The first race is expected to commence from 3:00pm.
Six highly competitive races, including a “Match Race” in the finale of the day, have been carded for this Pre-Music Fest event.
The LIME Trophy”, a six and one-half furlong event for Open Company, four years old and upwards, carries a purse of EC$10,000, and will run as the fifth race on the program.
Owner Daislyn Sharpe sends out a powerful combination in both Tizbig and American Dance in this featured race. Tizbig, trained by Bolton Wisdom, was named 2010 St. Kitts Horse of the Year and returns to the races after having last won on “Boxing Day”. Tizbig won five of his six races at Beaumont Park and holds the track record at six and one-half furlongs. 2010 St. Kitts Jockey of the Year, J’son Liburd, will once again be in the irons.
Mrs. Sharpe’s American Dance will be seeking its seventh consecutive victory since hitting the shores of St. Kitts. In his last appearance on Easter Sunday, April 24th, American Dance set a new track record for the Dieppe Bay oval at the seven furlong distance in one minute, twenty-four and two-fifths seconds. Jockey Laird Bailey will once again be called upon for saddle services.
It will be exciting to see these two dynamic runners battle through the lane and watch the racing fans project who will be in front at the finish line. Chief Rocker Stable’s charge of Mr. Big Stuff looks to be the likely candidate as a potential spoiler. From the barn of Antiguan trainer Neil Cochrane, Mr. Big Stuff finished third to American Dance in his last effort and will once again retain the riding services of Jeff Jacobs. Local fan favourites, Schleishinger and Jack Idle, round out the remaining challengers.
In the four furlong first race on the program, this wide-open race finds six horses going postward in an Open Company race.
The favourite at post time and at the betting windows will probably be Centennial Racing Stable’s Reina Mia. Reina Mia finished second to New York Prince in her last outing and has always proven competitive against the boys. Trainer John Cheefoon has named Laird Bailey to ride. Another filly deserving respect is Chosen Well. Although still not a winner in St. Kitts, Chosen Well finished third in her most recent race to Mambo Beauty and God’s Grace, both respected local individuals. Tiedintwine, Calling Nicole, Gray In Time, and Daring Spirit will also be trying for the winner’s share of the EC$6,000 purse.
Osuna gets his chance in the second race for redemption after having had (8) eight second place finishes in a row. This steed has missed finding the winner’s circle, having run against the elite stabled on-island. Trainer John Cheefoon has acquired jockey Michael Semple to handle the reigns and feet in the irons. This five furlong race also finds the likes of Rum Salute, Additional Asset, Rainbow Ridge, Spar Dance, and Ragtime completing the field. Look for Spar Dance to run a big race on Sunday. Spar Dance comes off of a game second place finish to Zagros in his last race for Sovereign Racing Stable and his trainer Clement Barnes. Jockey J’son Liburd has the call.
In the third race at four furlongs, a well-balanced group of Open Company drew a field of six. Mambo Beauty looks for her sixth victory in eight starts in St. Kitts for owner D & S Stables and her trainer Ian Liburd. Michael Semple has the call on this filly that will have to deal with the likes of Frontier Sky. Also owned by D & S Stables, but trained by Arcott “Bunny” Thompson, Frontier Sky comes off of his third win back on February 13th. Frontier Sky has won three of four starts at Beaumont Park with one third place finish. Rounding out this excellent betting race are New York Prince, Dryden, Please The King, and Renwood Ridge; all of whom are multiple winners.
A stellar group of Colts and Geldings will go six furlongs in the fourth race. Probable morning line favourite Zagros will be eyeing back-to-back wins for owner Centennial Racing Stables and trainer John Cheefoon. God’s Grace, owned and trained by George Quallis, comes off a second place finish in his last, while Chief Rocker Stable’s The Chosen One and Cedar Racing Stable’s High Wire Glory each have third place finishes to their credit from April 24th. Ski For Luck and Babosa finish out what will no doubt be another excellent betting race on the card.
Murray’s Mazal and Al Portador will square off in a “Match Race” at four panels in the sixth and final race of the day. It will be a “dash for the cash” with a purse of EC$10,000 on the line.
Both horses have matched strides together in past races, but this will be the first meeting of one on one, and will certainly be filled with excitement to see. Murray’s Mazal will have Michael Semple in the saddle for trainer John Cheefoon. Trainer Navin Persaud will have the saddle services of J’son Liburd.