Thanks for the article Morasgirl.
Stanislav, that's where I'm torn. I am talking about foundation Arabians... I'm just talking about the speed blood portion of them. This forum is huge, and it was hard enough finding my way here, let alone picking the proper thread to start it on. I'll find the racing part and crosspost to there...
There have been a few strong racing programs in the breed. Here is a very brief history of one program. The Kubela Ranch was one of the greats. They owned and raced the great Kontiki. John Rogers who owned Serafix was a big fan of endurance. He imported several desert racing mares from the Middle East who were not known for their beauty, but were very athletic. He bred those mares to Serafix and produced a couple of great stallions. Meteor was shown and raced. His daughters were crossed with Kontiki. SX Champion was by Serafix, out of Subaiha. He produced several race winning stallions out of Kontiki daughters and daughters out of Kontiki bred mares. These bloodlines are still being used and are still winning today as they cross well on the French and Polish lines. The Rogers and Kubelas were friends for many years. They crossed the Serafix with the Kontiki and produced many greats in Arabian racing. After Mrs. Rogers died and Mr. Kubela died, John Rogers married Robbie Kubela, sold the farm in CA and moved to Seguin, TX where they focused on race horses until the ranch was dispersed shortly before Robbie died. I have incorporated some of these lines into my own program. They are durable and athletic, and very good minded to boot. Here are some photos I pulled off the Datasource of these old horses. There are none of SX Champion, but I have included a photo of the daughter I have. She was raced at 4, has produced 3 winning race horses and we showed her successfully at 19 last year. She is shown with her 2009 colt by my Serafix grandson.
Sheza Champ Ku and SX Valorrs Champion