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Jockey Jalon Samuel and other connections celebrate with Dorsett after winning the 2016 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup
The most prestigious race in Barbados is the Bar$214,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup (G1-Bar), celebrating its 35th running this year, along with the 20th year of Sandy Lane Resort's sponsorship, and the 50th anniversary of Bajan independence from Great Britain. Conditions were ideal at the Garrison Savannah Racecourse just outside Bridgetown, with a firm turf course, clear skies, temperatures in the mid 80's, and a 14 mph breeze from the east. The main event was delayed by almost an hour due to four separate fallen riders on the undercard requiring the ambulance to make multiple trips, as well as a bizarre incident involving an illegally parked car blocking the movement of the starting gate. In addition, every race start was delayed by fans crossing the track to/from the infield when the gate was already loaded.
A field of 10 faced the starter as the sun set, with Watchyourownbobber sent off as the 3-2 favorite in this 1800 meter (about 1 1/8 mile) contest, off his 3rd place finish in the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream after winning the Showing Up Stakes at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder). In to challenge him included 9-5 second choice War Envoy, second in a Tampa Bay allowance after a disappointing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), and 4-1 third choice and top local hope Just a Fashion, winner of the Coolmore Stakes last out, the major local prep for the Gold Cup. Defending champion Sayler's Creek was the 11-2 fourth choice, and has not raced since that win.
Dorsett takes the lead down the stretch.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place 1 Dorsett Samuel 21.90 5.40 2 Watchyourownbobber Husbands 2.10 4 War Envoy Pino 2.50 Winning Time: 1:49.80 $1 Exacta 1-2 28.55 $1 Trifecta 1-2-4 60.10 $1 Superfecta 1-2-4-10 225.70
Left: Dorsett was not happy with all the ruckus in the winner's circle.
Right: Dorsett cools off in the walking ring after the race. Winning jockey Jalon Samuel said, “I feel very good. I just can't believe it. It's a pleasure to ride this horse. When we turned the corner and I saw the opening I knew I had it won. I saw the space between horses, I asked him to go on through and he ran it perfect.”
Left: The happy connections celebrate with the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup trophy.
Right: Dorsett in the post parade. Dorsett was a graded stakes quality horse in North America back in 2014, including starts at Saratoga's Fourstardave Handicap (G2) and Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes (G2) and Woodbine Mile (G1), but never hit the board in those races.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Watchyourownbobber in the walking ring. The Mike Maker trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 13 starts, earning $198,490 for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Right: Owner Ken Ramsey doesn't look too upset to have finished second with Watchyourownbobber and fourth with Sayler's Creek.
Left: Third place finisher War Envoy in the post parade with jockey Mario Pino aboard. The Wesley Ward trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 17 starts, earning $229,925 for owner Mrs. Gay Smith (wife of Coolmore's Derrick Smith).
Right: The horses approach the final turn in the Gold Cup and look how close the fans have crowded on the inner and outer rails!
Iamsogroovy wins the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes
Results Chart (race 4)
Left: Iamsogroovy and jockey Jalon Samuel parade for the fans after the race.
Right: Iamsogroovy in the winner's circle. The Victor Cheeseman trainee improved her record to 11 wins, 7 seconds, and 6 thirds in 37 starts, earning Bar$163,516 for ownership group Aysha Syndicate.
Sirius Black winning the Tanglewood Stakes
Results Chart (race 6)
Left: Sirius Black parades for the fans after the race under jockey Patrick Husbands.
Right: Sirius Black in the winner's circle. The Victor Cheeseman trainee improved his record to 12 wins, 12 seconds, and 1 third in 31 starts, earning Bar$252,186 for owners David Bynce, Steve Walcott, and Marina Corbin.
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