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Istanbul the favourite horse | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 16, 2011 – 12:01 AM


These horses pound the sand track during exercise at the Garrison Savannah. (FP)


All systems are set.The horses are fighting fit and in fantastic form; all looking to capture the 61st Barbados Guineas. 

The first jewel the Barbados Triple Crown, an event for West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres at allotted weights, is the premier race today at the Garrison Savannah. 

Twelve of the finest three-year-olds in training will vie for honours in Race 7 on this eight-race card. 

Despite the encouraging and sublime form of all entered it certainly has the makings of atwo-horse affair, at least on paper. 

The incredible colt owned by Lord Michael Taylor – Istanbul – looks set to eyeball Sir Charles Williams’ feisty filly Kendal Moon for the top prize. 

Istanbul, with the most decorative resume of six wins from ten starts, has defeated the leading contenders here and once again looks invincible. 

Noticeably he touched off Kendal Moon by a neck when they met in the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over today’s trip. Another win here will confirm it was no fluke.

Kendal Moon tasted defeat at the hands of Istanbul but it was an extremely gallant effort that could have gone either way with a little more luck. 

Going here she is lightly raced and has fresh legs. Additionally, Kendal Moon’s first-call rider Trotman has elected to stay with her. 

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward have four other entrants, to complete a record five-pronged attack in this classic. 

Reprise will lead the back-up contingent after her maiden victory in the Diamond International Mont Blanc Doue condition race over 1 570. She was then beaten into third place behind   Istanbul and Kendal Moon. It will take something very special for her to reverse positions.

On form, Vitality and stablemate Island Memories look evenly matched especially since Vitality turned the tables on Island Memories when they last met in the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, also at today’s trip.

These two could battle once again for the minor positions. The final entrant for Blue Diamonds Stables – Must Be The Money – could find himself out front doing rabbit work as his form is the least enticing.

Sir Charles’ second runner, the fleet-footed Slip Stream, is expected to make it hot up front. A repeat of her last race day performance will not come as a surprise all things being equal.

In that race the Realtors Limited Trophy condition race over 1 100 metres, she sped from the gates but ran out of steam in the homestretch. Slip Stream, very much like Must Be The Money, could wind up doing job work. 

The field is complemented by Jack Is Back, Verizon, Wingman, Ocean Pride and Sweet Bottom Suzy – all worthy opponents despite venturing into the lion’s den. 

My Picks:
Race 1: Atomic Bomb; Race 2: Uncle Jerry; Race 3: Byhookorbycreek; Race 4: Whatadeal; Race 5: Charge It; Race 6: Unreal; Race 7: Kendal Moon; Race 8: Slammin N Jammin.

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Very competitive field for Barbados Guineas

The Barbados Advocate | April 16, 2011

Race seven is the feature race on the Barbados Turf Club’s 8th day of racing at the Garrison Savannah today. It is the 61st running of the Barbados Guineas, which is for West Indian bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

This year’s race is unique, as seven of the horses in the 12 horse field have been bred by Sir Charles Williams, of which Kendal Moon is owned by him, while Slip Stream is owned by him and his wife Lady Williams. Both are very exciting fillies that are expected to be in the mix up at the end.

Four of the others Istanbul, Reprise, Island Memories and Vitality were purchased by Lord Michael Taylor from Sir Charles Williams, and are in the capable hands of trainer Andy Ward. All four have been performing extremely well, and are already closing in on $300 000 in earnings.

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Andy Ward also have Must Be In The Money in the race, and all five are capable of giving a good account of themselves. At the end it could be Instanbul, Reprise, Kendal Moon, Vitality and Island Memories fighting out the finish.

The supporting feature is race five, the Coo Bird Handicap for 3-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1570 metres. The ones to follow could be Bouncebak, Charge It and Ring Time.
Post time for the first race is 1.30pm, and the ones to follow could be Atomic Bomb, Randy Andy and Midnight Express.

