by Wade Gibbons
The 2014 United Insurance Barbados Derby, one of the most prestigious races on the racing calendar, will be run on August 9 .
That’s when the island’s top three-year-old locally bred horses will clash at the Garrison Savannah for the right to be called the champion creole of the sport .
This year marks the 75th running of the Derby and the 30th year of unbroken sponsorship of this major horse-racing event by United Insurance, a leading pan-Caribbean insurance company based in Barbados.
Director of Business Development and Strategy for United Insurance, Michael Armstrong said his company was extremely proud to be associated with the Derby for so many years and to count itself as the longest serving partner of the Barbados Turf Club and racing in Barbados.
“As good corporate citizens, United supports several sports in Barbados and the wider Caribbean but we have had a special relationship with racing and we anticipate another exciting Derby Day in August,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong added that United ‘s 30th year of sponsorship was a significant milestone for the sponsors and they were working with all partners to make the 2014 Derby an extra-special day.
President of the Barbados Turf Club, Sir David Seale said the Directors of the BTC were appreciative of the commitment shown by United Insurance and praised them for their long and supportive partnership with racing in Barbados.
“The Derby is a major event on the BTC’s calendar and very important to the racing industry . We salute United Insurance for their support over the past 30 years and for their contribution to the development of the racing on the island,” he said.
The United Insurance Derby is a greatly anticipated annual event on the racing calendar and also a pivotal fixture in the annual Triple Crown for creoles, which also include the Barbados Guineas on May 24 and the Mid-Summer Classic on July 5.