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UPDATE: Is this the end for VI’s Really Uptown?

Fans are left to wonder what really transpired to cause the Virgin Islands’ Triple Crown champion, Really Uptown, to finish in such an unexpected manner, especially considering the promising form showed in a return race which was won last month at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Scene from the St Thomas Carnival Races at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack on May 2, 2014. Photo: Cleave M. Farrington
Swagg Daddy (right) of St Thomas emerged the new Governor's Cup champion when he pulled off an upset win to defeat a field which included last year's champion, Really Uptown at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack today, May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/File
Swagg Daddy (right) of St Thomas emerged the new Governor's Cup champion when he pulled off an upset win to defeat a field which included last year's champion, Really Uptown at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack today, May 2, 2014. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/File
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – Swagg Daddy shocked hundreds of horseracing fans by overtaking last year’s Governor’s Cup champion Really Uptown at the half of the feature event of the St Thomas Carnival Races yesterday, May 2, 2014 for a lead that was never relinquished.

Uptown eventually finished sixth, in last place, in a race that many expected would only be a two horse race between the returning champion and Admission which finished in fifth place at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack in St Thomas yesterday.

Instead, fans are left to wonder what really transpired to cause the Virgin Islands’ Triple Crown champion, Really Uptown, to finish in such an unexpected manner, especially considering the promising form showed in a return race which was won last month at Ellis Thomas Downs ahead of Town Hall which finished in second place in the Governor’s Cup.

Meanwhile, owner of Town Hall, Alex V. Lake of Family Affairs Stables expressed disappointment in not being able to secure the Governor’s Cup after coming so close to a win, but felt the race went well for his team.

“When I leave my Territory I represent to the fullest. When I went to St Croix, I won the race. I came to St Thomas and ran an excellent second place in the Governor’s Cup,” Lake said.

A complaint filed by the team after they felt there was a foul near the end of the race did not find favour with the judges and Lake said he accepted and understood their decision as it was final. “We’re excellent sportsmen and we accept [the decision] for what it was,” he added.

Earlier in the day Don’t Hook My Halo of St Croix finished first in the Angel Corneiro Cup while Machoramus won the second race of the day, The Warren “Tobago” Estrada Cup.

The third race of the day was won by Mr Gold Prospect with Mae Ruler finishing first in the fifth race and Stephen Got Better taking the win in race number six. Uptown Anthem defeated Break Up the Game to complete victory in race seven and Tiger Glider won the final race of the day.

See previous story posted May 2, 2014:

Swagg Daddy wins Governor's Cup in huge upset!

- Really Uptown ran last & Town Hall second

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Swagg Daddy of St Thomas emerged the new Governor's Cup champion when he pulled off an upset win to defeat a field which included last year's champion, Really Uptown at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack today, May 2, 2014. 

The horse which ran out of Alliance Point stables won in a time of 1:43 and 3/5 ahead of Town Hall in second place. 

More details later. 

