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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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Smiths in the money BY JUSTIN MARVILLE | SUN, MARCH 06, 2011 – 12:00 AM

Winning Gold Cup owners Derek and Gay Smith (right) receiving the Cup from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Robert Logan. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

IT’S NOT OVER until someone shows you the money. The Smith camp will do well to remember that. It wasn’t the ideal way to win the Caribbean’s most prestigious race but champion owner Gay Smith will take it anyhow, after Zoom was eventually awarded yesterday’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup in controversial fashion at the Garrison Savannah.
Initially happy to settle for second, Smith was even more elated to find out her horse was bumped up one spot following an objection that eventually disqualified Show Me The Money.

“It’s absolutely terrible to win in the way we did,” said Smith of Show Me The Money’s disqualification. “But the horse [Zoom] was spectacular and I just have to say thank you to my trainer and my perfect jockey. We’ve won with a home-bred – born and bred in Barbados – which is perfect.”

A long shot to win at 12-1 odds, Zoom seemingly did well to come second best as Show Me The Money, ridden by Jalon Samuel, crossed the finish line a good four-and-a-half lengths ahead. However, that decision was rescinded following a lengthy process, after Apostle’s connections lodged a protest claiming that Samuel impeded the horse in the home stretch.

So it was Zoom who eventually showed everyone the victory.
“We can’t do anything about that,” said victorious trainer Edward Walcott Jr with a sympathetic voice. “As a trainer it could have happened to me in the race but the stewards have to make their decisions and that’s what they decided.”

In spite of the controversy and Zoom’s high odds, Walcott believed his camp had the horse to give Barbados a locally bred champ for the first time since Federico won 13 years ago.

This after imported horses Bad Action and Safety Zone generated all the buzz heading into the race’s 30th edition. And if any attention surrounded a local contender, Apostle was the one getting it.

In the end, all were left behind. Not to Walcott’s surprise, though.
“It didn’t bother me what they said [because] we knew what we had,” Walcott said of Zoom’s overlooked status.

“He’s been on top of his game for the last three months [so] we’ve been really happy with him. He’s just won his last race before this and he’s had two seconds before, that so I was really happy with him coming here.

“It’s everybody [though], it’s a team effort and truthfully speaking, without Mr and Mrs Smith, I don’t know how we would do it, but we managed to do something we’ve been trying to do for a few years now – bring the local horses to the front.”

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Zoom wins Gold Cup

Barbados Advocate | 3/6/2011

For the first time in the history of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, the winner passing the post first has lost in the Stewards Room.

After all the objections made by trainer Stephen Bynoe, Barbados Turf Club President, Sir David Seale, and owner Eugene Melnyk against the St. Kitts horses running on the day, and the Stewards ruling that they could take part, all went smoothly. The St. Kitts horses caused no danger whatsoever to other horses, jockeys, race fans or anyone else – they were better trained at the gates than many of the local horses running on the day that had to be withdrawn by the Starter.

Sir David’s Reward Me, who was a reserve, got into the Gold Cup race after Rocamadour was withdrawn, as did the Melnyk-owned Emerald Crescent, who was also a reserve got in the Spa Sprint, but were not able to place.
Once again a huge crowd turned up at the Garrison Savannah to witness the 30th running of the race which will be seen by millions through the world.

When starter Mark Batson pressed the button to release the horses from the gates, it was none other that the Elias Haloute and Sir Charles Williams-owned, Andrew Nunes-trained creole Apostle, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle that broke first, and went straight to the lead as he has done in all of his 30 starts with the exception to the time when his was rank favourite in the 2008 running of the Gold Cup.

He was immediately challenged by the Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Andy Ward-trained, Show Me The Money, with Jalon Samuel in the saddle.

The Aysha Syndicate owned Bird Watch, another reserve that got into the race after the connections of Al Portador elected to go in the Spa Sprint was closely following the two front runners.

