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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 13, 2013
Race fans will be treated to the third nine-race card
in succession when racing continues tomorrow, at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima. It will be the 42nd round
of the Arima Race Club s 2013 season and the penul-
timate day of the sport in T&T for the year.
Of course, the final day is always the most prestigious
of them all and fans are already anxiously awaiting
Boxing Day, December 26, when the programme will
be spearheaded by the $500,000 Republic Bank Gold
Cup (GR.I) for the top class stayers and the two leading
events for West Indian-bred juveniles of the season,
the Republic Mortgages St. Ann s Stakes (GR.IRF) and
the Republic Online St. James Stakes (GR.IRC&G).
But there is still some business that needs to be taken
care of before the bumper day.
Tomorrow s card is highlighted by the inaugural run-
ning of the Chanticleer Classic (GR.IIR), a race named
after one of the best locally bred horses seen in Trinidad
in the almost 20 years of centralisation. This $150,000
event will be the second event of the card.
The weather will be the most important factor in
determining the result, as this 1,100 metres affair is
billed for the turf, but rain has forced races off the inner
track for the last few weeks.
If it is switched to the main course, POT OF GOLD,
a "main track only" entrant, could be the one running
away with the $90,000 winners cheque.
The half-brother of 2010 NLCB Easter Guineas
(GR.IR) winner GRAND RIVIERE, is definitely the class
horse in the field as his impressive resume includes
victory in the $500,000 Toyota Trinidad & Tobago
Breeders Classic (GR.IRT&T) as well as a runner-
up finish in the NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR); a third
place finish in the Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic
(GR.IR) and a fifth place finish in the NGC CNG Trinidad
Derby Stakes (GR.IR) in the last few months.
POT OF GOLD has not even been in an event as
sharp as 1,100 metres, but he did score over 100 metres
further in the first start of his career in January and
should not have a problem with the distance, especially
in a small field of just six runners.
Any possible danger could come from fellow John
O Brien trained runner CENTRAL SQUARE, who has
far more experience in sprint races and is improving
all the time. This son of Charismatic Cat scored a run-
away victory over 1,100 metres on debut in December
last season and has prevailed three times from four
outings over 1,200 metres this year.
Both horses will be competing with the top weight
of 56.5 kilos and it is very interesting to note that Wilmer
Galviz, who partnered POT OF GOLD to victory over
1,350 metres last time out at the end of last month,
will be aboard CENTRAL SQUARE.
This horse has been triumphant the last two times
that the Venezuelan has been aboard.
GOLD RUSH is also representing O Brien, but he is
expected to have problems with the distance.
The chestnut who like POT OF GOLD is owned by
Roma Sagan Maraj, was the beaten favourite four times
in extended sprints this season and he should have
even more trouble with a trip as sharp as 1,100 metres.
GOLD RUSH has actually proven to be best over two
turns as he finished third in the Breeders Classic
(GR.IRT&T), second in the Chief Commander Stakes
and prevailed by almost nine lengths over 1,750 metres
last time out on November 23, however the son of Big
Country is four kilos lighter than that POT OF GOLD
and CENTRAL SQUARE and that could make things
PURPLE TOUCH, ZORRO and INDIAN MEDICINE
are not expected to threaten on the main course, but
it could be a completely different if the race for West
Indian bred three-year-old stays on the turf.
If that is the case, POT OF GOLD will not face the
starter and both GOLD RUSH and CENTRAL SQUARE
will experience grass for the very first time.
INDIAN MEDICINE will more than likely be an out-
standing favourite as she has been involved in five turf
sprints and is yet to taste defeat, and the horse which
was bred and is trained by Harold Chadee for his son
Dave, has not only been winning on the grass, she has
been trouncing the opposition as her combined margin
of victory is over 25 lengths.
Two of the five wins were over 1,050 metres and
the others were over Saturday s trip.
PUPRLE TOUCH is stepping up in class, but his two
wins were on the turf over 1,100 metres and he could
follow INDIAN MEDICINE home if the race is not
CHASE THE DRAGON, who finished second in this
year s Breeders Classic (GR.IRT&T) and sixth in the
Derby (GR.IR), had subscriptions pair for the Chanticleer
Classic (GR.IIR), but he will be competing in the fourth
event at 1:50PM instead.
Six fellow 70-55 rated horses will be in opposition
over 1,750 metres, including DIRECTOR DREAM, the
fourth placed finisher in last year s Carib Brewery Mid-
summer Classic (GR.IR), and FARAD, runner-up in his
last three starts.
After finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, in the
Stewards Cup (GR.I) last Saturday, WILD SHUFFLE
and KING WHISTLER will make a quick return to
The American bred five-year-olds are in a field of
nine 90-60 rated horses in the penultimate event at
4:23PM. Also included in this 1,200 metres event is
STAR TIGER, a winner of his last two, EL BANDIDO
DE ORO and ONE FORTHEROAD, who placed third
in the Derby (GR.IR) and fourth in the Guineas (GR.IR)
In the sixth event, four American bred two-year-
olds; THISONESFORRON, UNCLE NORMAN,
GOLIATH S BOY, KODO, will be making their debut
as seven do battle over 1,150 metres at 3;05PM.
Action will actually get going with the West Indi-
an-bred "babes" racing over the same trip at
12:00NOON. The field of six also includes four debu-
tants, JUSTCALLMEBAS, LUVDATCAT, TWO GOLD
and SOCA RHAPSODY.
Weather holds key in
CHASE THE DRAGON, who finished second in this
year's 'Breeders Classic, was entered for the
Chanticleer Classic, but will be competing in the
fourth event instead.
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