The Season of Emancipation Handicap going 1100 meters headlines the Barbados Turf Club’s sixth day of the second racing season Saturday for the top rated animals.
The Boston John-trained Apparition, the most consistent horse at the Garrison Savannah to date, will face her toughest test. The six-year-old mare has placed in her last 16 starts dating back to last year. She was last unplaced on May 16 last year when she ran fifth in the Grandstand Betting Booth Trophy. Since then she has been a level of consistency. The Steven Jardine mare will have jockey Antonio Perch in the saddle and will take 110 pounds.
The Aysha Syndicate’s Wild Cat Tea had been handicapped at 130 but with the seven-pound claim of young apprentice Delano Lopez to take him down to 123, the 2017 Sandy Lane Spa Sprint winner will be a force to reckon with.
Forsaken One who last defeated Wild Cat Tea at the sprint trip of 1100 meters on May 13 in the Betting Booth Staff Trophy will be looking to get back to that form after finishing last on June 24 in the Pinnacle Feeds Kendal Moon Trophy which was won by Apparition. In his last encounter, he took 127 pounds but will be taking 110 pounds Saturday, three pounds less than when he defeated Wild Cat Tea in the Betting Booth Staff Trophy and can’t be overlooked. Jason Leacock will be aboard Forsaken one.
Daunting David, also from the Hopefield stables, will be taking the top weight of 126 pounds. The six-year-old USA-bred son of Aragorn, had last won on December 10 last year when taking the top weight of 130 pounds, defeating favourites Lucky Adventure and Wild Cat Tea in the BTC Board of Directors Handicap. Stable jockey Anderson Trotman will be on the Liz Deane-trained horse.
The third of the Hopefield entrants will be Dazzling David. The horse has been off the track for 105 days having not raced since April 1 in the Main Guard Handicap when finishing fourth of four runners in a race which was won by Lucky Adventure. The chestnut son of Frud will be looking to turn around that form.
Rounding off the five-horse field will be Gayzing from the Gay Smith stables. Gayzing will be returning after not racing for 497 days. He last raced on Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day 2016, finishing second to top creole Sirius Black in the Tanglewood Stakes And Trophy going 10 furlongs. Gayzing will take 116 pounds and fitness level will determine his finish. Stable jockey Antonio Bishop will have the leg up on the Edward Walcott Jr-trained animal. The Season of Emancipation Handicap race No. 7 on the eight-race card will run at 5.05 p.m.
The 2017 juvenile two-year olds will make their debut in race 1, The Baileys Plantation Condition race going 1000 meters. Four-time champion trainer Victor Cheeseman will be looking for back to back wins in this race after winning the first two-year-old race of 2016 with Watch That Birdie. In this year’s race he will be represented by horse number 1 Jackmanannygap owned by Luther G Miller III and bred by Raphael Greene. Jackmanannygap is a bay colt by champion sire Janak out of locally bred mare Mrs B and has been showing signs of forwardness at gallops.
Horse number 4, Peruvian, a bay colt by Toby’s Dream out of the forty mile mare Fernadina, has been doing some good gallops at exercise and trainer Richard Deane seems confident this could be the one of this three horses to be a first-time winner. Crissy Crissy and Corner Stone are Richard Deane’s other entrants and have been spotted breaking from the gates and could be doing their work at the end.
Horse number 6 is Dontdoubtdoris by the sire Toby’s Dream out of the speedy mare Azwa – her first foal to race. Dontdoubtdoris looks like a sprinting type like her parents. Horse number 3 Leviticus is a very attractive looking sort from the Mark Armstrong stable by the sire Zwick and also looks forward.
Post time for Saturday’s eight-race card is 2 p.m.