Superday attracts many sponsors - Post to Post title sponsor
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 36th running of the rich and prestigious Superstakes over 2,000 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday, November 8, will be a big family affair.
In addition to title sponsor Post to Post Betting Limited, who has contributed $700,000 to the $4.5 million purse, the 10 remaining races on the card will benefit from individual sponsors, nearly all of whom were represented at yesterday's Superstakes launch in the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park.
The card will feature four graded races - the Superstakes, the 27th running of the Tutti Frutti-sponsored Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1,200 metres with a purse of $1.75 million, the eighth running of the HAM Stables Limited Juvenile Sprint (grade III) for native bred two-year-olds over 1,300 metres with a purse of $1 million and the inaugural running of the Caymanas Invitational Mile (grade one), a handicap race for native and imported three-year-olds, up for a purse of $1.25 million.
CTL Imported Mile
CTL racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr noted that this race was previously run as the CTL Imported Mile, but due to a notable reduction of imported horses at Caymanas Park, a decision was taken to mix the best of the local bred middle distance horses with the foreigners to be represented by UPPA TUNE, GO GO YVONNE, RIO COBRE, NEW KINGSTON, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and PETE'SWILDONE.
Apart from title sponsors Post to Post, the remaining races and their sponsors are as follows:
The Herald Super Rush Trophy for $180,000 claiming horses over 1,300 metres for a purse of $538,000; the Mercedes Gold Stud & Stables Trophy for $250,000 - $210,000 claimers over 1,100 metres for a purse of $562,000; the Dayton Flyer Sprint Trophy for two-year-old maidens over 1,100 metres for a purse of $815,000 sponsored by Lorenzo Robinson; the Walkerswood Firestick Hot Sauce Trophy restricted allowance V for four-year-olds and up over 1,400 metres for a purse of $580.000; the SEEK EXERCISE Book Trophy, a maiden condition race for three-year-olds over 1,400 metres for a purse of $815,000 sponsored by Book Empire; the Orange Valley Estates Limited Trophy restricted allowance II for three-year-olds over 1,200 metres sponsored by Orange valley Estates Stud Farm in Trelawny and the TOBA Sprint restricted stakes over 1,300 metres for a purse of $815,000 sponsored by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica.
Miller said the Superstakes, as usual, will be the focus of attention, thanks to the presence of the three top distance horses in the country - COMMANDING CHIEF, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and last year's winner TYPEWRITER.
The sprint should also be interesting with the speedy 3-y-o filly BUBBLING ANGELINE, POTCHEEN, CRUCIAL APPEAL, ROCK UNION, WILLIE GOLDSMITH, THE GUV, BIORDERLINE and the three-year-old colt TALENTED TONY K, winner of this year's 2,000 Guineas and Lotto Classic, expected to run.
The day will also feature live boxing, thanks to a deal between CTL and the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control. Wray & Nephew Contender series finalist Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis will trade punches with the popular Migel 'Iron Dog' Raye in an exhibition match, coupled with another bout featuring two amateur fighters.
This was disclosed by Boxing Board's general secretary, Leroy Brown, who along with director Keith Brown were present.
Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer of CTL, said the novel approach to the Superday sponsorship "not only opens up participation to modest sponsorship but also brings a significant variety to the day and to the mutual benefit of all involved. We believe that this approach will enhance sponsorship in the future", he said.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors were Seretse Bell, sports manager, Post to Post; Bruce Baylis, managing director of Book Empire (Seek); Rodger Brown, managing director of Herald Printers, and Sean Garbutt, marketing director of Walkerswood Firestick Hot Sauce.