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El Kabeir earns 10 Points in the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ Series Race

Added on: Dec. 2, 2014

El Kabeir, ridden by Irad Ortiz, won this Saturday’s Grade 2 $233,000 at Churchill Downs, beating runner up Imperia by a head. Imperia was closing in on the leader in the final stretch but failed to take the lead. This was El Kabeir’s first recorded stakes win and this victory added 10 points towards the ‘Road to Kentucky Derby’ series of races for El Kabeir.

Finishing fourth in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park and in second place in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct, El Kabeir surprised everyone by holding off Imperia in the final stride. “He came out of the last race a little tired so I went easy with him the first couple of weeks, and we actually missed a work coming in here and I knew we were coming in a little on the short side. I got one good work into him since then,” said El Kabeir’s trainer, John Terranova.

He went on to say, “He ran on a real deep and tiring track that day in the Nashua and ran into a real strong head wind up the backstretch and got a little keen with Irad up the backstretch with the blinkers on first time so I pulled those right off.” These comments came from the official Kentucky Derby website.

El Kabeir is the grey two-year-old son of American Thoroughbred racehorse Scat Daddy. This was a formidable win in the seven-furlong maiden race for El Kabeir, which is owned by Zayat Stables. Trainer Terranova believes that El Kabeir can only improve with more distance and this win brings El Kabeir’s total career earnings to an incredible $268,892.

El Kabeir completed the 11/16 miles in a total time of 1:44 4/5 and paid $16.60 to win as the 7/1 third choice among two-year-olds. “We just thought we'd ship to see how he shipped, first time going on the road. He's a real talented colt. He's just a little bit trying to find his balance,” added Terranova.

Imperia ran well in the first dirt attempt for American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. In third place was 8-1 Eagle and the 7-5 favourite, Lord Nelson, ended up finishing in fifth. Remember to keep checking back with us on a weekly basis for more of the latest US horse racing related stories.