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Much needed rest in store for Really Uptown!

- horse to be prepared for August races showdown next
Really Uptown is headed for some much deserved rest following six months of phenomenal performances on tracks around the British and US Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Co-owner, Violet 'Letty' Hodge said, 'You can’t keep a horse forever, you wish you could, but injuries happen and [horses] get hurt so you have to give them time to recover… athletes get injuries all the time so horses are no different.' Photo: VINO/File
Co-owner, Violet 'Letty' Hodge said, 'You can’t keep a horse forever, you wish you could, but injuries happen and [horses] get hurt so you have to give them time to recover… athletes get injuries all the time so horses are no different.' Photo: VINO/File
Really Uptown (right) ahead of the pack during his race before winning the Governor's Cup. Photo: VINO Team of reporters
Really Uptown (right) ahead of the pack during his race before winning the Governor's Cup. Photo: VINO Team of reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After putting away all comers over the past few months, champion horse Really Uptown can look forward to some much deserved relaxation, according to his co-owner Violet “Letty” Hodge.

While explaining that the horse had been active for a six-month period during which he broke two records and was on a phenomenal winning streak, she said he is currently on some well deserved rest.

“Every month it was a different distance,” Hodge noted, “so, it’s something that’s not really seen around here and I think it’s time… six months running straight, I think it’s time to give him a little rest.”

The L&B Stables co-owner also stated, “You can’t keep a horse forever, you wish you could, but injuries happen and [horses] get hurt so you have to give them time to recover… athletes get injuries all the time so horses are no different.”

Really Uptown will next be prepared for the August races to be held on Ellis Thomas Downs racetrack at Sea Cows Bay in Tortola.

L&B stables lost one of its most promising horses in Lake Texoma when he suffered a broken leg during training last July and had to be put down subsequently.

If Really Uptown wins the races scheduled for August Tuesday at the track, he would have essentially won all the Classics over a one-year stretch, another feat that would be considered remarkable, the horse owner said.

The horse has already won the Triple Crown in addition to the Governor’s Cup. The feature race held last August at the track was won by St Thomas’ Bud White.

Hodge would not be drawn into any comparison between her horses, Actspectation and Really Uptown, describing each of them as being good for their own era. “The two of them are good in their own right,” she said.

She felt that though Actspectation had won nineteen races in a row, most of his races were “match races” and this was something that couldn’t be helped during his time. “When he ran, he ran the best… they used to bring in a lot of horses to try to beat him.”

Really Uptown, she said, was being entered in challenges and these were always competitive races; the two simply shouldn’t be compared.

Meanwhile, the Horse Owners Association is scheduled to have a meeting during the upcoming week to decide on the way forward for the sport after not having met for some time.

Hodge was pleased that the government had previously offered financial assistance to the Association towards the purchase of horses and noted that it augured well for the sport. “That should be something good because it will surely encourage people to come back into the horseracing [arena],” she said.

She also felt the issue of pari-mutuel betting was something that will continue to be discussed by the group and proposed as a necessary implementation within the Territory to advance the sport.

15 Responses to “Much needed rest in store for Really Uptown!”

  • ... (06/05/2013, 08:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea he needs rest he has done well for the BVI
  • rock man (06/05/2013, 08:58) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    He's afraid of budwhite...he never ran so hard yet....cant do budwhite what he wants...he gone to hide hoping budwhite breaks down....as long as budwhite stays healthy, real uptown gonna be in real trouble.
    • Hmm (06/05/2013, 09:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      so sound like a jus come,u never saw him and broken home run
    • Juelz (06/05/2013, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      UPtown hides from no one....when ahyo comnig to run again, come without the battery..
    • the rock (06/05/2013, 20:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      u could tell u dont know a damn thing about horse race..bud white will never beat this horse again..he had a chance the other day and could not..when this horse come back in august..not a horse from the governors cup come close to him u'all better go and shop..imagine your horse fresh as ice cream, uptown down burnt out any u'all still could not be him..bam...bam..bam!
      • george w. touch (07/05/2013, 00:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        They use this forum to vent their sillyness when they know dem can't beat jet blue
    • say it with ur chest Its REALLY REALLY REALLY UPTOWN (08/05/2013, 09:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      budwhite were down for 6months to i guess he were hiding n hope uptown break down to? puh iyo money way iyo mouth is from lookin odds buh 7 to a G. ahhhhhh YO GONE LEARN TODAY yeaaaaaaaaa. KEEP CALM MR> UPTOWN TO DA WORLD
  • who know (06/05/2013, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rock man u could talk da!

  • Tola Man (06/05/2013, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    leave rock man know we ain't scared we beat the WHOLE usvi massive so its time 2 relax, wen bud white was home relaxing REALLY UPTOWN was demolishing and broken records on usvi soils
    go back to the drawing board and figure out how to beat a champion horse.
    gate burst and they are running watch JET BLUE the camera dos be on the front horse not the trailers
  • Music (06/05/2013, 10:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Govt to provide money to buy horses?!!!!! I can't believe it!!!
  • end game (06/05/2013, 13:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really up town rules boss end of story
  • BEAUTY (06/05/2013, 15:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino I must thank you all and the Owner mr Willock for being a fan of horse racing and always keeping the sport alive. Thank you so much guys . It's wonderful to see special articles like this coming out. You guys need to do a documentary on both horses Act and Really Up Town.
  • GPS (07/05/2013, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    May the best horse win

  • Budwhite fan (31/10/2014, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Bud White Run Uptown by 7 and A Half Lenghts ...Ayo Didnt Say Nttn


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