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Really Uptown, the speed demon, lives up to his name! [Photoslide Included]

Letty Hodge and team with the speed demon, Really Uptown yesterday afternoon, June 3, 2012. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Out of Wine #1 is photographed here behind Good Evening Officer but not for long! Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Out of Wine #1 is photographed here behind Good Evening Officer but not for long! Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Tortola’s Good Prospecting beat the colt on April 27, 2012 on St. Thomas in the Governor’s Cup race. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Tortola’s Good Prospecting beat the colt on April 27, 2012 on St. Thomas in the Governor’s Cup race. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
12 St. Thomas horses on race card
12 St. Thomas horses on race card
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – “None of these horses have the kind of speed that he [Really Uptown] has; I don’t care who won before or what they did before, but my horse speed demon can do the job!”

These were the bold words uttered by Letty Hodge, the owner of Really Uptown, moments after the five year-old gelding upstaged two time Governor’s Cup winner Good Prospecting and Bud White, 1st leg winner of the Triple Crown, to win the feature race in a time of 1:29:1 from “wire to wire” yesterday afternoon, June 3, 2012 at the Ellis Thomas Downs Racetrack.

Prior to the seven furlong race, which carried a hefty purse of $10,000, Virgin Islands News Online spoke with several fans on the track and the general consensus was Really Uptown had the edge because of the short distance.

The gelding won by about two horse lengths, while Good Prospecting and Bud White galloped in second and third places respectively. Sweet Sight out of St. Thomas was fourth.

Mrs. Hodge also disclosed that her horse will not compete in races over one mile.

Out of the five races for the Diamond Jubilee event, Tortola won three. Blood in the Sand got the ball rolling to win the first race in 1:28:2, he was followed by Rey Miestro Jnr., Power Ten and Ten Storm out of St. Thomas in the 6 ½ furlong race.

However, St. Thomas’ Dashing Pirate copped the second race in 1:33:2. The seven furlong race saw All Country running in second; Mr. Gold Prospect (STT) third; Gaffalione fourth; Queteparce Cholito fifth and Ease My Mind sixth.

Race three was a nail biting one, and started with Good Evening Officer out of St. Thomas leading for most of the seven furlong race, but with about one furlong to go, Out of Wine overpowered the filly to win in 1:31:3. Glorious Memory was third.

Last but not least, Twisted Dreams (STT) wrapped up the last race of the day, which was one mile, in 1:47:1. News Carrier (STT) came in second; Northern Pike third; Square One fourth and Voice of Faith fifth.

A sizable crowd turned up for the races, and several elected officials were spotted in the crowd including Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie Skelton; Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn and At Large Representative Hon. Archibald Christian.

Aaron the Jedi and Showtime Band provided entertainment.


32 Responses to “Really Uptown, the speed demon, lives up to his name! [Photoslide Included]”

  • One Eye Roster (22/05/2012, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    sorry my money on bud white...
  • johnny (22/05/2012, 08:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI Pest control will be real busy with all these ticks and fleas to get rid of. I guess the seamstress will also be busy sewing new clown outfits for the little men that ride these 3-legged half dead horses. I guess its all good for those two businesses, but when the cricket mega-stadium is built there will be business for everyone including hotels, tv rights, restaurants, champagne sales, rental cars, day sails, security (even though cricket is a peaceful sport we will have to security incase one of the three horse racing fans in the BVI gets too emotional). Cricket for all!!!!!!!
  • small head (22/05/2012, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is slivin???
  • ... (22/05/2012, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh by the way, REALLY UP TOWN will win that race Really Easy...
  • ccc (22/05/2012, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for your usual great horse race coverage VINO...I will be there with bells on the race is between bud white and really up town..
  • @@@@@ (22/05/2012, 21:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good race card thanks for keeping horse race alive committee
  • Myke (23/05/2012, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the train is running express going up-town, so get on board or get left behind..really uptown all the way!
  • 1 (23/05/2012, 21:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this vino it seems like only you carry and promote horse races....
  • gone too soon (24/05/2012, 07:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its sad to see east end tap not in the race
  • the people (02/06/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People come out and support our races
  • bob cat (02/06/2012, 18:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    there needs to be rules that will protect the safety of the horses before each race day from all thoes things that are pump into the horses body..this is an area that needs effective reform in terms of animal treatment.
    • cop (04/06/2012, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you bob cat as the new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and riders at risk
  • SWEET (03/06/2012, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • oh boy (03/06/2012, 20:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ye a yea yea relly up town rules
  • good to great (04/06/2012, 11:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our horse racing is really making great strides, thanks to all the former committees and VIP government. I thoroughly enjoyed the races yesterday and hope the sports go from good to great!!!
  • talk show hosts (04/06/2012, 11:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    slide show nice vino
  • parent (04/06/2012, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    vino i continue to enjoy your detailed horse race coverage...big up to the horse owners
  • cat (04/06/2012, 17:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    L and b stable is number 1
  • Adriana s (13/08/2012, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    O melhor sistema para a sua Smart TV

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