Bred by Helen Alexander and her mother, Helen Groves, Festival of Light retires with three wins and earnings of $632,291 from nine starts in Dubai and North America. He is a half-brother to grade I winner Arch, and his dam, New York stakes winner Aurora (by Danzig) is a daughter of champion Althea. Festival of Light's third dam is Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee.
Festival of Light, Dubai's Horse of the Year in 2001 for Godolphin Racing, will enter stud at Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer's Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. The 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy will stand for $4,000.A $975,000 Keeneland September yearling, Festival of Light captured the 2001 Jebel Ali Hotel & Resort Godolphin Mile (UAE-III)) in his stakes debut after winning his two previous races by a total of 17 lengths. Jockey David Flores described the stakes "as one of the greatest races I've ever ridden. I didn't even have to use the whip."