Preakness features Arabian horses

PIMLICO, Md. (WMAR) - A field of 10 will go the gate in the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for purebred Arabian horses on the Preakness Stakes undercard Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

The run will be 1 1/6-miles on the main track, the Cup will be contested between the third and fourth races, with an estimated post time of 12:02 p.m.

The first post on the 13-race Preakness card begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Presided of the United Arab Emirates Cup is part of an international series sponsored by Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE.

TM Fred Texas is the 8 to 5 program favorite for the race. Breaking from the outside post under jockey Abel Castellano, the 5-year-old Texas-bred is making his 2012 debut, having won nine of 13 career starts, including the Kahayla Classic.

The Presidents of the UAE Cup series was created 20 years ago to promote and celebrate the Arabian breed internationally, and is recognized as the world's premier racing series for the breed.

The field for The Presidents of the United Arab Emirates Cup, from the rail out: 1. French Fry (trainer Lynn Ashby, jockey Kelsi Purcell, 123 pounds, 15-1); 2. Status Symboll (Ken Danyluk, Marvin Suerland, 123, 8-1); 3. Dixies Valentine (Ronald Martino, Santos Chavez, 123, 3-1); 4. Rich Frynchman (Tracy Nunley, Faleh Nafferss Bughenaim, 123, 6-1); 5. Spin Doctor (Tracy Nunley, Oliver Castillo, 123, 20-1); 6. Grilla (Bill Waldron, Ricardo Chiappe, 123, 6-1); 7. Ovour The Top (Lynn Ashby, Esteban Unsihuay, 123, 20-1); 8. So Bigger Is Better (Scott Powell, Robert Paz, 123, 12-1); 9. Born To Boogie MC (Tracy Nunley, Ricardo Santana Jr., 123, 10-1); 10. TM Fred Texas (Ronald Martino, Abel Castellano Jr., 123, 8-5).

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