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Market' takes the 'Day


HRH Prince Faisal bin Salman's Market Day (GB) scored her first stakes victory in the Scottsdale Handicap at Turf Paradise on Saturday going one mile on the turf with jockey Ann Von Rosen in the irons. The 3-year-old filly broke from the inside post and settled nicely at the back of the pack. She made a strong move turning for home, circling the field and winning in hand by two and a half lengths.

The Tobougg (IRE) daughter began her career in Great Britain where she won three of eight starts. All of her victories were sprint races on the polytracks at Lingfield and Wolverhampton. She was tried four times on turf courses but hit the board only once. She was shipped to Southern California last fall and ran in two sprint stakes on dirt without success, however, she seems to relish the turf courses in America.

After working the filly on the turf, trainer Eoin Harty decided to try her in the Scottsdale. "She works considerably better on the turf and has a very different action," said Harty. "She showed a very good turn of foot when called upon at the top of the stretch."

Market Day was bred in Great Britain by Biddestone Stud and was purchased at the 2006 Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale for $197,000. She is out of the Darshaan (GB) mare Makhsusah (IRE).

Prince Faisal bin Salman is a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family and a media executive. He is the son of the Governor of Riyadh Province, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, and is a graduate of Oxford University. Following the death of his brother Prince Ahmed of the Thoroughbred Corp., he took over as Chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, reportedly the largest media company in the Middle East and North and Central Africa. He was named "The Man of the Year 2004 in Business" at the 2005 Saudi Achievement Awards ceremony. Prince Faisal owns Belgrave Bloodstock and races mainly in England.

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