In race two, Who’s Staying, Tornade, Up The Ante and King Of The Jungle could be the ones to follow.
The filly Daga, is coming off of three straight wins, and should be the one to beat in race three, while good runs are expected from Byhookorbycreek, and Royal Spirit.

The ones to follow in race four could be, The Milk Maid, Whatadeal, and Victoria Belle.

In race six, Millennium Mile could be the one to beat. However, Why Not Dance, Storm Warning and Unreal are dangers.

The final event is very competitive, which means that there should be a good superfecta payout. The one to beat could be Nomoreginrog, while Fredrica, Zaltarr and Sweet Enough could make up the superfecta combination.

Final Program For Day 8 – Saturday, April 16, 2011
The 61st Barbados Guineas Raceday Featuring The Barbados Guineas (GR.1R. – BAR) (The 1st Jewel Of The Barbados Triple Crown)

Race 1 [1:30 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1800m (Turf)
The Watercress (Handicap) West Indian Bred 4-Year-Old And Older Maidens
1. Poor Paul 108 A. Clarke Jr
2. Atomic Bomb 127 A. Bishop
3. B-O 112 A. Perch (7)
4. Midnight Express 108 J. Grant
5. Sylvia Helen SCRATCHED
6. Randy Andy 115 A. Trotman
7. Glistening SCRATCHED
8. Wild Dani 117 J. Croney (7)

Race 2 [2:00pm] Purse: $12 000 1800m (Turf)
The Viking (Handicap) 4-Year-Olds And Older Rated 48 – 70 (Also Open To 4-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 47 And Below)
1. Local Speed 120 K. John
2. Gone Prospecting 111 J. Grant
3. Proud Bajan (USA) 116 A. Trotman
4. Bloumberg (USA) 116 C. Husbands
5. Zergar 123 K. Cumberbatch (7)
6. King Of The Jungle 123 A. Bishop (3)
7. Up The Ante 119 V. Charles
8. Tornade (BT) 126 J. Samuel
9. Missed Storm (USA) 115 Affrie Ward (7)
10. Who’s Staying (USA) 122 R. Walcott
11. Victor Ludorum 114 A. Perch (7)
12. Uncle Jerry 120 R. Latchman (5)

Race 3 [2:30 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1570m (Turf)
The Pepperpot (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds
1. Northern Sheriff (USA)120 J. Leacock
2. Nile Queen 114 A. Trotman
3. Greeley Gone West (USA)114 C. Husbands
4. Tiny Tot 112 A. Perch
5. Royal Spirit (USA) 126 P. Leacock
6. Daga (USA) 130 A. Ward
7. Little Man Arran (USA) 115 K. John
8. Nomoreginrog (USA) SCRATCHED
9. Byhookorbycreek (USA) 121 R. Latchman (7)
10. Jusanotheropinion (USA) 115 R. Walcott
11. Aysha’s Time (USA) 108 J. Grant

Race 4 [3:05 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1570m (Turf)
The Best Wishes (Handicap) West Indian Bred 3-Year-Old Maidens
1. Dancing Days 120 J. Leacock
2. Wynterose (Res 5)108
3. Volcanic 117 A. Bishop (3)
4. The Milk Maid 116 J. Grant
5. Rossi (Res 2) 108
6. Angelic Peace (Res 1) 112
7. Dunwiddat SCRATCHED
8. Danica 113 K. Downes (7)
9. Takemehomedaddee 123 R. Latchman (5)
10. Ifnottodaytomorrow 112 Affrie Ward (7)
11. Kibu 118 A. Perch (7)
12. Re-Re 115 R. Cumberbatch
13. Indian Soul 121 K. John
14. Jamaica Quill SCRATCHED
15. Big Brother (Res 4) 108
16. Whatadeal 122 J. Samuel
17. Victoria Belle 116 Rickey Walcott
18. Captain Apache 125 C. Husbands
19. Born To Win (Res 3) 108

