Small field expected for Stewards Cup
THERE was a marked reduction in the amount of horses nominated for this year’s premier sprint event--the rich 1,200-metre Stewards Cup, which will be run off on December 7, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
At the second nomination stage on Wednesday for the $250,000 Stakes event, the connections of two horses, Slewjero and Wild Shuffle paid penalties totalling $5,000 for their eligibility, moving the amount of nominees from six from the first nomination to eight at the second stage.
Among the nominees is three-year-old colt Crime Of Passion, who was put in his place by trainer Jose William-Samaroo’s mare, Scared Trust in the 1,350-metre NGC Diamond Stakes on Derby Day. He is joined by former Stewards Cup winner, Signal Alert, who was beaten into second last year by Bruceontheloose, who died earlier in the year from a bout of colic.
And nomination for the 1,200-metre Caribbean Sprint Championship was also accepted on Wednesday. Among the nominees is this year’s 2,000-metre NGC CNG Trinidad Derby Stakes winner, Bigman In Town and fourth-placed finisher, Headline News.
Ten creoles were nominated for this event, which was originally scheduled for November 2 but has been moved to November 9. November 2 is Divali, and in respect for the Hindu religious holiday, the Arima Race Club (ARC) pushed back the date.
Here are the nominees for the Grade One Stewards Cup and the Restricted Grade Three Caribbean Sprint Championship:
STEWARDS CUP — 1,200 Metres — December 7
Crime Of Passion (USA); Intact (USA); King Whistler (USA); Sacred Trust (USA); Signal Alert (USA); Youaresobad (USA); Slewjero (USA) (Pen); Wild Shuffle (USA) (Pen).
CARIBBEAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (GR 111R) — 1,200 Metres — November 9
Bigman IN Town (Jam); Central Square; Headline News; Hyat Princess; Onefortheroad (Jam); Pot Of Gold; She’s A Cutie (Jam); Skyline Pigeon; Slippery Sam; Unquestionable.