Tipped to win
The Johnathan Simpson-trained The Price Is Right will most probably start favourite in The Diamonds International/Crown of Light Sprint Stakes & Trophy – the day’s feature race – when the Barbados Turf Club’s first race day for 2013 runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.
The race, which is for West Indies-bred three-year-old animals, will be run over a distance of 1100 metres and seven horses are expected to be sent on their way by starter Mark Batson. Total prize money in the race is $30,000.
The Price Is Right, a filly, has won her last three starts and her total prize money to date is $54,339, just over $40,000 more than her nearest competitor, Flying South, who has earnings so far of $13,750.
Flying South, trained by Stephen Bynoe, has won two of his three starts and to date his earnings total $13,750. Next in earnings in this 1100 metres event is the Andy Ward-trained High Tide, with $12,805 going to her owner despite not winning any of her last seven starts. The Victor Cheeseman-trained Khartoum follows next with earnings of $7,560 which includes a win over 1570 metres on November 17.
The only other horse entered in the race with earnings over $1,000 is the Richard Deane-trained North Western, which finished fourth in her lone start to date, namely a 1100 metres event won by The Price Is Right on December 15.
The field will be completed by Zouk’s Girl, trained by Johnathan Simpson, and the Edward Walcott Jr.-trained Snow White, which will be making her racing debut here.
Twelve horses have been entered in the day’s other main race, The Diamonds International/Hublot-Crown of Light Handicap for three-years-old and over (Rated 80-160; also Rated 79 and below) going 1,800 metres.
The Richard Deane-trained seven-year-old, Duc D Fer, with earnings so far totalling $228,843, heads a field which should provide race fans with a close and exciting finish.
Seven of the 12 horses entered – including Duc D Fer – are imports from the United States while the other five are all locally bred.
Next in the earnings category is the locally-bred Island Memories, with earnings totalling $164,042.Other top earners in the event are Captain Sully ($77,692); Indanger ($65,732); Lady Quill ($64,130); Local Speed ($64,100); Charge It ($63,430); A.P.Vincero ($61,800); and Indian Officer ($60,350). (TE)††