Race 5 [3:35 p.m.] Purse: $15 000 1570m (Turf)
The Coo Bird (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds And Older Rated 118 – 140 (Also Open To 3-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 117 And Below)
1. Charge It (USA) 130 Rickey Walcott
2. Who’s To Say (USA) 130 J. Leacock
3. Bouncebak 130 J. Samuel
4. Kingdora 122 C. Husbands
5. Rocamadour (USA) SCRATCHED
6. Mingun Temple (USA) SCRATCHED
7. Ring Time (USA) 108 J. Grant
8. Grace Chapel (USA) 106 A. Clarke Jr (7)
9. Purr Class (USA) 118 R. Latchman (5)
10. Apostle SCRATCHED

Race 6 [4:05 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1100m (Turf)
The Watersmeet (Handicap) 4-Year-Olds And Older Rated 15 – 40 (Also Open To 4-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 14 And Below)
1. Whataline 125 K. John
3. Millennium Mile 124 J. Samuel
4. Noble Inheritance 132 P. Leacock
5. Why Not Dance (USA) 129 R. Walcott
6. Midnight Express SCRATCHED
7. Cool Asa Breeze (USA) 126 F. Drakes-Small (7)
8. Voice Mail 124 D. Bynoe (7)
9. Inherit The Wind (USA) (Res 5)
10. Who’s Calling 124 A. Bishop (3)
11. Ting A Merry Slew 124 A. Perch (7)
12. Russian Roulette 125 Affrie Ward (7)
13. Family Affair (Res 1)
14. Unreal 125 K. Downes (7)
15. Storm Warning 126 R. Latchman (5)
16. Tears Of The Sun (Res 6)
17. Poor Paul (Res 2)
18. Inforthefun (USA) (T)129 V. Charles
19. Supercharge (Res 4)

Race 7 [4:40 p.m.] Purse: $40 000 1570m (Turf)
Plus Subscriptions Totaling $29,800.00 No Apprentice Allowance The 61st Barbados Guineas (Gr.1r. – Bar)
West Indian Bred 3-Year-Olds (Allotted Weight)
1. Volcanic (Res 2)
2. Istanbul 126 P. Leacock
3. Kendal Moon 121 A. Trotman
4. Reprise 121 J. Samuel
5. Captain Apache (Res 3)
6. Island Memories 126 J. Leacock
7. Must Be The Money 126 V. Charles
8. Foxy Baba (Res 1)
9. Jack Is Back 126 Affrie Ward
10. Verizon 126 A. Bishop
11. Vitality 126 Ricky Walcott
12. Slip Stream 121 C. Husbands
13. Sweet Bottom Suzy 121 R. Latchman
14. Wingman 126 R. A. Cumberbatch
15. Ocean Pride 126 K. John

Race 8 [5:15 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1100m (Turf)
The Ginger Lily (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds And Older Rated 60 – 85 (Also Open To 3-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 59 And Below)
1. Zaltarr 119 A. Bishop (3)
2. Run Alke Run (USA) 112 R. Latchman (5)
3. Slammin N’ Jammin (USA) 121 K. John
4. Sweet Enough 123 C. Husbands
5. No Spin Zone SCRATCHED
6. Fedrica 121 Affrie Ward (7)
7. Spellbound 117 V. Charles
8. Nomoreginrog (USA) 124 A. Trotman
9. Golden Moment 117 Rickey Walcott
10. Pure Temptation (USA) 128 J. Samuel
11. Lamara 110 J. Grant
12. Most Wanted (Res 2)
13. Outeniqua 122 J. Leacock
14. Vandross 126 A. Perch (7)
15. Greeley Gone West (USA) SCRATCHED
16. Fuh Real (Res 1)
17. Ring Time (USA) SCRATCHED
18. Victor Ludorum SCRATCHED

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Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

The Barbados Advocate | April 3, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor trio of Istanbul, Vitality and Island Memories, yesterday afternoon romped home first, second and third, in the Barbados Turf Club’s feature race, at the Garrison Savannah, the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados bred three-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

The three, all trained by Andy Ward, were most impressive, and he has to be complimented for bringing these three young colts bred by Sir Charles Williams, to be the leading three-year-olds to date.

