American Our New Recruit Pulls Golden Shaheen Upset
Date Posted: 3/27/2004 11:37:35 AM
Last Updated: 3/27/2004 2:46:35 PM

Our New Recruit, pulled Golden Shaheen upset.
Photo: Associated Press
By Jason Ford
The Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), over the straight six furlongs of the Nad Al Sheba track, was expected to be won by an American horse, and so it proved. But very few predicted the winner. Cajun Beat, winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), was a warm favorite but could manage only fourth behind compatriots Our New Recruit and Alke.

The winner, C R K Stable's Our New Recruit, a 5-year-old entire son of Alphabet Soup  , was never far off the generous pace and he ran on strongly to the line, burning off Alke, Cajun Beat and Tsigane in the process under Alex Solis. Alke held on for second, with local hope Conroy staying on for third under Gary Stevens.

This was the fifth career win for John Sadler's sprinter, a minor stakes winner previously who was also placed in grade II company and was putting up a much improved display against some top-class sprinters. It was also a very brave display by the horse, who looked beat a furlong out when Alke and Cajun Beat appeared to have his measure. But he fought back and won going away in the end.

Bred by Thomas Graul, he provided Sadler with a first winner from his first runner at the world's richest race meeting and a delighted handler expanded: "He should have won both of his last two starts but enjoyed no luck whatsoever. He has improved steadily since he arrived and enjoyed this surface which is probably a bit softer than he is sued to. We will give him a rest and think about the Breeders' Cup."

The jockey, who holds the track record over course and distance having partnered Big Jag to victory in this race in 2000 and who celebrated his 40th birthday a couple of days ago was impressed: "He has done it well and fought all the way to the line. He may have looked in trouble from the stands but kept pulling out more. He has done it well in the end."

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