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Brian Boodramsingh will
attempt to continue his
tremendous recent roll when
horse racing continues at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima, tomorrow.
After booting home eight
winners on the final two days
of last season to end up in a
deadlock with Wilmer Galviz for
champion jockey, the youngster
has remained hot and has seven
winners after the first four days
of this season.
Boodramsingh, who rode
three winners last Saturday, is
tied with Emile Ramsammy at
the top of the standings, but is
expected to be in sole possession
of the lead after tomorrow s
The three-time defending
champion Jockey has five quality
mounts in his six bookings, while
the Canada based Ramsammy
is only down to ride three horses
and is not expected to be in con-
tention with two of them.
Boodramsingh s mount Star
Dreamer, owned by Dave Chadee
and trained by his father Harold,
is expected to be the favourite
in the opening event, the 1,100
metres turf contest involving
eight West Indian bred four-
year-old and over maidens.
Boodramsingh pilots Justmy-
luck in the fourth and although
this grey is not expected to be
the leading fancy, he could def-
initely be a contender if he
breaks alertly in the 1,050 metres
turf contest for 40 & lower hors-
es at 2.40 pm.
Boodramsingh rode Galadriel
to victory last time out on
December 14 and although the
filly is facing much tougher
opposition on this occasion she
still has to be respected in the
sixth event at 3 58 pm.
Ramsammy will partner fel-
low four-year-old Uncle Max
here and he is also capable of
finishing in the money in the
1,350 metres contest for 45 &
lower rated horses.
Right after Boodramsingh will
be astride Hyat Princess and the
very speedy winner of last year s
Derek Cozier Classic (GR.IIR)
(formerly Santa Rosa Classic)
could lead the way home at 4.35
pm in the day s feature, espe-
cially if the turf is firm.
D Sportsman and Island Star,
the most successful turf horse
in the last few years with eight
wins on the surface, are the
other main contenders in the
1,100 metres event for 70-55
But although Princess She s
Not is yet to race on the lawn,
she worked well on the surface
last Sunday and has to be
respected, along with the lightly
weighted Double Roses.
Boodramsingh will also have
a good chance to score in the
curtain event as he is down to
partner The Tactician in the
1,150 metres race for 55-40 rated
The Jamaican bred four-year-
old, who is coming back after a
six-week break, will come up
against 14 at 5.15 pm including
Zorro, Precise Moment, Princess
Warrior and Stairway To Heav-
en.Ramsammy will ride Country
Boy here, but this three-year-
old struggled both times after
winning the Futurity Stakes by
12 lengths when he debuted in
October and should be hard
pressed in his very first outings
against older horses.
This country s most successful
jockey, a winner of more than
2,500 career races, will probably
have his best chance of entering
winners enclosure with his first
mount, Market Rally.
This Poon Tip Stud Farm
bred and owned filly is yet to
face the starter, but she has
been going extremely well at
gallops and could lead the way
home over 1,100 metres in the
second race at 1.23 pm.
Magnolia Lane, Sweet Shaka
and Precise Gold are the other
newcomers and the field of ten
West Indian bred three-year-
old maidens also includes Luv-
datcat, Maximus and All For
The Haul, who have all fin-
ished runner-up in their last
Boodramsingh is booked to
ride Gold Strike, but the third
placed finisher in the Republic
Mortgages St Ann s Stakes
(GR.IRF) on Boxing Day may
find the trip too sharp.
There will be HI-5 betting in
this event as well as in the fourth
(involving Justmyluck and com-
pany), sixth (involving Uncle
Max, Galadriel and company)
and curtain (involving THE Tac-
tician, Country Boy and com-
The Soca 6 wager will be the
last six races on the programme,
beginning with seven 30 & lower
horses doing battle over 1,350
metres in the third event at 2
Post time is 12.45 pm.
Horse of The Year 2013, Bigman In Town has
been entered for the Grade One --- Sandy Lane Gold
Cup, to be run off at the Garrison Savannah in
Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday, March 8.
The Baskaran Bassawh owned horse is the lone
T&T entrant in the prestigious Gold Cup.
The John O Brien trained horse will face ten rivals
with the Sir David Seales owned Aristodemus and
Dashing David being the top horses he will have to
Bigman In Town will attempt to replicate the feats
of Frisky Wharf and Bold Lewis who both won the
event. However, Bigman in Town will have to do
even better than those two equine heroes, as he will
now be racing right-handed and will have to race
on grass. When Firsky Wharf and Bold Lewis won
for T&T, racing was on the turf.
