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UPDATE: VI Triple Crown definitely on - Smith-Aaron

- Race card for first leg should be out by next week
President-elect of the VI Horse Owners' Association has reassured fans that the VI Triple Crown is definitely on. Photo:supplied/File
Really Uptown seen with his trainer and co-owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge (left). Photo:VINO/File
Really Uptown seen with his trainer and co-owner Violet 'Letty' Hodge (left). Photo:VINO/File
Really Uptown, seen here bursting to victory ahead of Slevin at the recent Boxing Day races at Ellis Thomas Downs, seems to be in condition and will once again carry the pride of VI horse racing on its back at the upcoming Triple Crown. Photo: VINO/File
Really Uptown, seen here bursting to victory ahead of Slevin at the recent Boxing Day races at Ellis Thomas Downs, seems to be in condition and will once again carry the pride of VI horse racing on its back at the upcoming Triple Crown. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President-elect of the VI Horse Owners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron wants everyone to be reassured that the highly anticipated VI Triple Crown is definitely still on and is currently in the planning stages.

She also disclosed that the dates for next year’s Triple Crown horse races had already been set two years ago.

According to Mrs Smith-Aaron, the Association’s Committee got together previously in 2010 and had pre-determined which periods were to be allotted for upcoming Triple Crown events.

The first leg of the event is scheduled to be held in Tortola on January 13, 2012; the second leg is for February 17, 2012 in St Croix and the third leg of the event is slated for March 17, 2012 in St Thomas.

“It’s the same Sundays every year,” said Mrs Smith-Aaron who is slated to take over the reins of the association from Mr Lesmore Smith come January 2013.

The dates may change each year, Mrs Smith-Aaron acknowledged, but the period of time during each year for one of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar always remains the same.

“When it was set two years ago… it was set so that St Croix’s date falls on their Annual Agricultural Day… it ends in March [so it won’t] affect St. Thomas’ Carnival which is in April,” she further revealed.

“It’s consistent… the Committee is not going to sit down every year and choose the dates... it may be good for payroll one year [and] it may be bad another year,” she continued.

The recently elected president of the VI Horse Owners’ Association said she wanted everyone to be reassured that the Triple Crown is definitely still on and is currently in the planning stages.

She noted that position sheets were already out for the races and a tentative race card is likely to emerge as early as next week.

see previous story posted December 31, 2012:

Really Uptown’s owner cautious but eager about Triple Crown chances 

- says horse has a good chance of winning in ‘uncharted waters’ 

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge, the co-owner of champion racehorse, Really Uptown has expressed her hopes of being able to enter the upcoming Triple Crown based on her horse’s safe and successful recuperation following his recent exploits in emerging victorious at the Boxing Day races.

“Usually after a horserace you give a horse a week off[to recuperate]…” Mrs Hodge said, “within that week’s time we’ll see if there are any problems [so] we can fix it up at that time, so after the week we’ll see what’s going on”.

Mrs Hodge explained that she was in constant consultations with her trainer and they were both observing the progress of the horse since his last race on December 26, 2012 at Ellis Thomas Downs where Really Uptown smoked the competition, including Slevin, to win the feature race.

She felt that her chances of competing in the Triple Crown were good and noted that Really Uptown came out well after the race “… it’s like he didn’t even run a race,” she said.

The horse owner was cautious though, in saying that it often takes a few days after a race to determine whether any aches and pains arise.

Even though Really Uptown has shown no signs of concern since winning the Boxing Day races, she felt it was important to give him the necessary time to recuperate fully.

“Usually you might say a horse came out good… but it takes about two to three days before the aches and pains start to come in, because they’re so hyper at that time… so it’s not like you can make a decision right after a race,” she related.

Mrs Hodge confirmed that she was anxious and excited about the upcoming Triple Crown and said the trainer just had to give her the word [to go ahead] from here onwards. “I’ll be so glad,” she said.

“It’ll be good,” she continued, “my horse has been showing some signs and he’s going forward and I haven’t seen anything different…. When you get a young horse, you always try to see how far they can go.”

Commenting on whether she felt Really Uptown needed to make a statement during the Triple Crown to cement his status as a top competitor in the horse racing arena, she said, “He’s going to be venturing in uncharted waters as they say, because he has never gone to the distances that the Triple Crown has.”

The races, which are scheduled to start sometime in early January 2013, include a one miler, 1 mile 1/16 and 1 mile and 1/8 lengths on the tracks of Tortola, St. Thomas and St. Croix; distances at which the champion horse has only competed once before- at the Boxing Day races.

