for the 2015 Arabian Horse of the Year—Dc Willeys Song, Paddys Day, and So Big Is Better—were based in Colorado at Arapahoe Park last summer. The winner will be announced at the Darley Awards recognizing the best Arabian horses and horsemen in the United States on April 1 at the Dolby Theatre, also the site of the Oscars in Hollywood, California.
Dc Willeys Song captured the COBRA Distaff and the Uptown Ladies Distaff at Arapahoe Park in 2015. Paddys Day won the Jerry Partin COBRA Sprint and the COBRA Classic. So Big Is Better, the Horse of the Year in 2013, was victorious in the Last Chance Arabian Sprint at Arapahoe Park en route to wins in the Delaware Park Arabian Classic and the Sheikh Zayed Cup at Los Alamitos.
Dc Willeys Song, a 7-year-old mare in 2015 owned by Jon Henningsgard, trained by Ken Danyluk and Lynn Ashby, and ridden by Travis Wales, is also nominated in the Older Mare category. After earning her first victories of 2015 at Arapahoe Park in the summer, she then went on to win the Buzz Brauninger Arabian Distaff at Delaware Park and the Shadwell Texas Distaff at Lone Star Park. Wales is nominated for a Darley Award in the Jockey category, and Henningsgard is nominated in the Owner category.
Paddys Day, who won the 2015 Triple Jewel, also received a nomination for top 4-Year-Old representing the Quarter Moon Ranch of trainer Scott and wife Lori Powell, Jim Schleimer, and Nicki Forbes-Robinson. The Quarter Moon Ranch is up for a Darley Award in the Owner division, and Scott Powell received a nomination in the Trainer division. Paddys Day’s breeder, Jane Teutsch, and jockey, Kelsi Purcell, were nominated in the Breeder and Jockey categories, respectively. Also in the 4-Year-Old category, Es Mi Cielo captured a race in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series at Arapahoe Park in 2015.
So Big Is Better is nominated in the Older Horse division. As an 11-year-old in 2015, he became the oldest horse of any breed to win a Grade 1 race in the United States. Rb Rich, the winner of the Altitude Stakes and a top-three finisher in all six of his Arapahoe Park races in 2015, also received a nomination in the division.
The Darley Awards were first held in 1983. This year’s festivities, which are organized by the Arabian Racing Cup and sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, will also include the inaugural running of the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes at Santa Anita Park on April 2.