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3 Tortola horses in STT's Governor’s Cup

- Doughmaker, Chilean Boy & Trading Secrets to represent Tortola on May 1, 2015 @ Clinton E. Phipps track
Trading Secrets owned by Family Affair Stables. Photo: VINO/File
Doughmaker is ready, says owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge. Photo: VINO
Doughmaker is ready, says owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge. Photo: VINO
Chilean Boy's owner Lesmore Smith is expecting nothing less than victory. Photo: VINO/File
Chilean Boy's owner Lesmore Smith is expecting nothing less than victory. Photo: VINO/File
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI – Three Tortola horses, Doughmaker, Chilean Boy and Trading Secrets will go head to head with Uptown Anthem, Giant Valley and Break Up The Game in the Governor’s Cup – the feature race on May 1, 2015 at the Clinton E. Phipps Race Track, St. Thomas, USVI.

The purse for this race is a whopping $20,000 and it goes a distance of one mile 70 yards and will be run at 5:45 PM.

The first race at the Clinton E. Phipps race track features Grand Family, Peacephilly, La Nina W, Daddy’s Dream, Benny Southstreet and D’Pretender in a Class E 1 Mile showdown for a purse of $6,000.

Race two features Coupon, Unguided Missile, Noble Forever, Auston Got Even, Funny Accommodation and Flying Aptitude for a purse of $6,500.

Race three, for the Warren ‘Tobago’ Estrada Trophy features Bar Magic, King Hugo Simon Sez Run, Starship Titan, Jordan’s Image and Tiger Glider for a purse of $7,000.

Race four will feature Machoramus, Buy Buy Buy, Rough n Royal, Appealing Son, Sin Mirar Atras and Pumped Up Kicks for a purse of $6,700. Race five will be an open 6 furlong race featuring Luxury Appeal, Philly Thunder, Swiggle, Apollo Sky, Plotter and Trust me of St. Croix.

Race six will see Scripture n Verse, Bittersweet Dream, Yourluckytohaveme, Fair Command, Cupid’s Messenger and Gene’s Blue Moon.

Race seven will see Still Unbroken coming up against St Moose, Prince of Speed and Passe Havae. Race nine will see Perfect Sunday doing battle with Warrior’s Cove, Yes By Eric Kiton, Joyful Minister and Fly In The Soup.

L&B Stables' horses already in STT

Asked about the preparation for the race, Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge of L&B Stables said, “We are in St Thomas already. We always come down earlier than the others. We would spend like a week to let the horses settle.”

She said Doughmaker and Bittersweet Dream are looking good and she insisted they are ready for their races.

Asked which horse she believed was the competition to pay attention to, Hodge said she never sees one horse over the other but all horses as competition. “I think I’m ready for them,” she added.

She also believes Doughmaker will bounce back from its performance two weeks ago when it was defeated by Apollo Sky. “I believe we will see a different Doughmaker this time,” said Hodge.

Chilean Boy touted to win

Speaking to this news site, horse owner Lesmore Smith said he has a total of three horses going down to St Thomas: Chilean Boy, Kiton and King Hugo. “My expectation is to win the races,” he said confidently. He said the card is “a nice one” as the horses seem to be evenly matched and this he thinks will make for some great competition.

Enos Z. Aaron, assistant trainer for The Boys’ Stables, speaking to this news site, said Apollo Sky and Yes By Eric are ready to repeat their performance last time out in Tortola. “Yes, they are ready,” he said, noting that one never knows what may happen.

“The horses can’t talk to us and tell us how they feeling but they are fresh from running the last race here so I don’t think there was too much more preparation that had to be done,” said Aaron.

Racing Secretary of the St Thomas Horse Racing Association Kareem ‘Pogo’ Thompson said the preparations are set. “The preparations coming good. Everything about set. All of the races are set,” he said when contacted. “The horses from St. Croix and Tortola are here. Some more are set to arrive on Tuesday. So everything is good so far,” he said.