From the time starter Mark Batson sent the nine horse field on their way, jockey Jalon Samuel put Vitality to the front, and he was followed by Istanbul with Kyle Carter. These two were followed for most of the way by Cinnamon Jane, owned by Jane’s Girls, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle, while just behind was Island Memories.

Vitality continued in the lead until reaching two furlongs out when he was pressed by Istanbul for the lead, as the Andrew Nunes trained Cinnamon Jane was giving way to Island Memories who was moving into third.
Turning for home Istanbul took up the running and ran out an easy winner, while Vitality who set the early fractions held on for second, with Island Memories third, and Cinnamon Jane fourth.

The supporting feature the Realtors Limited Trophy (Condition Race) for imported (non-West-Indian-bred) three-year-old maidens and West Indian bred three-year-old winners, sprinting 1100 metres, lived up to its exceptions, as the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams-owned, speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes, and ridden by Anderson Trotman, opened a three-length lead by the time they had reached the three furlong pole, and with two furlongs to go she had opened a six length lead, and looked like she was cruising to victory.

However, Kyle Carter on the Jonathan Simpson trained Graeme Hill, owned by Bill & Hayley Blevin had other ideas, and was able to catch the filly, who was shortening badly in the last furlong on the wire to win. Slip Stream held on for second. Third was Greeley Gone West, owned by Luther Miller 111 JP, and Suzanne Miller, ridden by Jalon Samuel, and trained by Victor Cheeseman, while Intact, finishing fourth.

The Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy (Handicap), for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1100 metres, produced an outstanding finish, when the Melrose Racing and Clifton Racing owned Rocamadour, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and beautifully ridden by Kenny John ran a corker to win. This five-year-old bay horse, who undoubtedly is a classy type, unfortunately had to withdraw from the Sandy Lane Gold Cup this year, but turned up yesterday after not running since December 2010, and passed his rivals over the last 50 yards like they had stopped, and at a distance that should not be his best. He is sure to make it very interesting when the top class meet over the longer trips. Finishing second was Super Star owned by Gay Smith, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, with Antonio Bishop in the saddle. The Aysha Syndicate Who’s To Say trained by Naz Issa, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman was third, with Purr Class fourth.
Kyle Carter and Kenny John shared the jockey honours with two wins each.
The trainers honour for the day went to Jonathan Simpson, who saddled three winners.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 16.

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3-year-olds take Garrison spotlight

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 02, 2011 |

Barbadian-bred three-year-olds take centre stage at the Garrison Savannah today when they clash in the feature – the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

The Realtors Limited-sponsored race day will see the colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

Race seven on the card promises to be action-packed and should be a nail-biter.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained trio of Island Memories, Vitality and Istanbul will be seeking the top three positions for the barn. This trio have already proven themselves at this distance.

Partnered by budding apprentice Kyle Carter, Istanbul, with a never-say-die attitude, seeks to make it four wins on the trot.

His peers suffered at the tape in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy and the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, both races over 1 570 metres.

With career statistics of five wins from nine starts, he will prove a tough nut to crack.

Stablemate  Vitality  is also after a four timer. his main accomplishment to date is his maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division A over 1 570 metres. Blue Diamonds Stables go to rider Jalon Samuel on the impressive colt, which will make this race even more interesting.

Jason Leacock jumps aboard Island Memories, winner of William Bill Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy  over 1 570 metres last time out. Island Memories has gotten the better of the exchanges with Vitality but has been on the receiving end from Istanbul.

He will have to improve to get the victory.  The eventual winner from these three could come down to who gets the better ride.

