Nekitta, a highly fancied three year-old filly, seems to be the one to beat in the 2013 running of the United Insurance Barbados Derby this Thursday at the Garrison Savannah.
Already a convincing winner in the Barbados Guineas and the Mid-Summer Classic, Nekitta, with champion apprentice Antonio Whitehall in the saddle, is seeking to register a historic Triple Crown performance with a win in the Derby.
Should Whitehall pilot the filly to victory, she will join recent triple-crown champions — Areutalkintome in 2009 and Zouk in 2006.
The United Barbados Derby is the 8th race on the nine-race programme and will be run over 10 furlongs. The Barbados Turf Club’s liaison officer, Mohammed Mohamad, reported that a full field was entered for the event and all was set for an exciting and memorable Derby.
Among the other starters seeking to upstage the favourite are Vanity Affair, The Price Is Right, High Tide and Knight Rider.
Organisers and sponsors updated the media last week during a media conference at the United Insurance boardroom in Bridgetown, where marketing manager Sharron Alleyne-Elcock disclosed that this was the 29th year of sponsorship by United and they were happy to be associated with such a highly anticipated event on the local racing calendar.
“We are looking forward to an excellent day of racing and we encourage Barbadians to come out to what we’re calling the United Insurance Derby Festival. It will not be just another race day, but one filled with lots of entertainment and fun for the family. Along with exciting races, there will also be attractions and giveaways for race fans,” said Alleyne-Elcock.
The marketing manager further said that in keeping with the spirit of Crop-Over and Emancipation Day, part of the entertainment on race-day would be performances from Honey Jam Barbados artistes and calypsonians from the Headliners Tent.
The supporting feature race on Derby Day is the Tommy Peirce Memorial Trophy to be run over 1570 metres, with a purse of $20 000.
The 2012 United Insurance Barbados Derby was won by Bandera Belle. (BB)