Bigman In Town has also been entered for the
Grade One---XII Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy on
the same day.
Here are the nominated horses for the XXXIII
Sandy Lane Gold Cup:
Aristodemus, Areutalkintome, Bigman In Town,
Dashing David, Discreetwon, Giovedi, Indian Officer,
Kendal Moon, Knight Rider, Jakessam, Shared Adven-
These are the nominated horses for XII Tanglewood
Stakes and Trophy:
Bandera Belle, Bigman In Town, Cinnamon Jane,
Erados, Galxy, Janak s Gold, Kendal Moon, Open
Secret, Roars, Sirius Black, Ucantmeanme, Vanity
The eight Betting Shops which have been closed
since December are expected to reopen on Monday,
according to a media release issued by the Book-
makers Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
The media release noted that the eight private
betting shops, who are part of the Bookmakers Asso-
ciation s membership, were concerned about the
welfare of their employees.
"At a recent meeting with the Betting Levy Board
and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment,
Vasant Bharath, no agreement was reached for the
removal of the ten per cent tax the punter has to
pay on every bet, which has a negative impact on
the betting business and a serious burden on the
punter," the media release stated.
The media release continued: "While it s not a
good economic decision to reopen, it is important
that we do so for the benefit of our 300 employees."
The betting shops will now reopen after a five-
LAS VEGAS --- With the Super
Bowl approaching, fans are talking
trash, buying snacks, and, more than
ever, placing bets.
Fans bet an unprecedented $99
million on the Super Bowl last year,
and the Nevada gambling industry
expects to break the record again Sun-
day, barring a snowstorm. Nevada
sports books collected record amounts
of football wagers during the tail end
All of this is changing the role of
the humble sports book, which casi-
nos used to see as a low-profit perk
that kept customers from going next
"It s not just an amenity anymore;
it s not just icing on the cake, it s part
of the meal," said Jay Kornegay, who
runs the LVH sports book. "We ve
seen crowds like we ve never seen
Professional gamblers and odds
makers alike attribute the rise in
wagering to the increase in televised
games, and the increasing ubiquity
of sports analysis.
Amateur gamblers are more likely
to bet on a game they can watch,
because the emotional journey is part
of the fun.
The proliferation of sports podcasts,
blogs and Web sites, as well as the
debates that rage on social media,
have all made fans feel more educated
and confident in their opinions,
according to Kornegay, who spent last
week furiously working with four
staffers to figure out hyper-specific
data points like the number of recep-
tions Denver running back Knowshon
Moreno is likely to have.
Proposition wagers, in which gam-
blers bet on elements of the game
aside from the final score, account
for as much as 60 per cent of Super
Bowl bets in Nevada.
Johnny Avello, who runs the lux-
urious sports book at Wynn, where
the chairs are made of fine leather
and the carpet is thick enough to pass
out on, believes the stigma is also
falling away from the pastime.
Avello, who speaks with a Good-
fellas-type Brooklyn accent even
though he grew up in upstate New
York, says this is the biggest change
he s seen in the past decades.
"Even Al Michaels on (Sunday)
Night Football will say, Wow, they
covered the spread, " he said, grinning
When casinos figure out how to
attract fantasy sports players to the
Strip, profits may soar even farther.
Some of this growth was hidden
by the recession. People scale back
on gambling before other discretionary
spending, and the handle--- the total
amount of money wagered --- plum-
meted in 2009. It was the only fiscal
year of the past ten that saw a decline
in sports betting.
Oddsmakers believe the previous
Super Bowl record, set in 2006, would
have been upended years before 2013
if not for the hard times.
Last fall, gamblers set records in
September, October and November.
In November, the last month for which
statistics have been released, sports
books handled $490 million in wagers.
On Sunday, the Super Bowl will be
played outdoors at a site with cold
weather for the first time, and the
industry is worried that snow could
throw off the handle when the Sea-
hawks meet the Broncos, favoured to
win by 2.5 points, in New Jersey.
Brian Boodramsingh ...on board Headline News
Football betting more popular than ever in Vegas
reopen on Monday
Bigman goes after
Sandy Lane Gold Cup
Boodramsingh looks to go clear
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