The BTBA Sales Graduates and Queen’s Plate raceday has been abandoned

21 September, 2011


The Board of Directors of the Barbados Turf Club at a meeting held on Sunday September 18, 2011 decided that the 10th Raceday of the 2nd Racing Season 2011 (The BTBA Sale Graduates and Queen’s Plate Raceday) which had been postponed on two occasions, would be abandoned in order to facilitate repairs and maintenance work on both the turf (grass) and sand tracks as soon as possible.

Work on the turf track commenced on the evening of Monday 19th September and the grading of the sand track is scheduled to take place from Friday 23 to Monday September 26, 2011 during which, the exercise/sand track will be closed. The regular operating schedule should resume from Tuesday  September 27, 2011.

It is expected that racing will resume on Saturday November 05, 2011.

The Club looks forward to the cooperation and support of all stakeholders in the industry as we try to make the necessary improvements to the benefit of all investors.

Rosette Peirce

Secretary/Chief Executive Officer

Hat-tricks order of the day

Reshawn Latchman pushing Aston Martin (9) home to win the feature race from Divine Destiny, Chimichurri and Verkauf. (Kenmore Bynoe) | By LINDON YARDE | Sun, September 04, 2011

JOCKEY Reshawn Latchman stole the spotlight on an entertaining ninth Barbados Turf Club’s race day at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

After jockey Jalon Samuel started in a blaze of glory, recording one of three hat-tricks by winning the first three races, Latchman rose to the occasion.

Enjoying easily the best day of his life in the saddle, Latchman showed some of the skills he honed while based at the Woodbine race course in Canada with three magnificent masterpieces.

It all began when he took the eighth running of the feature Kathleen Taylor Memorial Stakes and Trophy Condition Race for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres aboard the Mark Armstrong-owned Aston Martin.

The Victor Cheeseman-trained colt was settled off the pace set by VerKauf, Rickoshey and Chimichurri. As the field approached the home turn with the leaders tiring, Latchman then asked his charge Aston Martin for more effort, which saw them cruise to the finish line a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths winner.

Divine Destiny, with Antonio Whitehall in the irons, came from far back to take second, with Chimichurri, ridden by Anderson Trotman, taking third while the early leader Verkauf faded to be fourth under Paul Eddery.

Latchman gave further glimpses of his immense talent with a masterful pole-to-pole win on the Melrose and Clifton Racing-owned bay horse Rocamadour. They made light work of the opposition, taking the supporting feature, the Jonathan “Jono” Jones Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 115-140 and for horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Once the son of Black Mambo-Willa left the gates, the issue was beyond doubt. Second was the consistent Purr Class under Eddery.

Stablemate Rush Cutter, partnered by Jason Leacock, was third and Dark Knight with Jonathan Grant astride was fourth.

Latchman closed out the afternoon proceedings with another gem of a ride, this time aboard Giovedi in the Blast Of Storm Handicap over 1 570 metres.

The Bill and Haley Blevin-owned colt put the icing on the cake for trainer Jonathan Simpson, who continues to hold his own taking training honours as he and jockey Latchman combined to record the afternoon’s second and third hat-tricks of the card.

Simpson had earlier combined in the first race with jockey Samuel aboard Whatadeal for owner Angela Simpson as the trio took the Aimee’s Creek Handicap for West Indian-bred three-year-old non-winners of two races in their career over 1 000 metres.

Samuel then took the second race, producing Attie Joseph III and Saffie Joseph Jnr-owned Uncle Jerry with a well orchestrated ride to win the Overdraft Handicap over 1 800 metres.

Those wins were immediately followed by victory in the Not Bourbon Handicap over 1 800 metres astride Bustamante.

That race was a bittersweet moment for owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes as their chestnut gelding broke a leg after turning in his maiden victory.

Husbands wins five at Woodbine | Sun, August 21, 2011 

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Patrick Husbands continued his impressive vein of winning form with a five-timer that included one of the feature events in yesterday’s 10-race card at the Woodbine Racetrack.

The ace Barbadian reinsman now has 111 wins for the season – and is 17 adrift of current leader Luis Contreras with the season set to finish on December 4 this year.

