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Over $1 million for Boxing Day card

BOXING DAY is the only race day on the local calender where three Grade One races are staged at Santa Rosa Park, which means over $1 million in prize money is at stake.

The combined purse for those three races is $800,000. The races are the Open Grade One Republic Bank Gold Cup, with the winners riding off with $500,000; the restricted $150,000 Grade One St Ann's Stakes (fillies); and the $150,000 St James Stakes (colts & geldings) for West Indian-bred juveniles.

This makes Boxing Day the richest day on the calendar. In terms of the purse, it is surpassed only by last year's Caribbean Nations Challenge, staged on December 3 also at Santa Rosa.

A total of 128 horses were entered yesterday for the ten-race holiday card, which is sponsored by Republic Bank. Tribute will be paid to 11-time champion jockey, Brian Harding, who is retiring from the sport. He has secured six rides on the day, but none in the curtain event—the tenth race, which will be named the Brian Harding Last Ride race.

Here are the declared runners, their riders, weights and post position for the ten races which carry a post time 11.00 a.m.

RACE 1--11.00 a.m.--W.I.BRED 3 Y.O. & OVER MAIDENS--1,350 Metres--$43,000--1. Traditional Song 49.5 P. Badrie; 2. Slip Away 52.5 S. Samuel; 3. Rosie Dream 49.5 L. Ramos; 4. Young Dinaro 40 Y. Cristalino; 5. Skyzim 54.5 D. Butcher; 6. Stairway to Heaven 49.5 R. Ali; 7. Red Howler 51.5 P. Badrie; 8. Le Cheraux Dansur 54.5 R. Rajkumar; 9. Red Cloud 56.5 L. Lopez; 10. Just My Luck 52.5 S. Rodrigo; 11. Sparkling Silver 44.5 H. Sanchez.

RACE 2--11.40--T&T BRED 2 Y.O. & OVER HORSES RATED 30-0--1,100 Metres(TURF)--$30,000--1. Red-Hot Wheels 52.5 P. Badrie; 2. Game Adzalia 52.5 R. Jadoo; 3. Queen Esther 56.5 N. Patrick; 4. Sweet Parang Music 48 N. Flavenney; 5. The Conqueror 53 R. Ali; 6. Third Time Lucky 55 S. Rodrigo; 7. Dazzling Diamond 49.5 R. Hernandez; 8. Zipitup 56.5 R. Rajkumar; 9. Eyes Of The Wolf 52.5 J. Stephen; 10. Love In Tokyo 49 Y. Cristalino; 11. Stroke Of Love 54 B. Boodramsingh; 12. The Problem Solver 56 S. Samuel; 13. Reiko King 56.5 K. Khelawan.

RACE 3--12.20--2 Y.O. & 0VER HORSES RATED 85-65--1,750 Metres--$48,500--1. Odin 54.5 B. Boodramsingh; 2. Becquerel 52.5 P. Badrie; 3. Chief's Nephew 51 H. Sanchez; 4. Free Passage 54.5 L. Ramos; 5. Big Thing 51.5 K. Khelawan; 6. Believe It Or Not 51 R. Ali; 7. Lang Amour 54 N. Patrick; 8. Toro Rosso 56.5 E. Ramsammy; 9. Nettoyer 51 B. Harding; 10. Officer Ike 53.5 R. Jadoo.

RACE 4--1.00--2 Y.O. & OVER HORSES RATED 55-35--1,100 Metres(TURF)--$36,400--1. Enigmatic 52 K. Khelawan; 2. Always Ready 54.5 N. Flavenney; 3. Painted Buddha 53 Y. Cristalino; 4. Prince Shival 55.5 B. Harding; 5. Fearghas 54 S. Rodrigo; 6. Precise Rule 56 B. Boodramsingh; 7. Midnight Express 53 J. Arneaud; 8. Actin Time 56.5 P. Badrie; 9. Lady Sage 56 D. Khelawan; 10. Lady Marisa 53 L. Ramos; 11. Tennesse Hustler 54.5 D. Gopie; 12. Aztec Gold 53.5 N. Samaroo; 13. Grand Slam 56.5 S. Samuel; 14. Best Defence (Res 1) 52.5 R. Jadoo; 15. Sea Storm 53.5 R. Ali; 16. Who Is The Problem 52.5 D. Butcher.

RACE 5--1.40--REPUBLIC BANK ONLINE ST JAMES STAKES (GR.1. R C&G )--1,350 Metres--$150,000--1. Big Man 55 D. Khelawan; 2. Run Ron 55 R. Jadoo; 3. Central Square 55 E. Ramsammy; 4. War Of Words 55 B. Harding; 5. Zorro 55 Y. Cristalino; 6. Prince Zeshan 55 N. Abrego.

