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UPDATE: Silence as Really Up Town pulls up lame

-wins for Good Boy Daddy, Sin Mirar Atras, Miss Homer, Star Ship titan and Trading Secrets
Good Boy Daddy (3) and Original Runner - race one. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
 Sin Mirar Atras winner of race two. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Sin Mirar Atras winner of race two. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Miss Homer and the Owners presented with the winners trophy for race 3 by President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association Karen B. Smith-Aaron. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Miss Homer and the Owners presented with the winners trophy for race 3 by President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association Karen B. Smith-Aaron. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
And they're off and running in race four, won by Star Ship Titan (3). Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
And they're off and running in race four, won by Star Ship Titan (3). Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Apollo Sky and the Boys Stables receive the trophy for the Feature race victory. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Apollo Sky and the Boys Stables receive the trophy for the Feature race victory. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Trading secrets beats Still Unbroken by a short head in the final race. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Trading secrets beats Still Unbroken by a short head in the final race. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Apollo Sky in action today December 26, 2014. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Apollo Sky in action today December 26, 2014. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Feature race winner Apollo Sky following its winning run today December 26, 2014. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Feature race winner Apollo Sky following its winning run today December 26, 2014. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Apollo Sky may have romped home to thunderous applause in the Feature Race at Ellis Thomas Downs on Friday December 26, 2014, but there was stunned silence as racing fans realized Really Up Town had pulled up lame.

Winning in a time of 1:31 and 1, Apollo Sky recorded a third in a row over 7 Furlongs and showed tremendous speed down the back straight and a flying finish down home straight to grab the $12,500 purse. “It was a special win for Christmas. He is turning five in January, he is stronger and faster than the rest and has a great Jockey,” commented owner Rodney ‘Mileage’ Simmonds.

Race Day 2014 had begun with a 6 ½ Furlong encounter which had a purse of $4,000 and was won by Lesmore Smith’s, Good Boy Daddy in 1:27 and 4/5ths. Original Runner made a valiant attempt to catch Good Boy Daddy down the home straight, but in the end two lengths kept them apart with Mark It A Wynn coming third.

Prince of Speed held up the start of Race 2, a 7 Furlong clash with a purse of $4,200 and was finally backed into the starting gate as was Southern Dunn. At the half way point, once racing began, Sin Mirar Atras led from King Hugo. The pair then opened a gap down the back straight with Sin Mirar Atras holding onto first place in a time of 1:33 and 1/5th and Funny Accommodations grabbing second from King Hugo.

Rain showers greeted the start of Race 3 over 6 ½ Furlongs, which was won by Miss Homer in a time of 1:25 and 2/5ths ahead of Lesmore Smith’s debutant, Kenny’s Addi Blu. The winning purse was $4,500.

Race 4, over a mile with a purse of $5,000, saw Star Ship Titan go wire to wire, setting off at a hot pace and then holding on to win in a time of 1:49 and 4/5ths. Jordan’s Image finished second and Buy Buy Buy came home third.

Race 5, originally billed as a Match Race featuring Stephen Got Better also owned by Rodney Simmons and Kanavayen, became a farce as only Kanavayen took to the course, with Stephen Got Better’s management pulling the horse from the race just moments before start time.

“At the Weigh In, the Philly is supposed to carry less weight than the Mare. When they were weighed in my Jockey told me that the other Jockey was carrying the same weight or even less than him. We went to get the steward to ask them to redo the weigh in so we could see. They refused and told us we don’t know to see and as an Owner if I’m not satisfied with something, for the sake of the sport, weigh it and let me see it and let’s run. By refusing it means the weight was incorrect,” stated Simmons. Kanavayen ran 1:08 flat.

The final race of the day was perhaps the most exciting with Still Unbroken, Fort Pyramaid and Trading Secrets battling it out over a mile for a purse of $6,000.

Neck and neck down the first straight, Still Unbroken and Fort Pyramaid seemingly had the race under control, but coming around the final curve and flying down the home straight came Trading Secrets to win the race by a short head from Still Unbroken in a time of 1:51.

Owned by Alex V. Lake and the Family Affair Stable the horse ran according to plan. “It went exactly to our plan, we let the other two horses go, sat back and waited. We asked the Jockey to stay on the outside and then when the time was right we picked them off one by one,” Lake said.

See previous article published on December 26, 2014:

Apollo Sky wins 2014 Boxing Day feature race!

-runs away with feature race ahead of Chilean Boy and Swagg Daddy; Really Up Town pulls up hurt

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Apollo Sky won today’s December 26, 2014 Boxing Day feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs, ahead of Chilean Boy and Swagg Daddy to take the $12,000 purse.

The winning horse came home ahead of Chilean Boy by two lengths. Really Up Town, Chilean Boy, Apollo Sky and Swagg Daddy went at it over seven furlongs in today's feature race sponsored by Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and with a purse of $12,500.

Right from the start ‎Apollo Sky led from Really Up Town by two lengths going down the back straight and three lengths around the final bend. Really Up Town faded away as Chilean Boy finished second.

Really Up Town pulled up with possible broken front leg as Apollo Sky won in ‎1:31 and 1.

More to come on this race and all the others in a subsequent update.

17 Responses to “UPDATE: Silence as Really Up Town pulls up lame”

  • open wide (26/12/2014, 17:38) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bob you got to shop
    • SCB (26/12/2014, 21:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Obviously you are not a horseracing fan else you would of known that L&B Stables Debuted 2 new horses!... So they already shopped!.. It's just for them to put in the work and train!
  • rip (26/12/2014, 19:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rip to really uptown it was good while it lasted.... my take you should have been retired a winner you was ,but it is what it is.. thank you for your grace through these virgin islands. L&b also special thanks for this horse
  • sad (26/12/2014, 19:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really up Town has been laid to rest.Tge great horse is no more.
  • *** (26/12/2014, 20:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    COX Racing Stables ,Picture Perfect , LET'S GET IT !!!
  • new champ (26/12/2014, 21:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    roney mehson you got a speed demond
  • farmer brown (26/12/2014, 21:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am delighted to see this, and I have to say that I hope that L & B stable do what is needed to make a come back
  • Fam (26/12/2014, 22:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is a 0% chance that the big horse rally uptown will get the foot issue corrected
  • ... (26/12/2014, 22:12) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    Dear Lord, please bring back the VIP to office in 2015 and I promise I won’t screw it up this time with another vote for NDP as they care nothing about the race track and horse races.

  • overseas (26/12/2014, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    So, there's no sanctioned betting, how do they make money?
  • dirty harry (26/12/2014, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The view from the Saddle is the view of a King.
  • green peace (26/12/2014, 22:21) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
    Racing animals, of any kind, in any country or culture, is cruel and inhumane.
  • shule (27/12/2014, 00:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip Uptown
  • .... (27/12/2014, 10:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sorry to hear about Really Uptown. He was an Awesome champ of the Virgin Islands. I was hoping they could have saved him.
  • dd (29/12/2014, 07:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Apollo sky can not beat majestic express when he come back because he is to fast


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