Jane Girls-owned Cinnamon Jane recorded an impressive victory in the Treehouse Club Trophy handicap division B over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Gold Cup winner Thady Quill is bred to go the distance and should not be left out.

Joycies Boys-owned filly Nile Queen made light work of her opponents in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial condition race over 1 100 metres. She will however be required to find more if she’s to get the victory for the Kendal stables.

Danehill Racing-owned Lune De Barachois is also a worthy contender for this race. Her best performance at this trip to date was a third place finish behind Island Memories and Vitality in the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy.

After several tries, Francis Cozier-owned Victoria Belle is still a maiden. This company may prove to be a bit challenging for her. Gay Smith-owned Angelic Peace is still learning the game and looks in deep water here.

Little is known of the Aysha Syndicate’s Captain Apache.

This bay colt by Captain Charlie failed to impress in his only outing on Boxing Day. Therefore it will take divine intervention as he tries to go from cottage to castle against this well tuned company.

My Picks:

1: Boo

2: Bond Street

3: Lady Patrick

4: Double Dagger

5: Slip Stream

6: Janaki

7: Vitality

8: Zegar

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Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes & Trophy today

The Barbados Advocate | April 2, 2011

THE Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season continues today at the Garrison Savannah, with the feature race being race seven, the Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados Bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres, and carrying a total purse of $62,776.

Both Vitality and Istanbul are coming off of three straight wins, and it would not be surprising if the two end up fighting out the finish. Island Memories and Cinnamon Jane, could be the dangers.

There are two supporting features, the first being race five, the Realtors Limited Trophy (Condition Race) for imported (non-West Indian bred) 3-year-old Maidens and West Indian bred 3-year-old winners.

Slip Stream, looks like an easy winner on paper, while good runs are expected from, Giovedi, and Graeme Hill.

The second supporting feature is race six, the Condominiums At Palm Peach Trophy Handicap, for 3-year-olds and older rated 115-140 (also open to 3-year-olds and older horses rated 114 and below), sprinting 1100 metres.

This is a very competitive race that could end in a blanket finish.

Peaceful Envoy, Preach To Me, Kingdora, and Spicey Tiger, could end up as the ones to follow.

In race one, Domineering, Tantal Eyes and Wynterose have to be considered.

Another very competitive race is the second on the card. Fedrica drawn one has a lot of speed, and could be the one to beat, while Run Alke Run, Bond Street, and Spellbound, are capable of good runs.

In race three, Lady Patrick is in good form and could be the one to beat, while Moonstone, Gin For Me and Who’s Calling could be the dangers.

Cassanova was a winner last time out and could repeat in race four.

Double Dagger, Midnight Express and Unreal could makeup the superfecta combination.

Captain Sully, Silk N’ Satin, Ring Time and Surinan could be the ones fighting out the finish in the final race.

Post time for the first race is 1.45pm.

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Graeme Hill a steep climb

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, April 01, 2011 | Nation News

The Realtors Limited Trophy condition race for imported three-year-old maidens and West Indian-bred three-year-old winners going 1 100 metres will create much attention in tomorrow’s Realtors Limited Race Day at the Garrison Savannah.

The seventh day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first season has attracted 90 entrants on the programme set to begin at 1:45 pm.

Sir Charles Williams-owned sprint queen Slip Stream has been double entered. She has the impressive record of having obtained five victories – all in sprints – from seven career starts.

She is handicapped at 118 pounds and should her connections opt for her to run here, she will have to pull out all the stops to get the victory as this field has a few imported horses that have shown tons of ability.

Bill and Haley Blevins-owned Graeme Hill and Giovedi, both of whom are handicapped at 126 pounds, are the ones most likely to be around at the finish. They have been on top of their game and have been strides away from entering winner’s enclosure.

Graeme Hill has recorded a pair of third-place finishes in both his outings while Giovedi just failed to catch Nomoreginrog in his last start – the Neville Walcott Handicap over 1 100 metres. Having to overcome traffic problems early, he recovered only to find himself chasing the winner.

