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UPDATE: Really Uptown demolishes competition in St Croix!

- takes VI Triple Crown 2nd leg in record breaking fashion
Really Uptown after his victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown moments ago. Photo:VINO team of reporters
Fans celebrate with Really Uptown and team following their victory. Photo:VINO team of reporters
Fans celebrate with Really Uptown and team following their victory. Photo:VINO team of reporters
Really Uptown poses with his team following victory in the second leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge in St Croix (co-owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge poses with trophy in foreground). Photo:VINO team of reporters
Really Uptown poses with his team following victory in the second leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge in St Croix (co-owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge poses with trophy in foreground). Photo:VINO team of reporters
Action in the 2013 VI Triple Crown Challenge moves to St Croix's Randall “Doc” James racetrack on Sunday February 17, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Action in the 2013 VI Triple Crown Challenge moves to St Croix's Randall “Doc” James racetrack on Sunday February 17, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Really Uptown (second from right) and Good Prospecting (right) are expected to be part of the feature race in the second leg of the VI Triple Crown. Photo:VINO/File
Really Uptown (second from right) and Good Prospecting (right) are expected to be part of the feature race in the second leg of the VI Triple Crown. Photo:VINO/File
Slevin did not participate in the first leg of the VI Triple Crown due to injury but is expected to be part of the feature race in the second leg in St Croix on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Photo:VINO/File
Slevin did not participate in the first leg of the VI Triple Crown due to injury but is expected to be part of the feature race in the second leg in St Croix on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Photo:VINO/File
Letty Hodge (centre) receives the winning trophy flanked by Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith (left) and President of the VI Horseowners' Association Karen Smith-Aaron (right) following the feature race of the first leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge. Photo:VINO/File
Letty Hodge (centre) receives the winning trophy flanked by Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith (left) and President of the VI Horseowners' Association Karen Smith-Aaron (right) following the feature race of the first leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge. Photo:VINO/File
Action from the first leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge in Tortola on January 13, 2013. Photo:VINO/File
Action from the first leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge in Tortola on January 13, 2013. Photo:VINO/File
ST CROIX, USVI - Really Uptown won the second leg of the VI Triple Crown in convincing fashion on February 17, 2013 with a new track record at the Randall 'Doc' James racetrack.

The horse continued its brilliant dominance over both Good Prospecting which came in second place as well as Slevin which finished third in the race today. Unconfirmed reports put the new track record at 1:48s. 

When cotacted co-owner of Really Uptown, Mrs Violet 'Letty' Hodge said it was a victory she was savouring. She said it was an easy victory and felt because she knew the type of horse she had the victory was not surprising. "He's been impressing me every race he does and today was out of this world," Mrs Hodge said. 

She also noted that detractors had said this was the longest race test the horse would face and said he couldn't do it.  "He just blew them out of the field," she added.

The horses competed in the Flamboyant Stakes, the 12th race in a 13-race St. Croix Agricultural Fair Weekend race card for a $13,000 purse.

See previous story posted February 15, 2013:

UPDATE: St. Croix excited about expected huge VI Triple Crown following [2nd Leg Race Card included]

- Preparations almost a go for 2nd leg of VI Triple Crown Challenge 

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Excitement is reportedly peaking in St. Croix, USVI, as time draws nigh for the highly anticipated 2nd leg of the VI Triple Crown Challenge and also with the news that a huge contingent is expected from the Virgin Islands in support of champion horse Really Uptown and the other horses from Tortola that have made the journey to the island.

And according to General Manager of Traxco, promoters for the upcoming race card, Cherise Williams, “It’s pretty much a done deal in terms of preparations as everything is coming into place, we just have a little painting that we finishing off at the track...”

Ms Williams also told Virgin Islands News Online, in an exclusive interview, that a “humongous” crowd is expected for the races on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Randall 'Doc' James  racetrack. She also noted that there is much excitement over reports that a large following from Tortola is expected. This would certainly be no surprise as Virgin Islands horse racing fans would be confident of victory with Really Uptown of the L&B Stables looking simply invincible at this stage.

Really Uptown’s biggest rival is expected to be Slevin and it will be interesting to see how that race plays out over the distance of more than a mile. St. Croix’s large horse race following would no doubt feel Slevin could make a comeback despite a convincing defeat to Really Uptown in December 2012.

Ms Williams also related that there would be lots of entertainment between races including from Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, St. Croix Central High School, Brianna Campbell, who will be singing the VI March and 4-time Road March Champions, Fusion Band, who would be carrying the party in full swing after the races.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online from St. Croix, President of the VI Horseowners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron, said the final race card has been released and everything seems a go at this stage. She did note, however, that Twisted Dream is already on the island but that four other horses are yet to arrive from St. Thomas.

Mrs Smith-Aaron also anticipates a keen and competitive day of horse racing that should be made even more exciting with the large number of fans expected from the Virgin Islands.

See previous article posted on February 13, 2013

VI horse owners confident, hopeful ahead of Triple Crown 2nd Leg

- Tortola's Good Prospecting, Blake’s Lucky Penny, Really Uptown, Broken Home and Gaffalione already in St. Croix

Horses have already made the journey to St Croix from Tortola and preparations are rapidly underway as the second leg of the Virgin Islands Triple Crown Challenge is set to kick off on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Randall 'Doc' James racetrack.

Three of the big name horses participating in the feature race will be Really Uptown, Good Prospecting and Slevin. The feature race will be a mile and 1/8 distance.

