19 left in Trinidad Derby
NINETEEN West Indian-bred three year-olds were nominated at the fifth nomination stage for the 2,000-metre Trinidad Derby Stakes, which will be run off at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on September 24, Republic Day.
The Arima Race Club collected $152,400 in nomination fees for the blue riband event, which carries a purse of $500,000.
Headline News booked his Derby ticket with an impressive win last Saturday. And Barbados connections have made an “investment” for their entry, Khartoum to participate in the Derby by paying a penalty of $6,000 to gain eligibility.
With the Derby only able to accommodate 16 runners, maidens Soca Train and Wing Commander look set to be the reserves.
Triple Crown contender War Of Words, who won the first two legs of the series—the Easter Guineas and Midsummer Classic—is among the nominees, along with fellow Jamaica-bred Bigman In Town, who appears to be his biggest threat after trotting up by 21 lengths in his local debut over 1,750 metres in a fast 1:51. They are joined by Oaks heroine Perfect Day and Breeders Stakes winner Pot Of Gold.
The first nomination for the 1,200-metre Caribbean Sprint Championship was also accepted on Wednesday, with Bigman In Town and stablemate Perfect Day set to take on champion trainer John O’Brien’s pair of Headline News and speedy Hyat Princess in the one-turn event, scheduled for November 14.
And the first nomination for the 1,350-metre Three-Year-Old Sprint Stakes, set for November 9, was accepted on Wednesday, with importation Crime Of Passion among the ten nominees, along with creoles Pot of Gold, Headline News and Central Square, who are his stablemates.
Nominees for the Trinidad Derby Stakes, Caribbean Sprint Championship and Sprint Stakes:
TRINIDAD DERBY STAKES (GRADE I)--NOMINATED WI-BRED 3 Y.O. (19)--2,000 Metres--Bigman In Town (Jam), Chase The Dragon, Fire Light (Jam), Gold Rush, Headline News, Honour Roll, Nekitta (Bar), Perfect Day (Jam), Plum Plum (Jam), Pot Of Gold, Prince Zeshan (Jam), Rhea’s Toy Soldier (Jam), Soca Train (Jam), Spotted Eagle, Sweet Genius, Urban Knight (Jam), War Of Words (Jam), Wing Commander, Khartoum (Bar) (Pen).
CARIBBEAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (GRADE IIR)--NOMINATED WI-BRED 3 Y.O. & OVER (14)--1,200 Metres--Bigman In Town (Jam), Central Square, Chase The Dragon, Headline News, Hyatt Princess, Onefortheroad (Jam), Painted Buddha, Perfect Day (Jam), Pot Of Gold, She’s A Cutie (Jam), Skyline Pigeon, Slippery Sam, Unquestionable, Urban Knight (Jam).
THREE-YEAR-OLD SPRINT STAKES (GRADE IIR)--NOMINATED 3 Y.O. (10)--1,350 Metres--Bigman In Town (Jam), Central Square, Crime Of Passion (USA), Golden Enchantment (USA), Harry Can Dance (USA), Headline News, Hyat Princess, Key Chain (USA), Pot Of Gold, Wild Excitement (USA).