Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 20th 2013 Contents to go to post over 2,000 metres for a
whopping first prize of $300,000.
Eight of the 14 runners are Jamaican
bred as, in addition to War of Words
and Bigman in Town, the field also
includes; Prince Zeshan, Perfect Day,
Fire Light, Urban Knight, Plum Plum
and Soca Train.
Barbados will be represented by
Khartoum and Nekitta, who won the
first two legs of their Triple Crown,
leaving just four locally-bred runners;
Pot of Gold, Headline News, Chase the
Dragon and Spotted Eagle in the
Pot of Gold , who has only been rid-
den by Ramsammy in his five start
career and will have the services of the
50-year-old again, is by far the best of
the locals. The Roma Sagan Maraj son
of Gold Market finished second in the
NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR), third in
the Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic
(GR.IR) and then won the $500,000
Toyota Trinidad and Tobago Breeders
Classic (GR.IRT&T) last time out on
Emancipation Day, August 1.
The Mohali Stables owned Prince
Zeshan is the other member of the big
four and he will have the services of
Last year s Champion Juvenile Male
has returned to his best, but he was
not earlier this season and still managed
to finish third in the NLCB Easter
Guineas (GR.IR) and second in the Carib
Brewery Midsummer Classic (GR.IR).
John O Brien not only handles War
of Words, Prince Zeshan and Pot of
Gold, but the champion trainer is also
responsible for Chase the Dragon and
Both improving locals may be able
to grab a minor end of the purse and
Perfect Day---Bassawh s second string
runner who is unbeaten from two starts
in Trinidad, including the Neal & Massy
Oaks Stakes (GR.I)---may also be able
to find a place on the board.
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War of Words will attempt to
become just the third Triple
Crown winner at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima, when horse racing
The National Gas Company
(NGC)-sponsored Republic Day
holiday card is the biggest of the
season as 140 horses have been
declared to compete in 11 events.
The day will feature the most
prestigious event on the calendar
and one of the world s best riders
will be in action down here for the
first time. In addition to Venezue-
lan Javier Castellano, who has over
3,500 career winners---with more
than 260 this season---and is the
leading jockey in the United States,
Rajiv Maragh, will also be making
his Santa Rosa Park debut.
The young Jamaican is closing
in on 1,500 career winners and is
in the top 20 in the United States
this year with 88 winners. His
uncle Allen Maragh and fellow
Jamaican Shane Ellis along with
Barbadians Antonio Whitehall and
Antonio Bishop are the other over-
seas-based riders scheduled to
compete on Tuesday.
And the list of overseas-based
jockeys who occasionally ride at
Santa Rosa also includes Canadian
based Emile Ramsammy, the coun-
try s most successful rider with
over 2,600 career winners.
But even if there was not a single
star rider in action it is still a day
which no true race fan would want
to miss, as after all it is Derby Day.
The Derby is the most presti-
gious race in any country and it
is no different in Trinidad as every
owner dreams of winning the race
for three-year-old horses.
Unfortunately, there will be a
considerable amount of sadness
attached to the day this time as
Juan Navarro got a heart-attack
while driving on Monday and
passed away. The popular 57-year-
old owner won the CNG Trinidad
Derby (GR.IR) for the first time
last year with Free Passage and is
being represented in this year s
field by Fire Light.
The NGC CNG Trinidad Derby
(GR.IR) will be the penultimate
event of the afternoon and is billed
to be contested at 4.45 pm.
This year s edition of the Blue
Riband event has drawn even more
attention than usual because of
the presence of War of Words and
Bigman in Town.
The NGC CNG Trinidad Derby
(GR.IR) is the final leg of the local
Triple Crown and in the 19 editions
of the series since centralisation
in 1994, just two horses have won
all three legs.
Carnival Messiah did the trick
in 2001 and it has been ten years
since the feat was last achieved by
his Glenn Mendez trained stable
companion, Top of the Class.
With a victory in the NGC CNG
Trinidad Derby (GR.IR), War of
Words will join them as he has
already been successful when the
series served off with the NLCB
Easter Guineas (GR.IR) on Easter
Monday, April 1 and in the Carib
Brewery Midsummer Classic
(GR.IR) on the May 31 Indian
Arrival Day holiday card.
The Anthony Wight-owned
gelding was the overwhelming
favourite in both previous legs, but
despite the fact that he is unbeaten
from three outings over two turns,
he is not expected to be the top
fancy this time.
That honour will most likely go
to Bigman in Town, who finished
fourth as the favourite at home in
the Jamaica Derby in June and is
considered "tied by the post" after
winning his only start at Santa
Rosa by 21 lengths five weeks ago.
Fans are of the opinion that this
chestnut would run rings over the
opposition with anyone on his
back, but Baskaran Bassawh is tak-
ing no chances and has convinced
Castellano to come down and part-
ner his star.
Twelve other West Indian-bred
three-year-olds have been declared
All set for War of Words in Arima
...top American jockey
...among leading riders in US
...outstanding Caribbean rider
Derby Day to be seen live on Flow
Channel 999 and on CNC3 TV.
Post time for the 32nd round of the
Arima Race Club's 2013 Season is
Boris Grigoriev finally returned
to winning ways for Mick Easterby
in the Brewin Dolphin Handicap
on the opening afternoon of Ayr s
three-day Western Meeting.
Last successful at Tipperary in
2011 when trained by Aidan O Brien,
he had a rating of 101 when the vet-
eran handler paid 34,000 guineas
In 12 races last season and one
so far in this, the four-year-old had
shown precious little of the form
he possessed at Ballydoyle and his
handicap mark had dropped alarm-
However, after a lengthy break he
was sent off joint-favourite after a
gamble at Ayr last month but could
finish only fifth of nine runners.
Graham Gibbons managed to
grab a rail this time though, shooting
clear a furlong out before holding
"It s a pity he didn t do it the last
day, but the ground and trip was
probably against him then," Gibbons
told Racing UK.
"He d been out of form but we
knew we sort of had him half-right,
but it probably took the last run to
get his confidence back and get him
going the right way.
"Even early doors today, I had to
give him two out of the boxes to
get him where I wanted him to be,
but once I was in the firing line I
David Barron s Red Stargazer
made a winning debut at 12/1 in
the S.T. Andrew Plant Hire Maiden
Eventual runner-up Kommander
Kirkup had shown a good level of
form on debut but had not been
seen since May and was possibly a
little rusty as Robert Winston, who
went on to complete a treble, bided
his time on the winner before going
on to win by three and a half
"I d have given him no chance
after blowing the start, but I gave
him no chance before that to be
honest," said Barron.
"There was nothing to read into
him being gelded. He was a rea-
sonably cheap yearling so we don t
mess about and leave them as colts."
Boris back in winning form
Countdown to Tuesday's NGC Derby
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