Clinton Phipps Race Track MAY 1, 2015
RACE 1 : 1:30 P.M.   CLASS E 1 MILE $6,000.00   RACE 5 : 3:30 P.M.   OPEN 6 FUR $ 8,000.00 + FEES
1   GRAND FAMILY 116 lbs.   1   LUXURY APPEAL (TOR) 121 lbs.
2   PEACEPHILLY (STX) 116 lbs.   2   PHILLY THUNDER 118 lbs.
3   LA NINA W 113 lbs   3   SWIGGLE (STX) 113 lbs.
4   DADDY'S DREAM 116 lbs.   4   APOLLO SKY (TOR) 121 lbs.
5   BENNY SOUTHSTREET 116 lbs.   5   PLOTTER (STX) 118 lbs.
6   D'PRETENDER 119 lbs.   6   TRUST ME(STX) 114 lbs.
RACE 2 : 2:00 P.M.   CLASS D 1'40 YDS $6,500.00   RACE 6 : 4:15 P.M.   MARE/FILLIES 1 MILE $9,000.00 + FEES
1   COUPON (STX) 118 lbs.   1   SCRIPTURE 'N VERSE 118 lbs.
2   UNGUIDED MISSILE (STX) 116 lbs.   2   BITTERSWEET DREAM (TOR) 118 lbs.
3   NOBLE FOREVER 116 lbs.   3   YOURLUCKYTOHAVEME (STX) 118 lbs.
4   AUSTON GOT EVEN 116 lbs.   4   FAIR COMMAND 118 lbs.
6   FLYING APTITUDE (STX) 116 lbs.   6   GENE'S BLUE MOON (STX) 118 lbs.
RACE 3 : 2:30 P.M.   CLASS C 1'40 YDS $7,000.00   RACE 7 : 5:00 P.M.   ALBERT "BOYZIE" BENJAMIN CUP 1 1/16 $10,000.00 + FEES
1   BAR MAGIC 118 lbs.   1   STILL UNBROKEN 118 lbs.
2   KING HUGO (TOR) 116 lbs.   2   ST. MOOSE (STX) 121 lbs.
3   SIMON SEZ RUN (STX) 119 lbs.   3   PRINCE OF SPEED (TOR) 116 lbs.
4   STARSHIP TITAN (TOR) 119 lbs.   4   PASSE HAVAE (STX) 114 lbs.
5   JORDAN'S IMAGE 119 lbs.   5      
6   TIGER GLIDER 116 lbs.   6      
ALFREDO "CUCHITO" LIMA JR.                
RACE 4 : 3:00 P.M.   CLASS C& D 7 1/2 YDS $6,700.00   RACE 8 : 5:45 P.M.   GOVERNOR'S CUP 1'70 YD $20,000 + FEES
1   MACHORAMUS 119 lbs.   1   CHILEAN BOY (TOR) 121 lbs.
2   BUY BUY BUY (TOR) 119 lbs.   2   TRADING SECRETS (TOR) 121 lbs.
3   ROUGH N ROYAL (STX) 117 lbs.   3   UPTOWN ANTHEM (STX) 121 lbs.
4   APPEALING SON 117 lbs.   4   GIANT VALLEY 121 lbs.
5   SIN MIRAR ATRAS (TOR) 118 lbs.   5   DOUGHMAKER (TOR) 121 lbs.
6   PUMPED UP KICKS 118 lbs.   6   BREAK UP THE GAME 121 lbs.
          RACE 9: 6:30 P.M.   CLASS D 1'40 YDS $6,500.00
          1   PERFECT SUNDAY 116 lbs.
          2   WARRIOR'S COVE 116 lbs.
          3   YES BY ERIC (TOR) 118 lbs.
          4   KITON (TOR) 118 lbs.
          5   JOYFUL MINISTER (STX) 118 lbs.
          6   FLY IN THE SOUP (STX) 114 lbs.

You can find the official race card here.

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