First defeat for 'Popstar'
Jamaica's Horse of the Year, Princess Popstar, suffered her first defeat when beaten by stable companion and fellow Jamaican-bred, Momentum, in the TT $500,000 (US$79,000) Trinidad Derby over 2,000 metres for West Indian bred three-year-olds at the Santa Rosa racetrack on Wednesday.
Ridden by young jockey Brian Boodramsingh, Momentum became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in that country for 11 years.
Boodramsingh stalked with the three-year-old bay colt throughout the 2,000-metres trip before making his move at the top of the stretch and running way to reach the wire four lengths clear in 2:07.30.
Princess Popstar, the 3-5 favourite with Wilmer Galviz aboard, was surprisingly held off the pace and finished second, Glorious Country third and Raeven Renae with Shane Ellis aboard, closing up for fourth.
Triple Crown winners
The John O'Brien-trained Momentum, by Western Classic - Sea Treaty and bred in Jamaica by Everglades Farms, joined Carnival Messiah and Top of the Class as the only Triple Crown winners since the sport was moved to Santa Rosa Park 20 years ago.
Carnival Messiah accomplished the feat in 2001 while Top of the Class tasted similar success in 2003. Both were trained by Glenn Mendez.
The Triple Crown comprises the Easter Guineas, the Midsummer Classic and the Trinidad Derby.