RACE 6--2.20--2 Y.O. & OVER HORSES RATED 45-0--1,350 Metres--$33,000--1. Glittering Gold 54 R. Hernandez; 2. Zahawi 56 R. Hernandez; 3. Seal The Deal 55.5 B. Pahal; 4. Team Connection 55.5 N. Patrick; 5. Danzig's Day (Res 1) 45.5 J. Arneaud; 6. Bird King (Res 2) 44 N. Flavenney; 7. Agra 54.5 S. Samuel; 8. Classic Material 56.5 W. Galviz; 9. Schylers Gold 50 R. Hasranah; 10. Little Otis 51.5 K. Khelawan; 11. Explorer 56.5 N. Abrego; 12. Diamond T 54.5 P. Badrie; 13. Zen Master 56.5 D. Butcher; 14. Mambo Lady 56.5 R. Thomas; 15. Princess Jo Ann 55 B. Harding; 16. Strategic Silence 52 S. Rodrigo; 17. Naughty N Nice 56.5 E. Ramsammy; 18. Chief Crazyhorse 56.5 S. Gonzalez.

RACE 7--3.00-REPUBLIC MORTGAGES ST ANN'S STAKES (GR. 1 R) -- WEST INDIAN-BRED 2 Y.0. FILLIES -- 1,350 Metres -- $150,000--1. Always A Princess 55 E. Ramsammy; 2. Star Dreamer 55 K. Khelawan; 3. Lady Felisha 55 N. Abrego; 4. Big Red 55 D. Khelawan; 5. Diamond Queen 55 J. Arneaud; 6. Black Pepper 55 B. Harding; 7. Pearl Secret 55 R. Jadoo; 8. Salome 55 S. Rodrigo; 9. Safra Tilah 55 W. Galviz; 10. Heidi's Tzippi 55 P. Badrie; 11. Wise Decision 55 S. Gonzalez; 12. She's A Cutie 55 L. Ramos; 13. All Is Yours 55 B. Boodramsingh; 14. Settle D Score 55 H. Sanchez.

RACE 8--3.40--2 Y.0. & OVER HORSES RATED 70-50--1,200 Metres--$43,000--1. Ten Powers 50 R. Hasranah; 2. Alexander 52.5 D. Butcher; 3. Ring The Bell 53.5 R. Jadoo; 4. Bears And Bulls 55 W. Galviz; 5. Malibu Heights 52.5 N. Abrego; 6. Mambo Cat 54.5 R. Ali; 7. Luca's Gold 56.5 L. Ramos; 8. Caro's Legacy 54.5 E. Ramsammy; 9. The Right Time 53.5 S. Rodrigo; 10. A Great Millennium 53 K. Khelawan; 11. Hey Big Fella 53.5 J. Arneaud; 12. Diplomatic Cat 54 D. Khelawan; 13. Roman Anthem 53 P. Badrie.

RACE 9--4.20--REPUBLIC BANK GOLD CUP (GR 1) -- WEST INDIAN-BRED 3 Y.O & OVER AND IMPORTED 2 Y.O. & OVER -- 2,000 Metres-- $500,000--1. Galveston 51 H. Sanchez; 2. Boogie Blues 56 W. Galviz; 3. Gabby's Gold 53 S. Gonzalez; 4. Buffalo Soldier 53 L. Ramos; 5. Mobthewarrior 56 B. Boodramsingh; 6. Montejo 56 E. Ramsammy; 7. Bruceontheloose 56 N. Abrego; 8. King Street 56 J. Arneaud; 9. Secret American 53 B. Harding; 10. Youaresobad 56 R. Jadoo; 11. Readbetweendlines 56 N. Samaroo; 12. Golden Dixieland 53 S. Rodrigo; 13. Strikes Not Spares 56 R. Ali.

RACE 10--5.00--2 Y.O. & OVER HORSES RATED 60-40--1,350 Metres--$40,000--1. Big Daddy 55.5 B. Boodramsingh; 2. Lady Angelica 54 E. Ramsammy; 3. Gold Bead 54.5 R. Hernandez; 4. No Just Cause 56.5 N. Abrego; 5. Burst Of Energy 56.5 L. Ramos; 6. Blame It On Me 54 S. Gonzalez; 7. Big Boy Jordan 56.5 W. Galviz; 8. Super Grey 54.5 N. Flavenney; 9. Golden Flight 56 R. Ali; 10. Nandi 55 L. Lopez; 11. Northern Hills 56.5 P. Badrie; 12. Wonderful Whirl 55.5 N. Samaroo; 13. Raise Your Glass 56 D. Khelawan; 14. Taste Of Texas 56.5 K. Khelawan.

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