Pedigree wins out

The 2016 horse of the year Northern Star showed his pedigree on Saturday when he won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association (BTBA) Sprint in memory of Francis Cozier.

Northern Star sped away from his main rival Nekitta in superb fashion by three and a quarter lengths to win his first sprint race. The 2016 Massy United Insurance Derby winner has given champion trainer for the last four years, Victor Cheeseman, a record-equalling three BTBA sprints in succession after winning with Sirius Black for the last two years. Trainer Cheeseman has now matched that record which the late trainer Clayton Greenidge had set with the speedy Kabul who is the only horse to win the Breeders Sprint three times in a row.

Northern Star won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association Sprint on Saturday.

Northern Star has now also matched the record of his stable mate Sirius Black who had won at all distances at the Garrison Savannah from 1100 meters to 2200 meters. Jalon Samuel settled Northern Star into the second position behind Nekitta in the early stages but was given the go ahead by Samuel at the three-furlong marker. At the top of the home stretch, Northern Star sprinted away from Nekitta and 2013 Derby winner Knight Rider finishing third with Vapour Trail completing the four-horse field. Northern Star has now won four races in a row and 11 of 15 races marching towards $300 000 in total career earnings after winning the $20 000 purse event on Saturday.

In the Kabul Handicap named after the only horse to win three BTBA sprints in a row, Spartacus trained by the Boston John stable, showed a good turn of foot and has now won two races in a row. Relaxed in second behind archrival Stolen in the 1800 meter contest, jockey Anderson Trotman shook the reins of Spartacus at the three-furlong marker and the five-year-old horse quickened nicely, winning by three lengths in a time of 153.4 on a track listed as good to firm by track and paddock manager Jerry Alleyne. Three-year old imported filly Celestial Song ran a gem of a race to finish second after being third behind Stolen and Spartacus in the early stages, then dropping back to second last in the six-horse field and quickening nicely in the last two furlongs to finish second.

Donicodidit from the Robert Peirce stable now has the distinction of running third in his last four starts. Three-year-old Won Grand ran a great race to finish fourth. Refire from the Richard Deane barn ran fifth and four-year-old filly Stolen who had set the pace early on dropped to finish last of six. Her connections would be going back to the drawing board as this filly had a hat-trick of wins earlier this year.

Eight -time champion jockey Anderson Trotman was the only rider to record a double on the day and is now three wins away from breaking the overall win record at the Garrison Savannah set by Venice Richards who ended with 509. Trotman won back-to-back races landing race three The Tarah Handicap with locally bred four-year- old colt War Music placing him in second behind pace-setter three-year-old imported filly Andale Julia before pouncing on the leader at the two-furlong marker to win by one and a quarter from the pacesetter.

Racing continues on August 26, the last day of the second season.

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