Overnight horses hunt Williams Mem. Trophy
The inaugural running of the Allan E. 'Billy' Williams Memorial Trophy overnight allowance race over 1400 metres will be run at Caymanas Park tomorrow with 12 horses down to face the starter.
The race is being run to perpetuate the memory of the legendary Hall of Fame trainer Billy Williams, who died on May 29, 2009 at age 78.
Williams, who was popularly called 'Masters', won the trainers' championship on three occasions (1964, 1968, 1969) and was the first trainer to saddle 1,000 winners locally. Some of the outstanding horses he has conditioned in a long and distinguished career include NONE SUCH, LEGAL LIGHT and MIRACLE MAN who won the 2006 Confraternity Classic in Puerto Rico, as well as RIMSKY, QUALITEX, DISTINCTLY NATIVE and the American-bred sprinter DISTINCTIVE BINGO.
The trophy was donated by the Rhoden family for whom Williams trained a number of horses over the years.
Maurice Rhoden of Crimson Dawn hailed the contribution of Williams as one of the all-time greats, mentor and gentleman.
"Billy was one in a million and we thought it was fitting to honour his memory with this trophy to be contested for by overnight allowance horses on an annual basis," explained Rhoden.
Top contenders for the race are ALL CORRECT (Shane Ellis)), WILLIE GOLDSMITH (Omar Walker), LOCKED AND LOADED (Dane Nelson) and HOVER CRAFT (Romario Saunders).