Positions remained the same until approaching the three furlong pole with Apostle and Show Me The Money still in the lead and the Gay Smith-owned Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Antonio Bishop joining the Naz Issa trained Bird Watch, with Paul Leacock in the saddle, behind the two leaders. With two furlongs to go Show Me The Money was going best of all, and had drawn along side Apostle with Zoom and Bird Watch closing.
As they straightened up Show Me The Money picked up the race, and went on to a eased up 4 1/2 length victory from Zoom, with Bird Watch third and Charge It fourth.

As tears of joy and excitement ran from the eyes of the seventeen year old Samuel, he quickly had to dry them away, as the Racecourse Stewards posted the red light indicating that they were holding a Stewards inquiry, while following that the connections of Apostle lodged an objection for interference against the winner.

The Stewards, after hearing the evidence and viewing the film, decided that Samuel had been careless and had caused interference to Trotman and Apostle, and disqualified Show Me The Money, placing him behind Apostle who finished one from last.

The final placings then ended up with the Gay Smith-owned Zoom being placed first, giving Mrs Smith her third Gold Cup, and jockey Antonio Bishop, and trainer Edward Walcott Jnr. their first win in the Gold Cup.

Horseracing can be a cruel sport at times, and on this occasion it was unfortunate that Show Me The Money, and young Samuel had to loose the race in the Stewards room, as his 4 1/4 length victory showed that without question he was best horse on the day. However, the Barbados Turf Club has rules, and once the Stewards are satisfied that a rule has been broken they have to act as the rule states they shall.

They were two supporting feature races on the da, the first was the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy, for West Indian bred 4-year-olds and over, going 2000 metres. This was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned Bouncebak, trained by Andy Ward. Jalon Samuel rode the mare, and put her straight into the lead, and she was never caught. The Gay Smith-owned Silk N’ Satin trained by Edward Walcott Jnr and ridden by Edward Walcott Jr. was second, with Mrs. Mara Di Venazio’s Conquest trained by Peter Arthur and ridden by Badrie was third, with Sea Gypsy fourth.

The Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1100 metres was won by Bipin owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, trained by Boston John and beautifully ridden by Kenny John, who came with a final dash on the rail to just catch second placed Grant Times, owned by Averill Racing LLC and trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by J Sanches. Third was the Gay Smith owned Spicey Tiger trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, with Kingdora finishing fourth.
Racing continues on Saturday March, 19.

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Zoom awarded Gold Cup in Barbados controversy

By Julian Armfield | Racing Post | 3:23PM 6 MAR 2011

Show Me The Money: crossed line first but demoted to 11th after inquiry

PICTURE: Eddie Belle

Report: Barbados, Saturday

Garrison Savannah: Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup (Group 1-domestic) 1m1f, turf, 3yo+

IN a dramatic outcome to the £70,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, Gay Smith’s 12-1 outsider Zoom, who had finished a well beaten four-length second past the post behind to Show Me The Money, was later awarded the race in the stewards’ room.

This followed an enquiry and an objection by the connections of Apostle, who finished 11th of the 12 runners.

Show Me The Money, ridden by local champion jockey Jalon Samuel, had just taken the lead from the pacesetting Apostle as the field turned from home with a little over a furlong to run when he hung violently across his rival.

The manoeuvre almost led Apostle’s rider, Anderson Trotman, to be unseated but Show Me The Money had his measure at the time and came home to win unchallenged.

Zoom, who was bred on the island by Gay, wife of Derrick Smith, scored a third success for his owner in the southern Caribbean’s richest race.

The six-year-old’s victory marked a first success in the 9f event for trainer Edward Walcott Jnr and Antonio Bishop, his jockey.

Show Me The Money is owned by Cheshire businessman Michael Taylor, who had seen his colours carried to victory twice before in the race.

He became the first winner of the contest in its 30-year history to be disqualified in the stewards’ room. The stewards placed the winner 11th, one position behind Apostle.

In a race featuring raiders from the US, Canada, Trinidad and St Kitts, there was a clean sweep for Barbados-trained horses, which occupied the first four places after the enquiry.