56 Responses to “UPDATE: Is this the end for VI’s Really Uptown?”

  • vex (02/05/2014, 18:10) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is mad
    • the rock (04/05/2014, 03:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      town hall jockey rode foolishly this was an easy race for town hall to win..change him guys!
  • alex (02/05/2014, 18:26) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    CONGRATS THEY STEAL YOU IN TORTOLA LAST TIME SEE YOU BEAT UP TOWN RALLY KEEP IT UP ALEX. GET READY FOR august tUESDAY
    • Village Girl (02/05/2014, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Can I take credit for this lost? If no, I have another....
    • Horse mane (03/05/2014, 08:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      The race was sold the only question is whether it was the trainer, jockey or owners. Half of yall who was straining yall ears listening to it on the radio wouldn't understand. By the way FA Stables got broke too because the beat was against swagg daddy.Anyway I'm assuming that most of yall got cable/dish so you'll see the race on JTV sometime. You'll see the money was planning Uptown against Admission real money. At the last furlong off the race, yes uptown was already in 5th but still very much on front of admission but jockey was standing up on uptown not wipping not
      hand riding and actually looked back at admission before letting him pass uptown at the line.
      • Horse mane (03/05/2014, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        *the money was playing ( uptown vs. Admission)
        * still very much in front
        *at the last furlong of the race
      • Fux (03/05/2014, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
        You may or may not have a point but that jockey is always looking back. It seems like his style. In every single race I have seen this guy ride he looks back. Come again. If there was a sell-out it must be those STT guys who the owners think got their backs - former cop and all.
      • i was there (03/05/2014, 15:28) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thank you Horse Mane! Thats exactly what happened the race was sold everybody could see the jockey waited for Admission to pass Uptown looking back and standing up on the horse. Next race you will see Uptown back to his old self! Pure nastiness went on with that, exactly why I was told dont bet. Thank god i didnt.
  • ccc (02/05/2014, 18:27) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh gosh
  • qc (02/05/2014, 19:39) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    really up town broke down
  • x factor (02/05/2014, 19:56) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    BVI PEOPLE COMING BACK TO TOLA BROKES BROKES BROKES
    • Guest (02/05/2014, 20:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You people just thrive on the negative
    • Yes (02/05/2014, 21:19) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Half of them aint had the $10 to pay their departure tax in red hook...LLLLLLLOOOOOLLLL.........any way penn was saying all along that he was going to win the race.
  • Essay (02/05/2014, 20:19) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some men won't support their children but gone St Thomas to bet and loose!
  • the rock (02/05/2014, 20:33) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    town hall ran like a champ...the racxe in tola was nothing..anthing over a mile is where the real men step up..wish really uptown did not broke down..it would of been a 1-2 punch form the bvi!
  • 4 sale (02/05/2014, 21:12) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    I dont care wha ah man say, that race was a sell-out.
  • swagg daddy (02/05/2014, 21:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    James penn will be shooting off his mouth on all the talk shows now.
  • town hall (02/05/2014, 21:15) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    There is only one town and it is TOWN HALL.....UPTOWN fans ayo TEK DAT!!!!!!
  • Jetblue crashlanded (02/05/2014, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Will there be a post mortem/autopsy performed on really uptown??? When/where will the wake be held??
  • LLLOOOLLL (02/05/2014, 21:41) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    JET BLUE has crashlanded in the middle of the runway....LLLLOOOLLL
  • ABC (02/05/2014, 22:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I told that woman to leave the bible alone; see what happening now? You cannot have the devil in one hand and a bible in the other.
  • big question (02/05/2014, 22:33) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Will L&B stables fire yet another jockey? Every time they lose it is always the jockey's fault. Swagg daddy is your daddy.
  • LAKES (02/05/2014, 22:37) Like (4) Dislike (34) Reply
    WHA HAPPEN TO JET BLUE, HE CRASHED LIKE THAT MISSING ASIAN AIRLINE??
    • That's insensitive! (03/05/2014, 10:37) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Making jokes about a disaster just to make your point, is not funny, but terrible.
      • Luk (03/05/2014, 13:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Better cannot be expected - you see the name it came from - insensitive!
  • james penn (02/05/2014, 22:42) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    That was not an upset because I predicted that.. I told you all so and when ayo passing by st.john, ayo look out for a big hail from me..I will be blowing my horn.
  • pay day (02/05/2014, 23:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    So how much was this sold for?
  • Liat 521 (02/05/2014, 23:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jesus Christmas what happened to really up town?
  • fight (03/05/2014, 03:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone explain this race to me
  • selvin (03/05/2014, 03:53) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    THAT IS NO sell OUT RACE THIS TIME THE HORSE DID NOT RUN GOOD> ITS NOT EVERY TIME HE IS GOING TO FEEL GOOD > THIS IS HIS FIRST LONG RACE AFTER A YEAR LAY OFF.
  • crucians (03/05/2014, 04:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah yeah yeah cuz dat deh was real swagg
  • Bandit (03/05/2014, 06:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wootoop
  • Yep (03/05/2014, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    SELL OUT!!
    • glenn (03/05/2014, 10:39) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
      SO WHO BUY OUT? EVERY TIME THEY LOST IT IS ALL WAYS A SELL OUT OR A BUY OUT.TAKE A LICK IN YOU ALL ASS !! IF THE HORSE HAD RUN TWO RACES BEFORE HE WOULD OF NOT MAKE IT FOR FRIDAY RACES. IF YOU KNOW ABOUT HORSES YOU ALL WILL KNOW WERE I AM COMING FROM.PAIN, TIRED & PRESSURE HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?
  • Fan (03/05/2014, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    uptown needed another race
  • glenn (03/05/2014, 10:13) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    LET THAT FORWARD WOMAN TAKE THAT!! BUT HOPE THE HORSE IS ALRIGHT
  • Fan (03/05/2014, 12:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just saw the race on the news they cannot beat really up town
  • jack (03/05/2014, 13:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree. A horse is a mammal too. Alter such a long layoff, how the hell he is expected to run one short race then try to run one so much longer and not bruuk dung - I had a verbal bet with a strong l&b supporter that sleven would beat both up town and Admission. He said I must stop making those insulting remarks. Well he was speechless after the race. I felt so bad for him, I only looked at him and smiled. His bank account took a beating. Good thing I am only a mouth champion who ain't betting on nobody's' shores.
  • plan (03/05/2014, 14:11) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    this not how it was suppose to be bvi should have been first and second with really up town first
  • insider (03/05/2014, 20:49) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bob them do not sell races trust me
  • denise (04/05/2014, 06:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    L & B stables practical work in horae racing is outstanding and their rigorous and consistent wins are impressive but somone must explain what happen on Friday!!!!!
    • Gil (04/05/2014, 13:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What I believe happen happened before friday. The horse is always under heavy guard but the jockey goes home alone. Another PR jockey put a dagger in L & B owner' s chest. It is always good to anticipate these things and change up the game. That jockey may have been relieved if he too had gotten a surprise - notice at the last Minuit that he was not riding the feature race.
  • look (04/05/2014, 08:22) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    man he geh pass, end ah story.
  • speed (04/05/2014, 09:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino is always ahead after two days others just just getting up the story....lol
  • Big Bord (04/05/2014, 10:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gambling should be legal in the British Virgin Islands
  • jil (04/05/2014, 14:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    If L & B stable feel that something went array yet again with another PR jockey (which I now believe after watching the video of this race over and over), it may be time to race at home only. This may take a little fun out of the sport, but enough is enough. People become loyal to dollars sometimes man!

  • 4 real (04/05/2014, 15:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    August Tuesday all of you uptown hater. Uptown will be ready. Who all have confident that swagg daddy slevin and town hall and so call champ plotter can beat uptown let that be the feature race for August Tuesday we know admission is done with. Come congrats to Mr.Penn for winning the the governor cup but believe it next year uptown will be in rock for his cup believe it or not. See u all August Tuesday if you all the heart to come tortola and the cup is staying in tortola believe that ok u know loyal to the boss L B Stables For life.
  • cnn (04/05/2014, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope this is not the final race for Uptown
  • high time (05/05/2014, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is more in the mota
  • yeah (05/05/2014, 09:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This race just makes the pot sweeter for next time
  • jtv (05/05/2014, 12:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I heard the melee on zrod this morning ting to talk
  • ova & out! (05/05/2014, 13:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Really Uptown was a big dissappointment end of story
  • Release (05/05/2014, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is enough of this chatter to go around about these races. Our collective memory is too short and biased.


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