Following Arabian Paddys Day's decisive victory in Saturday night's $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) at Churchill Downs, trainer Scott Powell plans on giving Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel the opportunity to ride his reigning Arabian Horse of the Year in Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel (GI) on Nov. 6 in the United Arab Emirates.
“We're going to Abu Dhabi in November and Calvin is coming,” Powell said. “You know what? We're going to do some damage. It's a different game but we're going to do some damage and we're going to do our best. We're pretty tough.”
Powell's admiration for the three-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) jockey began when he guided 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird to an upset victory in the 2009 edition of the Run for the Roses.
“To me, I wanted Calvin because, come on, our ranch is in New Mexico and who won the (2009) Derby with (New Mexico-trained) Mine That Bird? Borel,” Powell said. “It was the most incredible ride ever, and I thought, ‘You know what?' He's got three Derbies, he's stepped up above and beyond what we've got but no jockey has a Grade I Arabian stakes race at Churchill and those. Calvin's the best. We made history.”
Paddys Day earned his third Grade I victory against Arabians this year in Saturday night's President of the United Arab Emirates Cup under Borel. His other two came in the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Stakes at Sam Houston on Mar. 25 and Delaware Park Arabian Classic Handicap at Delaware Park on Sept. 10. He boasts a lifetime record of 23-16-5-0 with career earnings of $317,075.
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