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As racing closed for the year 2014 on
December 26 (Boxing Day), there could be
no shortage of highlights, but, if 2012/13
were the years that local racing was stunned
by doping scandals, last year was no excep-
tion. Last year, like the one before it, saw a
high number of trainers being suspended
and banned for alleged doping offences.
The superb performances by Bigman In
Town, Crime Of Passion, Momentum, Blue
Tequilla and War Maker, along with the visit
of Lanfranco Dettori and Keiron Fallon, made
last season the success which it was.
The race of 2014 was the Caribbean Cham-
pion Stakes in November which was as exciting
a race with Horse Of The Year 2013 and Last
year s Derby Hero Bigman In Town taking on
the young guns, Momentum, which became
the third "Triple Crown" winner at Santa Rosa
Park and the Jamaican Horse of The Year 2013
Princess Popstar, which was beaten in the
NGC Derby for the first time in her career
under trainer John O Brien.
To ensure that this event was historic the
world famous Lanfranco Dettori was brought
in to partner Bigman In Town for owner
The legendary jockey treated fans to his
usual flying dismount but was unsaddling
Bigman In Town from 500 metres out when
he said, the colt went "Zoom." The rest is his-
tory, as Bigman In Town made good horses,
including Momentum, look pedestrian. Also
to come to our twin-island state was former
English champion jockey Keiron Fallon, who
landed a winner in the first race with his first
mount Wing Commander for owner/trainer
David Ojar. Accompanying the top jockeys
were Tom Franke , Quealy, Jamie Spencer, who
has since come out of retirement, Jimmy For-
tune and Seb Sander.
Needless to say our Caribbean jockeys of
Brian Boodramsingh, Ronald Ali, Shane Ellis,
Anderson Trotman, Ricky Walcott and Omar
Walker beat their illustrious counterpart in
the UK versus Caribbean Championship.
Momentum always ready
Champion three-year-old Momentum wrote
his name into racing history when running
away with the NGC Derby in fine style at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Having won the Easter Guineas and the
Midsummer Classic, the Dr Rupert Indar Jr-
owned horse became just the third Triple
Crown winner at Santa Rosa Park, turning
back the challenges of ten others, much to
the delight of thousands who braved the cloudy
conditions to cheer their equine star on.
Sent off as 8-5 second favourite, Momentum
never appeared to be in trouble, and raced
away from favourite Princess Popstar to win
by 3 1/4 lengths. The only locally-bred horse
in the race, Glorious Country finished third,
while Raven Renae was fourth. Momentum
registered the time of 2:07.3 for the trip in,
becoming the first horse since Top of The
Class in 2003 to achieve the distinction of
achieving the triple.
Boodramsing described the victory as easy.
"I was always confident that he would win
and he did. What is for you, really is for you.
I thank everyone for this win and my first
Triple Crown achievement. This is something
you dream of and I have achieved it." Trainer
John O Brien, who has been close to winning
the triple on two previous occasions joked,
"We scramble one!! But Momentum has
trained very well for this race and he ran very
well. Brian rode him brilliantly, all kudos to
him. He throughly deserves everything he has
achieved. He is a gentleman. The next race
will be even better as he will now meet Bigman
In Town in the Caribbean Champion Stakes."
Bigman rules Town
Horse of The Year 2013---Bigman In Town
also starred as he destroyed the opposition in
the Grade Two---NGC Diamond Stakes over
1,350 metres. The colt quickened off a fast
pace which was set by Coroneo and Slewjero
before bursting past Signal Alert at the far
turn, and turned the race into a one horse
Not only did Bigman in Town win by 10
1/4 lengths, he also lowered the course record
with the time of 1:18.1 seconds. The Derek
Chin-owned Film Director held the record of
1:18.2 on April 21, 2007. Signal Alert was second
and Holy Man, third.
He then went on to score easily in the
Caribbean Champion Stakes before ended the
season on a golden note in taking he Republic
Gold Cup by 6 ¾ lengths.
Jockey Abrego said: "He had company for
400 metres then I asked him to go and that
was it. He is a champion."
Owner Baskaran Bassawh commented: "He
is the best horse in training in this country,
I said that before and I will say it again. Today
you again saw how good he is at sprinting
and last time out you saw what he could do
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Dettori, Fallon raises T&T racing profile
T&T RACING REVIEW 2014
colt Bigman In
astride, proved to
be in a different
class to his rivals
when winning the
The John O'Brien-trained colt Momentum, with champion jockey Brian Boodramsing astride,
takes the 2014 NGC Derby from the hitherto unbeaten Jamaican champion Princess Popstar.
The Rupert Indar Jr-owned bay colt won all three legs of local racing Triple Crown making him
the eighth Triple Crown winner in history and third at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
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