Saturday, April 20, 2024

Little Man’s day


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Remembering Former Gold Cup Champions Raceday was one of frustration for racing enthusiasts at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.
Long before they saw Little Man Arran take the feature race and trainer Richard Deane win three races, fans were thrown into a state of uncertainty over whether the card would continue or be curtailed abruptly.
The weather was fine, the track was firm and the trainers had their horses in the parade ring raring to go for the 1 p.m. start to the fifth day of the first racing season.
After a slight delay the jockeys emerged for the race which ran five minutes behind schedule. But with Race 2 scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start, fans had to endure a 47-minute delay wondering whether the programme would continue as planned.
That delay stemmed from the jockeys requesting a meeting with the race day stewards pertaining to them disputing a penalty imposed upon a fellow jockey and few other issues.
This matter was tentatively put to bed with the assistance of the secretary and CEO of the Barbados Turf Club, Rosette Peirce, much to the delight of the sizeable crowd that had gathered.
The Sandford Prince Handicap saw Bill and Haley Blevins’s horse Little Man Arran, under leading jockey Reshawn Latchman get up by three quarters of a length to deny Run For Your Money, partnered by Damario Bynoe, the victory.
Latchman allowed the Jonathan Simpson-trained horse to stalk the early leader until the home stretch. At that stage it was clearly a two-horse race as the others made no impression on the firm going.
Little Man Arran drew level 50 metres from the line and continued to wear down his rival before claiming the victory, showing how much he  relished the conditions.
Captain Sully, with Anderson Trotman aboard, took third place and Indanger, with Antonio Bishop up, trailed in fourth.
Trainer Deane was the star of the day. Predictably, his impressive colt Just A Fashion, ridden by Antonio Bishop easily landed the Frisky Wharf Condition Race for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres.  
Next up, Deane made it two wins for the syndicate. Broken Vow, under the urgings of jockey Antonio Whitehall won the Asian Jane Handicap for four-year-old and older horses who have non-winners of three rated 40-60 and also open to non-winners of races rated 39 and below over 1 100 metres.
He then closed out as the A-Team-owned Jamaica Moon, under jockey Affrie Ward, sailed home in the Sharp Impact Handicap Division-A for four-year-old and older horses rated 17-35 and also open to horses rated 16 and below over 1 570 metres.
Jockey Rasheed Hughes once again produced a gem of a ride aboard the Lady Williams-owned Grace Chapel to claim their second Bubba’s Sports Bar Sunday Buffet Breakfast Ride of the Day.
Next up for the BTC is the most anticipated card of the year, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Raceday on March 8.

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