BARBADOS GOLD CUP – CANADIAN HERO SIR DUDLEY DIGGES GOES FOR GLORY
Woodbine jockey Rafael Hernandez on favoured Shining Copper
Local rider Rafael Hernandez, who is having a strong season in New York currently, will guide Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s tough old timer SHINING COPPER in the Gold Cup at Garrison Savannah today. Post time is 3;30.
Patrick Husbands will not ride the card as his Gold Cup mount, Chip Leader, was scratched.
story from Barbados Advocate by Kent Layne
The attention of sports enthusiasts will be focused on the Garrison Savannah tomorrow as the Caribbean’s most prestigious race, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, comes off at 4.30 p.m.
A field of nine horses was originally slated for the main event which is the day’s ninth race, but the runners have been reduced to eight after USA-based Chip Leader did not make the trip to Barbados as a result of travel issues.
Winner of the last two editions of the Gold Cup Dorsett will be looking to make history and become the second horse after Blast of Storm to win a hat-trick of Gold Cups. Englishman Darryl Holland will be riding Dorsett for the first time tomorrow. Out to stop him will be the Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s pair of Shining Copper, winner of his last three starts and Sir Dudley Digges, winner of the 2015 $1 million Canadian Queens Plate. Shining Copper will be ridden by Puerto Rico-born jockey Raphael Hernandez who placed second last year on High Noon Rider and will be looking to win this time around.
THE BARBADOS GOLD CUP and the entire card can be watched at the Barbados Turf Club website at https://www.barbadosturfclub.org/watch-races-live/
It will also be streamed on HRRN RADIO NETWORK..
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY – Canadians are busy
The eyes of the racing world will be on Gulfstream park as the 11:30 first race post leads to 9 stakes races, capped by the $400,000 FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, race 14.
There is a $2.4 million CARRYOVER for the RAINBOW 6, which begins on race 9, which is a tricky $16,000 claiming event on the grass.
The Champion 2-year-old of 2017 GOOD MAGIC is a monster and he makes his first start as a sophomore. He is the early Kentucky Derby favourite.
Woodbine based trainer READE BAKER has PEPPERED in the race as a 30 to 1 shot.
Canadian Champion NOHOLDINGBACK BEAR is in the Gulfstream Park Sprint – Grade 3 for Bear Stables and trainer Mike DePaulo; the 2017 Queen’s Plate winner HOLY HELENA is in the THE VERY ONE STAKES – Grade; early 2018 Plate contender NEEPAWA is in the Palm Beach Stakes and Canadian breds SHAKHIMAT and CONQUEST SANDMAN are on the MacDiarmida.
That is just a taste of the stakes-laden card at Gulfstream from a local persepective.
TWICE AROUND WINS FOR GAIL COX/HAYMARKET
The Ontario bred 3-year-old filly TWICE AROUND (Jimmy Creed – Vanetta Hill by Crown Attorney, won a nice maiden race at the $50,000 claiming level at Gulfstream Park on March 1 for Woodbine trainer Gail Cox and Haymarket Farm LLC. The $15,000 Kentucky sale yearling was making her 3rd career start and first of the season for Cox.
Twice Around was bred by Sue Foreman in Ontario.