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UPDATE: Bud White sets new record in Premier's Cup victory! [Slideshow Included]

Good Prospecting got a flier out of the gates in Tuesday's Premier's Cup, but couldn't hold off the challenge from Bud White who went on to to win the race and set a new record, August 7, 2012. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Blood in the Sand, trained by Derwin Williams, won the days first race, the Axel Ritter Classic. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO.
Blood in the Sand, trained by Derwin Williams, won the days first race, the Axel Ritter Classic. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO.
L and B stables had a good day with All Country and Really Up Town winning the Allen
L and B stables had a good day with All Country and Really Up Town winning the Allen "Tiger" Hodge Memorial and the BVI Sprint Classic respectively. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO.
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Bud White won the Premier's Cup in fine style and there were notable wins for local horses, but overall the Inter Island Festival Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on Tuesday August 7th, 2012 failed to ignite the excitement for an appreciably sized crowd.

Maybe it was the heat, perhaps an air of sadness over the loss of Lake Texoma or possibly a combination of late starts, reluctant horses and malfunctioning gates that caused a general apathy, even when Bud White set a new record over the mile and 1/8th distance on the Downs.

The Feature Race, The Premier's Cup, for so long built up as an Olympian style matchup between Good Prospecting and Bud White started in controversy, when despite repeated efforts Twisted Dream would not enter the starting gate. Race Officials scratched him and while the arguments continued the gate opened and the remaining horses took off.

Good Prospecting leapt into an early lead, but Bud White is no slouch and was soon alongside the BVI’s number one horse before striding into a lead down the back straight he would never relinquish.

At the Posts the winning distance was a length and ¾’s and Bud White set a new Ellis Thomas Downs record over the distance with his time of 1: 54: 4, eclipsing Captain Slew who had run 1:56:4 back in 2008. The Alliance Point Stables and Trainer "Lulu" Smith also pocketed the $15,000 purse

Good Prospecting was second and Diablo’s Fire third.

The day got off to a good start with Blood in the Sand running a perfect race for owners Tiger and Sade Williams. Looking relaxed and easy to some in the crowd the horse cruised to victory in the Axel Ritter Classic to win the $3,500 purse. According to Trainer Derwin Williams Blood in the Sand ran exactly how he had planned “I bought the horse to run professionally” said Williams, “we set the plan and the jockey executed it perfectly”. The winning time was 1:30:00.

In the Monroe Thomas Memorial Race Queteparce Cholito owned by Leonard’s Mini Mart made a feisty debut on the track, but was unable to translate its eagerness into speed, finishing 3rd behind Formal King in second and the winner Mr. Gold Prospect. Owner, Jack Clendenin, along with trainer Dick Harrigan from St Thomas celebrated Jockey Juan Carlos Diaz’s second win in a row and picked up a $4,000 purse.

Race 3, the Allen “Tiger” Hodge Memorial was won by All Country out of the L and B stables. The horse and jockey timing their run to victory perfectly around the last bend in a time of 1:44:3. Tiger Glider who proved hard work to get into the gate and had to be “reloaded” after the gate opened on him prematurely finished second with Khun Dan third. All Country had been back in third at the half way mark but outsprinted the field to take the $4,500 purse.

The 4th race of the day, the Jerriel Thomas Memorial was won by Goodeveningofficer, who beat Out of Wine in the two horse race, over 1 mile, to pocket the $6,500 purse after Miss Tequilla was scratched. The winning time was 1:46:1.

The BVI Sprint Classic was won by Edwin Gonzalez on Really Uptown, giving L and B its second win and a purse of $7,500. The winning time for the 6 ½ furlong race was 1:20:1 and the last race of the day, the Ellis Thomas Memorial was won by News Carrier in 1:45:1. Whats Popping came second and Mick G third in the 1 miler worth $5,500.

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27 Responses to “UPDATE: Bud White sets new record in Premier's Cup victory! [Slideshow Included]”

  • pops (30/07/2012, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how come only one tola horse is this big race???
    • ccc (30/07/2012, 21:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      that's lesmore for you!!!
    • apple pie (30/07/2012, 22:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How come no body talking about Pari-mutuel anymore??? the fake Christians them out or what??? Pari-mutuel wagering will eliminate confrontations between the people doing the man to man betting.
  • weed (30/07/2012, 18:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this year august tuesdat races is weak
  • shlia (30/07/2012, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring home that cup, Lesmore!!
  • Budwhite fan (02/08/2012, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Budwhite bring this cup to rock city
  • zoooooo (07/08/2012, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lesmore let us down!!!
  • egg face (07/08/2012, 22:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why did they scratch St. Thomas´ Twisted Dream?
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    the races were great I had a good time and love the high heel contest
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      the high heel contest was good but these young ladies should know by now their toes aren't suppose to be hanging over the front of the shoes...some of them need a class or two BAM
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    so we have a fair exchange St. Thomas has our cup and we have theirs..BAM
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    this was the worst august tuesday races EVER.. Boring as hell... im a big race fan, but he have 2 be real about this. Horse racing in the b.v.i is getting NO WHERE !!! THIS GOVERMENT has no intrest in the sport and the past goverment has 2 take blame also, if we aint goin to run da racetrack in the right way, CLOSE IT DOWN!!! ITS time 2 put the PRESSURE ON, The horsemen dem need 2 stop running there horses in tola and stable dem in st thomas, this need 2 be done, when there's no racing cum boxing day and next yr august tuesday races the goverment will then open there eyes and see that they have 2 do sumting 2 enhance the sport, I dont want this sport 2 die but the rate we goin at rite now i give the sport another 2 yrs and dat will be da end of that, This sport that i love so much is on life support rite and the goverment kno's that but they dont give a damn.
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    this was the worst august tuesday races EVER.. Boring as hell... im a big race fan, but he have 2 be real about this. Horse racing in the b.v.i is getting NO WHERE !!! THIS GOVERMENT has no intrest in the sport and the past goverment has 2 take blame also, if we aint goin to run da racetrack in the right way, CLOSE IT DOWN!!! ITS time 2 put the PRESSURE ON, The horsemen dem need 2 stop running there horses in tola and stable dem in st thomas, this need 2 be done, when there's no racing cum boxing day and next yr august tuesday races the goverment will then open there eyes and see that they have 2 do sumting 2 enhance the sport, I dont want this sport 2 die but the rate we goin at rite now i give the sport another 2 yrs and dat will be da end of that, This sport that i love so much is on life support rite now and the goverment kno's that but they dont give a damn.
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    we need more horses
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