Some of the biggest names in horse racing will take centrestage when the 2015 Hyundai Sale Graduates Race Day comes off this Saturday at the Garrison Savannah.
During a media conference held this morning at Courtesy Garage in Wildey, committee member of the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association (BTBA), Jonathan Simpson, said there were some very small but competitive fields for the Hyundai race day that starts at 1:15 p.m. Among these, he said, would be the Champion Stakes, Sales Graduates and the Juvenile featured on the nine-race card.
Simpson who is just two wins away from a hundred victories as a trainer explained the programme.
“The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association every year has a two-year-old sale and what happens is that these horses go through the sales ring and if bought they are eligible for a sale graduate bonus and if not they are eligible for the sales graduate race meaning that they have passed through the sales so they pay a eligibility fee and in these races, thanks to our friends at Hyundai, the BTBA and the Barbados Turf Club, these horses get to race for much elevated purses. The races are not only for BTBA sales graduates horses but the extra prize money that is provided is only for the BTBA graduates.”
One of the big showdowns will be the Hyundai Sales Graduates Champion Stakes and Trophy which is race number five on the day and that is worth $27,000 and will feature the likes of Sirius Black along with Vanity Affair. The other three horses in that race are Nekitta, Janak’s Gold and Joshua.
Other races includes the Hyundai Tucscon Sales Graduates Futurity which will highlight the two-year-olds and the unbeaten Pay As You Go which should look to stamp its authority against Sadler’s Dream. They should get keen competition from Daddy’s Wish and Damocles, Poetry in Motion, Sia Vonga and Kitbak.
Shared Adventure, Indiano Jones and Wild Cat Tea are just three of the big names that will bring the curtain down in the final handicap race that promises to be an exciting affair
Sales and marketing executive of the Barbados Turf Club and managing director of Strategy Consultant, Sandra Corbin, said horse racing continues to be one of Barbados’ major tourists attraction and she thanked the media and all those who helped to promote the sport in a very positive way.
Meanwhile sales manager of Courtesy Garage Philip Bynoe said this was the third year of partnership with the BTC and they looked forward to more fruitful partnerships in the future.