Co-Owner of L&B Stables, Mrs Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge said that everyone is ready and raring to go. She disclosed that winner of the first leg of the Triple Crown, Really Uptown, was also ready to go and bring back the cup.

Given that the horse was fit, training remained consistent and she felt this would pay off at the end of the day.

Hodge said she felt very confident going forward and thought she had a very good chance of capturing the second leg of the Triple Crown as well. She also expressed, however, “every race is a different race and horses run differently at different times so there is always a competition, but it’s how much of a competition you have.”

The horses that have already left Tortola are Good Prospecting, Blake’s Lucky Penny, Really Uptown and Gaffalione.

Owner of Slevin, Mr James Bates, noted that preparation was also going well with his horse and he was hopeful for a good result. Slevin had an injury that forced him out of the first leg of the Triple Crown but he has since recovered well, according to his owner.

Meanwhile, Mr Lesmore Smith, Owner of Top Priority stables and Good Prospecting, another contender in Sunday’s race, also related that preparations were going well.

Regarding his chances of victory in the second leg, he said, “we’re going there hoping for the best… there are always challenges but at the end of the day, as an Owner and trainer you’re hoping for the best.”

He further stated that he still had to remain mindful of the fact that the horses that beat you in the past may beat you again in future since anything is possible but it was important to remain focused in the hope that a victory would emerge.

Though Good Prospecting was fit and in good order, he said, “a minute before the race there is always something that could go wrong.”

Smith congratulated all the participants and expressed hope that everyone remained healthy going into the race. He further expressed hope that it would be a competitive race and added, “may the best man win.”

President of the VI Horseowners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron, revealed that Political Reporter will now replace Twisted Dream in the feature race of the card while Broken Home has now entered the races as well. Twisted Dream has opted to enter a different race on the card for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Sweet Sight and Gato Paso are the other two horses that make up the feature race.

General Manager of Traxco, promoters for the upcoming race card, Cherise Williams, acknowledged that the race card was not yet completed as the final card needed to be taken to the Commission in St Croix for final approval.

37 Responses to “UPDATE: Really Uptown demolishes competition in St Croix!”

  • weed (13/02/2013, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really Uptown easy win!!! BAM
  • horse fan (13/02/2013, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where the race card is races are this weekend
    • watch (13/02/2013, 22:17) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      Are you on crack or are you simply a moron? did you read the reason for not having the race card?
  • egg face (13/02/2013, 10:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    To produce good horses cost money.
  • AC 360 (13/02/2013, 10:39) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    TO Letty and Bob Hodge Thanks for your invaluable contribution over the years to horse racing
  • win (13/02/2013, 10:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    really up town all the way really up town by alot jet blue clear for take off
  • Fan (13/02/2013, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I not feeling tis race sunday boss but glad slvin in
  • question (13/02/2013, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is there still charter flights left?
  • DON Q (13/02/2013, 15:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ah not really sure whose ego is bigger lesmore of letty?
  • #1 (13/02/2013, 18:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bringing home. This one 2 really uptown all the way
  • Eagle Eye (14/02/2013, 13:43) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    in ACSPECTATION days he would win the triple crown for 6 years straight
  • Balls (15/02/2013, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not hearing from Johnny deeds days yall
  • BELLS (15/02/2013, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    me and my mother will be there with bells on!!
  • good morning (15/02/2013, 18:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is a tuff one for rellay up down my my $$$$$ on he
  • Thanks (15/02/2013, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for the race card VINO
  • hello (16/02/2013, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Many are expecting tooooooooooo much from rally up town!
    • what (17/02/2013, 19:11) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      What were you saying now.....? Congrats L&B and Really Uptown. You are really really really really GOOD. Good job also Good Prospecting. 1-2 in the house. YES!!! TOLA DOING IT BIG in enemy territory.
  • WOW!!! (17/02/2013, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Give Jack thier Jacket..... class is class
  • Humble urself (17/02/2013, 18:31) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    You just cant keep a good man or a good woman down!!! Letty has a lot of favor on her side, and the atmosphere was really charge with good energy for letty. She is going to win the third leg and aslo the Governors cup........ Letty keep doing your thing and remember who God bless no man can curse!!!! Graet job again..... Boy ah Boy, big man ah big man!!!!!
  • win (17/02/2013, 19:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    i told u jet blue clear for take off
    . if bud white is good for the third leg really up town and bud white in a dead heat you heard it here first
  • All the Way (17/02/2013, 20:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw look licks on St. croix today mey boy Rellay all dey way
  • oh yea (17/02/2013, 20:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up town you have made the BVI proud once again
  • @@@@@ (17/02/2013, 20:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    new name: speedy up town
    • Shara Parlin (18/02/2013, 07:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      the good ole L & B stables....... masters of good champion horses.....
  • bvi massive (17/02/2013, 21:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we the people are thrilled with this master win!!
  • Real Tool (17/02/2013, 23:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really up town by 10 in st Thomas.
  • jack (17/02/2013, 23:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The baddest animal anywhere in the Virgin Islands. My God I am proud , excited . Big up to the Owners trainers , you guys must be ecstatic .
  • q tips (18/02/2013, 06:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another great day for the bvi.....

    • talk girl talk (18/02/2013, 10:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sliven people did spend a lot of time and energy getting him ready but it turn out to be Naught
  • MI5 (18/02/2013, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    St Croix with surrended travel documents! Now that's a winner you can bet on
  • Myke (23/02/2013, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks to Letty and Bob for give us the right horses to work with.Big up from the L&B camp .Uptown all the way history in the V.I on the 17.


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