By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on January 20th, 2013 in General
Based on the racing records of some specific horse lines in the Middle East, and on the identity of horses from these lines imported to the USA, here is a list of US Arabian horse lines that would be expected to do well in the competitive racing and endurance realms, in addition to the *Hadba Davenport line, already discussed below:
— Any line tracing to any of the Hearst imports, especially *Layya, *Lebnaniah, *Bint Rajwa, *Mounwer, *Bourhane and *Kouhailane. All these were good race horses in Lebanon prior to their importation to the USA in 1947. There is one Al Khamsa line left to *Layya.
— Any line tracing to *King John, a good race horse himself when in Egypt, and a representative of the superior line of Saqlawi Jadran of Dari al-Mahmoud, many representatives of which were either race winners in the Middle East or sires and dams of race winners (e.g., the desert bred Saqlawi Ebbo, a close relative of *King John’s, and the sire of ‘Ataba, an outstanding race horse who sired the Hindi US import of *Bint Attebe). *King John had a thin line in Al Khamsa through Beau Nusik, but it is now gone.
— Any line to the Hindi imports, *Dalal, *Bint Attebe, *Daham, *Jamil Zamen, and *Jamila Zamen (both by Zaffee Zamen, a.k.a Safi al-Zaman, another race horse in Beirut in the 1940s. There is one asil mare left from this line in the USA.
— Any line to the BLUE STAR mare *Sindidah, whose sire Bulaybil was a good race horse in Beirut in the early 1950s. Many Al Khamsa horses left here.
— Any line to the Tahawi mare *Malouma, imported to the USA in the 1920s at the same time as King John. Al Khamsa line extinct.
— Any line to El Nasser at the EAO. He was another good race horse in Beirut in the 1940s.
When I have the time, I am going to look for any racing records of horses tracing to these horses, and see what comes out.
Here’s a piece of advice to race horse owners in this country: breed asil horses from these lines to each other, without giving further consideration to artificial labels (e.g., BLUE STAR, Straight Egyptian, Davenport, etc..). It has not been done before, except incidentally.