Foxy Baba, Nile Queen, Cinnamon Jane and Lune De Barachois have all entered the  winner’s circle before. However, it would come as a surprise should one of them find themselves in the winner’s enclosure here.

If the speed in race five is not fast enough, then you won’t want to miss the Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 115-140. It’s also open to three-year-olds and older horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Peaceful Envoy has been asked to carry 133 pounds. He was a double winner three starts back over the identical trip. He failed to find a place last outing in the Victor Chandler Stakes And Trophy over 1 570 metres on the Boxing Day race card. The weight he is down to carry looks a serious burden to his chances.

Melrose racing-owned Rocamadour will take 131 pounds. Like Peaceful Envoy, he has not raced since Boxing Day and apart from the weight factor, he will find this trip way too sharp.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say disappointed in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day. It seems the huge weight of 132 pounds proved too much for him. Handicapped here at the reasonable weight of 124 pounds, he should be a threat.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class and the Gay Smith-owned Super Star are almost guaranteed to make this a quick affair early on.

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Thank You Realtors Limited

The Barbados Turf Club (BTC) and The Barbados Breeders Association (BTBA) say thank you to Realtors Limited for their continued commitment to the Horse Racing industry.

During a press conference held at the Barbados Turf Club on Friday 26th April, 2011 all parties showed their appreciation to the Parravicino family and Realtors Limited for their tremendous support to the club and horse racing industry.  The Parravicino family has four generations involved in horse racing from Mr Nick Parravicino, affectionately known as Mr Nick down to his youngest great grandson, all are involved in horse racing from breeding, training to spectating.

Realtors Limited have been sponsoring racing since 2000, Mr Nick stated “this year looks like a nice race with good weather and a great line up”.  Istanbul was highlighted as the one who will be hard to beat this year with a total purse of $62,000.00 up for grabs.

Richard Edwards, President of the BTBA commented that the feature race named after Michael Parravicino looks like a good line up with 11 entries all with many good records. He thanked the owners, trainers and breeders for their ongoing commitment to racing. The BTBA purpose is to unify and bring breeders of thoroughbreds together as well as look after the Breeders interest.  The BTBA encourages Horse Racing in Barbados to develop by creating a nursery for horses that can win classics overseas and the international races throughout the world.

About Realtors Limited

At Realtors we are renowned for offering our clients the benefits of our efficiency and expertise, complete with a friendly and personal touch. We are a fully integrated real estate company offering a comprehensive portfolio of property services including sales, property management, short and long term villa rentals, property development, appraisals and insurance.

Founded in 1952, Realtors is Barbados’ most longstanding real estate company, family run since its inception. Realtors is managed by Chairman Nick Parravicino, Suzanne Davis, Bruce Parravicino and Susan Sampson, with the excellent support and expertise of a team of seasoned property professionals.

These energetic individuals all strive to apply Realtors’ traditional value of property, leisure and business excellence to the present day requirements of the discerning tenant, landlord, vendor and purchaser…..

About the Barbados Turf Club

The Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and organizes three seasons of racing per year. With approximately 25 race meetings throughout the year running from January to April (Spring Season); May to September (Summer Season) and from November to December (Winter Season).

The location is the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them.

Today, the excitement produced by the thousands of exuberant spectators is contagious and this being Barbados, horse racing is used as a great excuse for an array of entertainment and festivities. The people of Barbados love sharing their sport with visitors and a warm welcome awaits.


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Eleven horses down to run in Michael Parravicino Race

3/26/2011 | By Petra Harvey | Barbados Advocate

ELEVEN horses will vie against each other on April 2, when the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy (GR.11 RB.-BAR) runs off at the Garrison Savannah during the Realtors Limited Race day.