Darryll Holland: unsure about result

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/

Philip Makin fared best of the visiting British jockeys by finishing third on ChargeIt, one place better than Darryll Holland on John Brian.

Jamie Spencer, who had flown all the way from Dubai on the eve of the race, had a disappointing ride on the St Kitts-trained Bad Action, who finished seventh.

Gay Smith said: “That’s not the way you want to win a race but rules are rules. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes against you but this was a perfect result for me”.

Darryll Holland was in two minds about the eventual outcome: “There’s no doubt that Show Me The Money interfered with Apostle quite badly but whether Zoom would have been the winner is debatable.”

Lester Piggott, who together with Eddie Hide, enjoyed the carnival Gold Cup atmosphere at the Garrison Savannah, was in no doubt.

“There was no way they could have let the winner keep the race,” he suggested.

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Spencer leads British- based riders in Barbados

By Julian Armfield 4:25PM 4 MAR 2011 |Racing Post

Preview: Barbados, Saturday 9pm GMT

Garrison Savannah: Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup (Group 1-domestic) 1m1f, turf, 3yo+

JAMIE SPENCER, Darryll Holland and Philip Makin are set to ride in Saturday’s 30th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup at Garrison Savannah.

However, the 12-runner race has been given the green light to go ahead only after connections of three of the contestants failed in a bid to exclude a horse from another Caribbean racing jurisdiction in the £70,000 event.

The event looked in real jeopardy after three senior figures joined forces in a bid to prevent horses from St Kitts taking part.

Sir David Seale,president of the Barbados Turf Club, millionaire Canadian owner Eugene Melnyk and local trainer Stephen Bynoe took legal action on the matter, which would have affected Spencer’s big-race mount Bad Action.

Three other Kittian horses are also set to run in a supporting race earlier on the card after racecourse stewards overruled the objection.

Beaumont Park racecourse in St Kitts opened its doors only last year, but the island has a rich racing history and a Kittian-trained horse won the 1954 running of the Barbados Derby.

Melnyk, who has won the Barbados Gold Cup twice before, with Kathir in 2004 and Sterwins last year, believes the Barbados Turf Club is making a “terrible mistake” byallowing the Kittitian horses to run.

He said: “They are putting the horses, the jockeys and the spectators at risk. We don’t know the history of the horses from St Kitts. Are they properly trained for the stalls? What are their ratings? This affair could put the Barbados Turf Club’s status in jeopardy.”

Melnyk is hoping that Safety Zone, trained by Canadian Mark Casse and ridden by last year’s victorious jockey Patrick Husbands, will run a big race.

He said: “He’s won seven of his last nine races at Woodbine and Tampa Bay so we’re in with a shout.”

Spencer, who jetted into Barbados on the eve of the race after booting home Wigmore Hall to win the Jebel Hatta at Meydan in Dubai on Thursday, will be aboard Bad Action, the St Kitts raider, in the big race.

The five-year-old gelding finished fifth in last year’s Gold Cup in Derrick Smith’s colours. Bad Action is a multiple race winner in both the US and St Kitts.

Holland, who has ridden in the Gold Cup twice before and finished third on Preach To Me in 2009, partners Sir David Seale’s John Brian.

He said: “I’m hopeful because there are a couple of front-runners in the field and mine is a hold-up horse. The race could be set up perfectly for me.”

Makin takes the ride on Charge It, another Barbadian contender. He said: “It’s my first ride in the race but the track is very similar to Chester and my experience going around there should stand me in good stead.”

The sole American raider, Grand Cash (Wesley Ward/Jeffrey Sanchez) has been working well at the track while Gay Smith, wife of Derrick, is bidding for her third Gold Cup with Zoom. Cheshire businessman, Michael Taylor, who has won two of the last three runnings of the race, is represented by Show Me The Money.

Local favourite Apostle will carry a lot of Barbados dollars on his back but there would no more popular winner than Mingun Temple.

This four-year-old is part-owned by Amanda Marshall, daughter of the late Bill Marshall, who saddled seven Gold Cup winners. The horse will run in Bill’s old colours.

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