SVL launches 2-y-o Triple Crown series
The Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series will kick-start an exciting last quarter of racing at Caymanas Park this Saturday with the first of the three races, the $2.95-million Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight.
Details for the $11.4-million series, which marks its 12th staging, were outlined by representatives of SVL and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday's launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.
Denzil Miller Jr, CTL's racing secretary, expects a field of 12 to face the starter, among them the unbeaten stable companions SHE'S A MAN EATER and ARMAGEDDON from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; MONEY MAGNET, VERY CLASSIC, AWESOME SAUCE and a third DaCosta runner, MR UNIVERSE.
Paul Hoo, chairman of SVL, the company that will soon take over Caymanas Park - following approval of their divestment bid by government - said the series will continue on Saturday, November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, with a purse of $4 million.
Any 2-y-o good enough to win all three races will receive a million-dollar bonus by SVL.
Hoo added: "This year the 2-y-o series happens while other exciting things are taking place on the racing landscape, chief among them, for us, our pending new role with Caymanas Track. The work continues in earnest to finalise that negotiation and the final takeover date," he informed.
"It is our intention to continue in the future our investment in the series, as it reinforces our commitment to horse racing in Jamaica. It is our plan to revitalise racing for the benefit of all stakeholders through new marketing and markets, thereby increasing much needed revenues."
He was quick to add that SVL wanted to do something a little different this year, presenting special awards to the top trainer (Wayne DaCosta with 11 wins, including Fatty Bum Bum, Perfect Neighbour, Future King) over the past 11 years; Ruth Hussey (top owner), Shane Ellis (top jockey with five wins, including Miss Ruth, All Correct)) and Byron Murray of Princess Popstar fame (top groom) with all three wins by the outstanding filly when she swept the series in 2013.
Also speaking were Simone Clarke-Cooper, SVL's assistant vice-president, corporate communications, who highlighted a range of promotional activities on the day, and CTL's managing director, Shane Dalling, who hailed the contribution of SVL as the foremost sponsor in local racing, with five major races, including the Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) and the ultra-rich Diamond Mile to be run in December.