Exciting derby next weekend
Excitement is already building for the 76th running of the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby on July 25 at the Garrison Savannah.
This will be the 31st year the Barbados classic will be under the banner of Massy United Insurance and at the race’s launch at the Garrison Savannah today, Massy United Insurance chief executive officer Howard Hall said it was anticipated this year’s classic would be a grand event.
Hall said the Derby was Barbados’ most important and historic racing event for regionally bred horses. He promised that the needs of spectators would be adequately catered to while they witnessed the colourful and exciting grand parade just before the main event. Measures, he added, had been taken to include those in the bay and around the track in the proceedings.
Chief executive officer of the Barbados Turf Club Rosette Peirce gave a run-down of the entrants, noting it would be a quality field that would not disappoint race fans.
Peirce said this year’s race would include crowd favourite Poetic Licence who is no stranger to the winners’ circle. Despite his outstanding portfolio, she noted, his loss to Donicodidit suggested the 2000-metres distance might be a challenge.
Peirce said that according to his trainers, Trinidadian-bred bay colt Bulletproof was prepared and ready for the race. She noted his entry would be the first time in many years that the Derby would have a horse from Trinidad. Bulletproof will be ridden by Panamanian Noel Abrego who won the Derby in 2010 with Leave It To Me.
Also contesting the Barbados Derby will be Hercules, Tachyon, Benghazi, English Rose, Gayzing, Island Woman, Thismeanswar, Banditk, What’s Up Dude and Donicodidit.
More than $100,000 is at stake in this year’s classic.