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Smiths in the money

nationnews.com 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 However, that decision was rescinded following a lengthy process, after Apostle’s connections lodged a protest claiming that Samuel impeded the horse in the home stretch.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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Title Sponsor of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup

Sandy Lane Hotel is proud, once again, to serve as the title sponsor of one of the premiere events on the international horse racing calendar, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.  2011 marks Sandy Lane’s 15th year of sponsorship of what has become one of the most anticipated race days not only in Barbados, but throughout the world.

During the course of Sandy Lane’s partnership with the Barbados Turf Club, the Gold Cup has become an event that has been beamed to a live television audience in the United States and England of more than 300 million.  The main event of Barbados’ racing season attracts entrants from across the Caribbean and jockeys from the United Kingdom and Canada.  Over the years, Sandy Lane has donated well in excess of $2 million in prize money.

The excitement surrounding race day begins long before the first race is run.  The enduring symbol of success in the feature race of a full race card is the Gold Cup itself.  Minted in England, the stunning Gold Cup is flown to Barbados on British Airways and prominently displayed for several weeks before race day.

Race day itself entails a full card of races each named for a landmark at the Sandy Lane resort leading up to the feature race, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup which is preceded by a spectacular opening parade.

Sandy Lane welcomes you to the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, and looks forward to seeing you in the stands on race day!

www.sandylane.com

About Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of the island of Barbados.  Originally built in 1961, Dermot Desmond, J.P. McManus and partners purchased the property and golf course in 1996 and completely rebuilt and expanded, opening in March 2001.  This exclusive 112-room resort features stylish lodging in rooms that average 900 square feet and a five-bedroom villa, luxury Rolls Royce Phantom airport transfers, four restaurants including the signature restaurant L’Acajou, seven bars, a 47,000-square-foot spa and three distinct golf courses offering guests the best golf in the Caribbean.  Two of the courses are Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole courses including the Green Monkey Course.

Rates for 2011 at Sandy Lane range from US$1,000 to $4,200 for rooms, $1,800 to $6,200 for suites, and $4,000 to $10,000 for penthouses, and $9,000 to $25,000 for the Villa at Sandy Lane.  For more information and reservations, visit the resort’s website, www.sandylane.com or call Sandy Lane at (246) 444-2001 or toll free at 866-444-4080.  Sandy Lane is a partner of Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels Resorts and a Member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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