|Daily Racing Form|
|Monday, July 22
|Reaction to the death of Prince Ahmed|
Reaction to the death Monday of Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who dominated thoroughbred racing in recent years with Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and 2001 horse of the year Point Given:
''When I started riding his horses, he told me, 'Don't worry,
Victor, I will make you famous.' I was very happy for him because
he really wanted to win the Kentucky Derby.''
''He added a great deal to the industry and was certainly looked
upon with great acclaim. The Thoroughbred Corporation was so widely
known and was so involved in every aspect of the industry. They
bred Point Given themselves.''
''He was very passionate about horses and about racing. He had a
wild enthusiasm that was infectious. When one of his horses was
running in the lead, he'd be screaming and jumping. ... You
couldn't help but get excited right along with him. Away from the
race track, he was just a joy to be around -- very generous, kind
and fun-loving with a terrific sense of humor. He showed a lot of
confidence in us retiring Point Given here and then sending Spain
our way. I know I'll miss him personally as well as
''He never took himself very seriously. He enjoyed the way he
was accepted in the racing community. People sought him out. When
he won the Kentucky Derby, he was on a high for about a week. He
loved the way the American people and racing accepted him,
especially this year.''
''Having campaigned such thoroughbred stars as War Emblem, Point
Given, Spain, Sharp Cat and many others, Prince Ahmed distinguished
himself as a man who competed and thrived at our sport's highest
levels. His record as an owner, breeder and purchaser at auction
will leave an indelible mark on the sport that he loved so
''I'm in shock. When you go through a Triple Crown together, you
get really close. He was like family. His passion for horses was
incredible -- he lived and breathed them.''
''Prince Salman had a lifelong passion for horse racing, and his
personal investment in our sport was a labor of love. The horses he
campaigned proved themselves champions on and off the track, and
their star power generated much positive attention for our sport.
The Prince's commitment to racing was unwavering, and his
infectious enthusiasm for the game will be greatly missed. Prince
Salman held the Kentucky Derby in the highest esteem -- he loved and
appreciated the Derby's legacy as much as we do. Churchill Downs -- and all of racing -- has lost a remarkable horsemen and true fan.''
''He had major flair and loved the game and was continuing to
grow in the sport. At 43, everybody was looking forward to him
having a long, long career in the industry and he was definitely a
boost to thoroughbred racing.''
War Emblem owner Prince Ahmed dies at 43