The details of the race were disclosed yesterday during a media briefing at the Incitatus Members Lounge at the Garrison Savannah. C.N. ‘Nick’ Parravicino said that despite the recent passing of his wife, it still gave him great pleasure to sponsor the race for another year.

“Looking at the entries it certainly looks like a very nice race, a lot of horses in the race have won a lot of races before and I just hope that the weather is good and we have a good day and may the best horse win. Providing I am still around and Roger [Parravicino] is there and Bruce [Parravicino] is there, Realtors doesn’t intend to go anywhere in a hurry. I would continue to do it once I haven’t run out of money,” said Parravicino.

Acting President of the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Richard Edwards commended Realtors for this continued support of the race day.

“It is very kind to you and your company to still support racing at this level. We cannot do without sponsorship. As you know it is very difficult at this time, we are in a recession and people are a bit hesitant in sponsoring races,” said Edwards.

Of the entries in the race, Edwards noted that four of the horses already have impressive winnings, but he singled out the Lord Michael Taylor owned Istanbul as the one to beat in the race.

“Of the other seven horses, four are winners and three are maidens, but you know a maiden can cause an upset, but that is generally not likely in this type of race that we are going. If we have a good track I still think that Istanbul would be very hard to beat. I think that he is the horse that everybody has to run to beat,” said Edwards.

Overall, the purse stands at $62 776, of which the winner will receive $34 536. The second place horse will receive $13 183, third $8 789 and fourth $6 278.

Rawle Batson, past President of the BTBA noted that the race has been going on since 1987 with a break in the years 1996-1999. Some of the past winners include champion horses such as Coo-Bird, Kabul, Apostle and Areutalkintome.

“Realtors Limited came on board twelve years ago, the first of those twelve years it was the Realtors Limited race and after that, Michael, who was the son of Nick, passed away and the race was named the Michael Parravicino Race to memorialise the good work that he had done,” said Batson.

Entries for The Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy (GR. 11RB. – BAR).
1. Island Memories 126, 2. Vitality 126, 3. Lune De Barachois 121, 4. Slip Stream 121, 5. Angelic Peace 121, 6. Captain Apache 126, 7. Cinnamon Jane 121, 8. Victoria Belle 121, 9. Jack Is Back 126, 10. Nile Queen 121, 11. Istanbul 126.

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Captain Sully wins feature race

Barbados Advocate 3/20/2011

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Sir Charles Williams-bred Captain Sully, under a well judged ride by Jalon Samuel won the feature Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 80 and below, going 1800 metres.

Samuel broke the Andy Ward trained Captain Sully smartly from the gate to take an early lead. He was quickly joined by the Margo Atkinson-owned Tornade, trained by Boston John, and ridden by Jonathan Grant. These two quickly opened a five-length lead on the rest of the field, and turned the race into what looked like a match race.

Going up the back stretch Samuel gave Captain Sully, who had the big weight of 130 pounds a breather, allowing him to drop back three quarters of a length behind Tornade, who was receiving as much as 16 pounds. On reaching the top of the hill with three furlongs to go, Samuel eased Captain Sully up the rail to again challenge for the lead.

From there both Captain Sully and Tornade matched each other stride for stride, with both jockeys digging deep, and in the end it was Captain Sully that kept his head in front to win in a tight finish. Tornade finished second, while Uncle Jerry was third and Bram Stoker fourth.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day winning the first race on the card with Nomoreginrog, and the third with Wingman.

Trainer Roger Parravicino was also quickly out of the gates saddling the winners of the first two races, while Andy Ward and Naz Issa also saddled two winners each.

Of the owners Lord Michael Taylor in addition to winning the feature with Captain Sully, also saw his colours pass the post first in race four, when Millennium Mile won. The Aysha Syndicate also had two winners. Who’s Staying won race six, and Who’s Calling won the final race.

Sir Charles Williams led the breeding category, as in addition to breeding Captain Sully, the winner of the feature race, he also bred Wingman, the winner of the days third race.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 2.

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