A grade one race for arabian horses will be held on the same day as the famous Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico in Maryland, next month.
The $1 million Preakness is the middle jewel in the Triple Crown for three-year-old thoroughbreds, and headlines the 14-race card on May 19.
The program also will feature the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for Arabian horses. The race is limited to 14 horses and will be run on the main track at 1-1/16 miles.
Arabians, progenitor of thoroughbred horses through the line of the great sire Eclipse, will be seen racing by millions.
The Maryland House Ways and Means committee passed an emergency bill during the General Assembly, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 10, authorizing Pimlico Race Course to conduct live racing of Arabian horses under certain circumstances.
“Adding the top Arabian race to what is already a first-class series of races will enhance the value of the day,” Pimlico president Tom Chuckas said. “We are pleased to partner with the UAE for this historic event and look forward to future opportunities.”
The President of the UAE Cup Series was established more than 20 years ago to promote and celebrate the Arabian breed internationally. It was the first international racing series for Arabian horses and continues to be considered as the world’s premier racing series for the breed. Last year’s running of The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup was held at Churchill Downs in mid-June.
Preakness Day fans will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes drawing that has a grand prize of a Five-Star trip to Abu Dhabi.