Houston, Texas, USA - January 10, 2011
Two highly regarded annual Arabian breeding auctions with years of reputable history have united for the benefit of the Darley Awards 2011. The combined auction offers a collection of top USA & International Arabian Race Sires, including the leading sire in the U.S. industry.
The auction format is online and runs from January 28th to January 31st, 2011.
Stallion owners generously donated their stallion breedings for this special event with an unwavering commitment to the Arabian racing industry. Auction prices start at 50% of the published fees.
Buyers of these breedings will have fun with competitive bidding and feel pride they are not only doing a great service for their own breeding programs, but are playing a vital role in holding up the Darley tradition. Everyone with interest in the Arabian horse and its historical role in the horse racing sport is encouraged to participate.
The equivalent of the Eclipse Awards in the Thoroughbred racing world, The Darley Awards were founded in 1987 to honor the best in Arabian horse racing. This distinguished black-tie ceremony recognizes the most outstanding racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers and breeders of the Arabian horse community. The Darley Awards are sponsored each year by the Arabian Racing Cup and will take place this year on March 5th, 2011 in Houston, Texas. The event has been held in various venues, but has found home in Texas for the last 3 years.
The Darley weekend includes Graded stakes races at Sam Houston Race Park and other events. The Darley theme this year, "Hats Off to the Champions," flaunts festive Derby Hats in celebration of Arabian Racing´s first stakes race at the important Keeneland race track in the state of Kentucky. This grade 1 event, The President of the UAE Cup, was part of an international race series and marked an important step for Arabian racing in USA.
Texas Arabian Breeders Association (TABA) plays a leading role in Arabian racing and is an affiliate of the USA Arabian Racing organization, the Arabian Jockey Club. Organized in part to help assure Arabian horses a solid place in Texas horse racing, TABA was formed in 1988. Many of those making up the first TABA Board of Governors had made certain that the Texas Racing Act of 1987 included Arabian horses as a racing breed, along with the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse. This legislation guaranteed these racing breeds the right to race at all Texas pari-mutuel horse racing tracks, and Arabians enjoy racing opportunities at all three Class 1 horse racing tracks in Texas.
TABA's main job as an organization is to act as the liaison between the Texas Racing Commission, the racetracks and the other racing breed organizations. No less important is TABA's job of managing and promoting the Accredited Texas-Bred program, and coordinating racing meets with organizations in other states. Details about TABA, Texas Arabian horse racing and the Accredited Texas-Bred program can be found on TABA's website, www.texasarabianbreeders.com.
For more information or reservations for the 2011 Darley Awards, visit www.arabianracingcup.com.
To bid online for breedings to the Auction stallions benefiting the Darley Awards, visit www.racearabians.com.
Todd Moak, Stallion Breeding Auction Manager 409-429-7142
Texas Arabian Breeders Association (TABA)
P.O. Box 215
Forney, TX 75126