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UPDATE - We had a strategy to beat Bud White – says trainer [Photoslide Included]

- Tortola’s East End Tap won in nail biter!
East End Tap (right) edges out Bud White at the Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack on St. Thomas March 18, 2012.
East End Tap wins his team a bonus $10, 000 for winning the final leg of the VI Triple Crown. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
East End Tap wins his team a bonus $10, 000 for winning the final leg of the VI Triple Crown. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
The feature race today will see all eyes on East End Tap and Bud White and horseracing pundits have given East End Tap of Tortola the slight edge to emerge victorious.
The feature race today will see all eyes on East End Tap and Bud White and horseracing pundits have given East End Tap of Tortola the slight edge to emerge victorious.
East End Tap's team and supporters were ecstatic over the win. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
East End Tap's team and supporters were ecstatic over the win. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
ST. THOMAS, USVI - It had seemed like déjà vu all over again when St Thomas horse Bud White was looking like he had victory under his harness in the final leg of the Johnnie Walker Triple Crown Classic yesterday Sunday March 18, 2012, but East End Tap in the final few seconds denied him that win and in the process smashed a track record – 1:52.03.

Basking in the sweet victory, Virgin Islands News Online spoke with Rodney Simmonds, the horse’s trainer, who revealed that his team strategized of how the Tortola horse would emerge winner on the Clinton E, Phipps Race Track.

“We said we were going to come out of the gate really fast, make them think we were going to go fast, let Bud White take the lead and let East End Tap have his way down the stretch. And it worked,” the trainer said.

The seasoned veteran trainer also credited East End Tap’s win to the weather – it had rained briefly in St. Thomas. “He loves to run long, the longer the races the better for him, especially when it’s raining he loves to run in the rain and the mud. He runs better. He loves the mud, he would splash in the mud all day.”

The nail biting and heart pounding mile and 1/8 race saw Bud White running in a close second, followed by Diablo’s Fire (STT); Berberis (St. Croix); Political Reporter (St. Croix) and Good Prospecting (Tortola) respectively.

In addition to the hefty $13,250 purse, East End Tap also copped a $10,000 bonus prize for winning the final leg.

And for his spectacular performance, East End Tap will be treated to his favourite treat, carrots, along with many hugs and kisses. His fans can expect to see him again on the Clinton E. Phipps Race Track during St. Thomas carnival race that is carded for next month.

Horseracing pundits had given East End Tap the edge over second leg winner Bud White as the Tortola horse marked a remarkable comeback from injury. The stallion had been improving race by race plus it had already been proven that Bud White was not invincible as he was beaten in his final race in the United States before coming to St. Thomas.

The first leg of the VI Triple Crown was ran in Tortola on January 15, 2012. Slevin of St. Croix emerged the winner with East End Tap second at the famous Ellis Thomas Downs. Slevin was then scratched from the final leg by its owner James Bates.

The second leg was held at St. Croix’s Randall ‘Doc’ James Racetrack on February 19, 2012 and was won by newcomer Bud White with Slevin beaten into second place and East End Tap running in third.

Apart from East End Tap’s win, the only other Tortola horse to secure a spot on the race card was Out of Wine, a horse that was recently purchased by Lesmore Smith, President of the VI’s Horse Owners’ Association. That horse came in second to Moments Away, St. Croix in the seventh race – 1 mile and 70 yard.

Finish in Style out of St. Thomas ran third.

Tortola’s Broken Home was fourth in his race and Man From The Hill was scratched.

Over 3,000 persons turned out yesterday, and between races were entertained by the St. Thomas Majorettes, Tortola’s reggae sensation Ritical and USVI’s soca diva Rudy.

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23 Responses to “UPDATE - We had a strategy to beat Bud White – says trainer [Photoslide Included] ”

  • fan (18/03/2012, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    East end tap mek we proud
    • fair play (18/03/2012, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's hope they do not cheat you know how them st tomiun plays this game
    • positive vibresion (19/03/2012, 01:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was very proud to see the early support for east end tap could not believe the bvi been positive for once!!!
  • Plain (18/03/2012, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can a tripple crown winner be crowned when Slevin won the first leg and Bud White won the second leg? In a tripple crown it's the horse that wins the three legs win it all no? You all confusing people big time man.
    • Horse Owner (18/03/2012, 22:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Its on most point accumulated over the three races and with East End Tap competing in all 3 races and winning gave him the most points.
    • Tola (19/03/2012, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      nobody got da $25,000.00 bonus so dat tells u nobody was crown da triple crown winner,East End Tap came 2nd,3rd and 1st so he had da most points= $10,000.00 bonus
  • Roy (18/03/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    my lil two cents on east end tap althrow dem say bud white will win!
  • whoes who? (18/03/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like everybody and their mother gone to rock city!
  • wip it (18/03/2012, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea yea yea east end top rules
  • good show (18/03/2012, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you was on the money you said east end tap will win and he won kudos!
  • tola (18/03/2012, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This was a good day for tortola
  • english man (19/03/2012, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NOW LET ME SEE WHAT JOHNNY GOT TO SAY..BIG UP TO BAD BOYZ STABLES..YOU DID IT
    • the rock (19/03/2012, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      dont get it mixed up..bad boys are on they way back..and trust me u will know when there arrive..that's the bouys stables...congrats to them..excellent job done!
      • parent (19/03/2012, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        as for me, aint care what stable dem from all me know is tola win and me happy happy happy
  • dude (19/03/2012, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well dem frig now, we done beating BudWhite on their track n our old brocken down horses wait til the demons reach, if they try this ting again we got it for sure
  • local (19/03/2012, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say how proud I was yesterday to be at the races and the good job and studding performance that was done by East End Tap. BVI clear up…long live the triple crown!
  • st. john (20/03/2012, 22:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Me so happy for the boyz stable Rodney boss you ah real horse man you got balls even when the odds were against you job well done yall
  • CNN (21/03/2012, 06:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was indeed a good day for the BVI as the two big winners on on the track were East End Tap and Ritical....his perfromance was the best very impressive i was very very very proud of that young man.
  • Hayley (29/03/2012, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the race schedule listed? I am looking for information on the carnival races and cant find anything anywhere!


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