Two horses played the black stallion in this movie: Cass Ole, who played the horse in the first movie; and El Mokhtar, a famous Egyptian Arab racer who was used in the racing scenes. Sadly, El Mokhtar died of colic during the making of the film.
Some critics felt the film's portrayal of Arabs was racist. Roger Ebert wrote, "The Arabs are portrayed in this movie as the usual greasy, obnoxious buffoons that have been so popular in the movies ever since the oil crisis; I guess the message is that it's OK to be racist, as long as your targets live far away and don't buy many movie tickets. The Arab villain is played by Allen Goorwitz, a good character actor who is so far off-base here it's pathetic."