Husbands claimed his 16th stakes victory for the year in North America, steering the 7-5 favourite Stars to Shine to an convincing 3 ¾-length victory over Ariana D, under Omar Moreno, in the CAN $100 000 Belle Mahone Stakes in the sixth race.

Stars to Shine, a four-year-old, dark bay colt, completed her first career stakes win in one minute, 43.77 seconds for a 1 700-metre trip around the Polytrack.

Husbands put Stars to Shine to stalk the early pacesetter, and close four-wide on the far turn – but his mount was full of run around the final turn.

He put her to challenge near the quarter pole, and took command at the top of the stretch before widening the lead under a steady drive to the wire.

Husbands had opened the programme with a half-length victory on the odds-on favourite Dancin David – owned by renowned Barbadian businessman and racehorse owner Sir David Seale – in the CAN $37 200 first race over 1 200m.

He followed with another half-length victory on the 4-5 favourite Blue Heart in the CAN $67 100 second race, going 1 200m.

Husbands further stamped his authority with a 3 ¼-length victory on the 2-1 favourite Sports Select in the CAN $74 800 third race over 1 200m.

Compatriot Slade Callaghan did well to hold him off with a two-length victory on the 66-5 outsider Truly Amazing in the CAN $39 100 fifth race, going 1 200m.

But Husbands returned to win the Belle Mahone, and added a three-length victory on the 1-1 favourite Dr. Funkenstein in the CAN $30 500 penultimate race over 1 400m. (CMC)

Super run | Sun, August 21, 2011

It took a superstar to brighten up things at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

With the inclement weather adversely affecting virtually every sport across Barbados, it was the Sport of Kings that held centre stage at the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season.

Superstar, beautifully ridden by Antonio Bishop, won the feature BTBA Sprint Stakes and Trophy ahead of Vitality, with Antonio Whitehall aboard, in front of an appreciative crowd that had the last laugh on a grey, rainy day due to the effects of a tropical wave affecting the island.

The well grassed turf at the Savannah was a beauty to behold, and with cricketers sitting around in pavilions as their matches were rained out or severely delayed, the stewards at the Garrison never even had to make a cautionary inspection.

In this Kenmore Bynoe photo, Superstar is powering to victory ahead of Vitality yesterday.

US$650 000 raceday in Trinidad | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, August 21, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago is set to host the richest raceday in the history of horse racing in the Caribbean. Arima Racing Authority and Caribbean Racing Promotions Limited will stage the inaugural running of the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge Raceday on Saturday, December 3.

The ten-race card will be held at that country’s lone racing facility Santa Rosa Park and carries a total purse of US$650 000. This information was revealed by advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Industry, Christopher Armond at a specially called meeting held Thursday at the offices of the Barbados Turf Club.

This US$2 million project is for Caribbean nations. Countries which were invited to participate are Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago.

In reference to St Kitts’ participation Armond said that that country was expected to ascertain recognition from the International Turf Authority by August 29, failing which it would not be allowed to compete.

Armond was accompanied by chief government veterinarian Dr David Kangaloo who spoke about quarantine requirements for horses to enter Trinidad and Tobago. Up to press time the committee was still awaiting the approval of the cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago for the raceday but Armond assured racing enthusiasts that the event would go ahead.

“We have earmarked US$200 000 to transport the horses from and back to the respective territories. The race card features seven races on the main track and three on the turf track.

“Our main track accommodates 16 runners and our turf 12 runners. Half of each field will be reserved for Trinidad and Tobago horses and a minimum of one horse from each invited country.”

In order to qualify for entry in these races all horses must be domiciled in Trinidad and the invited country by October 1.

A horse can be nominated for a maximum of two races and there are three nomination stages those being stage one – October 5, stage two – November 2 and the final stage – November 23.

The performance of each horse will be reassessed after each nomination by a handicapping panel.

This undertaking is expected to generate further revenue for Trinidad whose major foreign exchange comes from natural gas and oil and is now seeking to build its sports tourism industry.

“This is Trinidad’s way of giving back and rewarding those investors in the Caribbean who each year invest so heavily in horse racing to keep this industry going,” Armond noted.

The facility at Santa Rosa Park can accommodate 7 000 people while air conditioned tents will be erected on the infield to house a further 800 or 900 people.