Previously, Really Uptown had been considered by many as a 7 furlong specialist and concerns were raised before his last victory about whether he could compete successfully at the longer distances.

“I’m really hoping that I can do it,” the L&B Stables co-owner noted while wishing her fans and supporters all the best for the upcoming new year.

17 Responses to “UPDATE: VI Triple Crown definitely on - Smith-Aaron ”

  • Fan (31/12/2012, 08:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uptown for the CROWN!!
  • Juelz (31/12/2012, 09:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2, 1 mile...and the beat goes on....Really Really Really up town..From my town to your town...Mommy tell dem dont sing it, bring it!!!!!
  • x factor (31/12/2012, 13:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i want to see a race with up town. sliven, bud white and throw in good propesting for the fun...that will be the race of the year!!!
  • bud white fan (31/12/2012, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    They scared of budwhite
  • Well (31/12/2012, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    girl Karen you coame out hot do not mind the nosie you will do well for the horse men dem
  • STJ Horseman (31/12/2012, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is right the Dates for the triple crown was set two years ago. Meaning the Months in which the triple crown take place. Jan, Feb and March. The exact date in the month was selected this year.
  • Truth (31/12/2012, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms. Aaron your comments on the dates that were chosen for the Triple Crown this year were not set two years ago if you had taken the time out and get the facts straight you would of known that the only ting that was set was the time of the year the Triple Crown would take place which are January, February and March not 13th or what ever. You need to listen to your fans and do ur research on how the pay periods flows in the BVIs. Your attitude displayed in your interview is bad for horse raceing.
  • caygirl (31/12/2012, 19:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The articles states that the date for St. Croix was set to coincide with the Agricultural Fair and the date for St. Thomas was set to avoid a potential clash with being too close to St. Thomas Carnival races. Now the dates for the triple crown races are basically equivalent to what they were last year but basically two days earlier. If the first leg is set any later...then there would be a quick turn around for the horses who want to run in the 2nd leg which is set to coincide with STX Agri. Fair. wn
  • caygirl (31/12/2012, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems like the reason some ppl dont like the 13 Jan for the first leg is because they think it falls too far from their last pay period. The rationale for this argument is beyond me, since as a society with many sectors ppl get paid at different times. Example some ppl may get paid weekly, some biweekly and some monthly. Also self-employed ppl may get paid at differing times. Therefore, it is virtually impossible to plan around the "pay period" of the BVI populace. In any event, to the ppl who maintain the argument that the races should fall on "a pay period" I say.... if you are living paycheck to paycheck now, perhaps you should stay home and listen to the races on the radio even if it's directly after you get paid. Save some money and budget wisely so you won't have to worry and gripe ever again about events (especially those which only have an admission of 10-15 dollars) being planned to coincide with when you get paid.
    • Crank Shaft (31/12/2012, 20:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Whoever need their paycheck just to attend horse racing don't need to be there. WTF? All you need is a $50.00 in your pocket. $10.00 to get in, another $10.00 -$20.00 for food and then the rest for a few drinks. Most people spend more than that of course, but if things are hard with you then a $50.00 shouldn't be too hard to spare? If it is too hard to spare then stay home, simple. lol
    • On the real (05/01/2013, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Caygirl I think ur comment by saying that if you live from pay check to paycheck and can't afford to attend the races stay home and listen to them on the radio was very hash. Mind u don't get what you ask for the rasional about horse race is that the same people who live from paycheck to paycheck are the ones who support horse races the most and are true horse racing fans. So mind what u are saying some people are very sensitive.
  • @ truth (31/12/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a fan and happen to think Ms Aaron's u interview was very informative and very good for horseracing. To Ms. Aaron who I know from her reputation as a brilliant accountant, please hold your head up high and don't mind the noise and negativity coming from empty vessels. You have been elected President for 2013 and I have every confidence that you will make an excellent President as you seem to be off to a very good start. Kudos to you and VINO for keeping the us in the loop.
  • @ truth (31/12/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a fan and happen to think Ms Aaron's u interview was very informative and very good for horseracing. To Ms. Aaron who I know from her reputation as a brilliant accountant, please hold your head up high and don't mind the noise and negativity coming from empty vessels. You have been elected President for 2013 and I have every confidence that you will make an excellent President as you seem to be off to a very good start. Kudos to you and VINO for keeping the us in the loop.
  • BELLS (31/12/2012, 21:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    me aint care but date me a horse race lover and me will be dey wid bells on mehson
  • Bar owner (01/01/2013, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gov please pay on friday let the people bring that paper to the track and have a good time.


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