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Really Uptown sends opposition back to drawing board!

- Owner of Good Prospecting says it is just a matter of time before Really Uptown is beaten; Owner of Slevin wants to keep the pressure on.
Co-owner of Really Uptown, Violet 'Letty' Hodge poses with the trophy after winning at the second leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge in St Croix. Photo:VINO team of reporters
Broken Home saddling up before the race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home saddling up before the race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home wins sprint classic ad is seen here close to the finish line. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home wins sprint classic ad is seen here close to the finish line. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home with his hander after the win. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home with his hander after the win. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home in the winners circle with fans. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Broken Home in the winners circle with fans. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Gaffalione (left) runs in one of the races durin the second leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Gaffalione (left) runs in one of the races durin the second leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Blake's Lucky Penny getting ready for the mare race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Blake's Lucky Penny getting ready for the mare race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Really Uptown saddles up in the paddock area with handlers. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Really Uptown saddles up in the paddock area with handlers. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Really Uptown in a runaway victory (with Jockey Alberto Soto). Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Really Uptown in a runaway victory (with Jockey Alberto Soto). Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Good Prospecting with handlers getting ready to run in the feature race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
Good Prospecting with handlers getting ready to run in the feature race. Photo:VINO Team of reporters
ST CROIX, USVI – Sunday’s races at the Randall ‘Doc’ James racetrack in St Croix have now gone in the annals and as the dust settles horse owners are already thinking about what they may need to do next time to stop the seemingly invincible Really Uptown. The horse from the L&B Stables ran a blistering and record breaking pace in the feature race on February 17, 2013.

Really Uptown established a new track record of 1:48.3s in the 1 1/8 mile Flamboyant Stakes race of the St Croix Agricultural Fair Weekend races for a $13,000 purse. Running in a distant second was Good Prospecting, followed by Slevin.

Owner of Top Priority Stables and Good Prospecting, Mr Lesmore Smith, thought the feature race was run “pretty fast”. “I know Good Prospecting is not a sprinter…,” he added, “I am happy about where he placed, knowing that he was undergoing a bit of difficulty in terms of injuries [he received]… no excuses, he ran well, [Really] Uptown is an excellent horse.”

The horse owner related that it would not be a fair statement to say that Really Uptown could not be beaten but the question of when he will be beaten is what is left to be seen.

Asked whether he thought there would be a new approach from the Top Priority Stables camp with regard to Really Uptown, Smith said, “looking at things the way it is right now, it seems as though there is going to be a ‘match race’ between Uptown and [Good Prospecting], and I’m not attempting to run a match race between Uptown and myself…”

He felt that it was much harder to run a match race when there is other competition in the race.

Mr Smith also described the experience of the 2nd leg VI Tripole Crown Challenge as challenging and said there was a “lot of physical and mental stress on [the owner] and the horse.” He also felt travelling was one of the more tiring aspects of the trip but felt overall it was good and rewarding as well.

Owner of Slevin, Mr James Bates thought the races went well but had mixed feelings about the finish his horse had in the race. He commented that the recovery period that Slevin went through following his injury caused the team to take an extended time to get him back on the track.

He also felt the horse could have run a little better but was perhaps tired on race day. Bates also expressed surprise at Really Uptown’s new track record and said he didn't believe that he would have broken the record. He felt that the pressure needed to be kept on Really Uptown and agreed that he could be beaten as well. When asked whether he thought this would happen in the third leg of the Triple Crown Challenge he said, “I don’t know, I would like it to [happen].”

Cherise Williams, the General Manager of Traxco, race promoters in St Croix, was happy about the way things went at the racetrack and noted that there was an exciting day of racing. “The horsemen and the horses did not disappoint the crowd,” she said. Williams was also thankful that there were no major issues during race day and was thankful that the staff was able to do all that was necessary and allowed her to shine.

Meanwhile, St Croix's Turned to Gold won the Racheal Canegata Classic, one of two races at the next highest purse of $7,500. Turned to Gold, ridden by Miguel Sanchez, covered the 7th 1/2- furlong race in 1:32 and held off Lea the Punisher (St Croix) and Blake's Sluckypenny (Tortola).

Broken Home won the $7,500 in the Day's ninth race. The horse ran six furlongs in 1:11 with jocky Erilius Vaz. 

The day's 13 races concluded with the Open V.I Bred, and creation Rebel, ridden by Sasha Ortiz, won the 1-mile race in 1:42. It was one of four races won by Ortiz.

Sanchez rode St. Criox's Congo to a $7,000 prize in the 1-mile Ag Fair Classic in 1:37. Expect Smoke finished second and Puertorican Emblem finished third.

11 Responses to “Really Uptown sends opposition back to drawing board!”

  • AC 360 (19/02/2013, 10:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    letty you seding them to shop again
  • ta ta (19/02/2013, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudus letty
  • ... (19/02/2013, 13:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino I just love your horse race coverage…hats off.
    • TALK THAT (21/02/2013, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why is no one talking about pra-mutral betting for the BVI? Horse race cannot survive without it!!!!
  • delta (19/02/2013, 16:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i was so happy for all the tola horse..well done!
  • one eye (19/02/2013, 23:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally we will get a clean sweep three wins for the real triple crown…oh yea really, really, really aroung Uptown
  • Myke (21/02/2013, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI ,we u would like u all to come out witness history been make on the 17, on Stt. Really Uptown go for trIple crown .L&B4life
  • Myke (23/02/2013, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem Say, keep on dreaming u will never put up a dine on that .Come join the party and stop hating. Really Uptown aka Jet Blue all the way. L&B4life


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