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Two changes to Diamond Mile conditions

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Two condition changes have been made for the third running of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile Race to be run on December 2, 2017 at Caymanas Park.

Racing Secretary, Denzil Miller made the new conditions public on Tuesday at the Spanish Court Worthington during the launch of Jamaica's most prestigious race and race day.

The first change to the event is that instead of horses participating been selected based on their year-to-date earnings across all the racing levels from January to December, horses will now be selected based on their earnings at designated racing levels or classes.

These levels are: Graded Stakes, Open Allowance, Overnight Allowance and three-year-old Graded Stakes races. All other earnings will not be considered including stakes earned in claiming races.

The other change to the event is that imported horses, who are domiciled in Jamaica for more than a year will now be given a 2.0kg (five lb) allowance. The 2.0kg allowance will be applied based on the performances of the foreigners. The original condition of imported horses carrying 57.0kgs (126 lb) and local-bred at 55.0kgs (121 lb) still stands when the foreign bred horses are not in Jamaica for a minimum of a year.

The win and you are in condition remains the same, with the winners of the Jamaica Derby, the Superstakes, the Caribbean Sprint Championship and the Invitational Mile in the same year of the Diamond Mile getting automatic first preference entries into the Diamond Mile.

“Nothing really big or anything but just two minor changes. We decided to make these changes because we believe that it will be of good merit and it will improve on the performances on the road to the Diamond Mile,” Miller said.

The one-mile (1,600-metre) event carries a purse of US$115,000 and will again see purse payments to the first 10 finishers: $6,600,000 (first place), $2,200,000 (second place), $1,310,000 (third place), $815,000 (fourth place), $690,000 (fifth place), $557,000 (sixth place), $216,000 (seventh place), $195,000 (eighth place), $183,000 (ninth place), and $175,000 (10th place).

A commemorative trophy valued at $500,000 will be won outright by the winning owner. The winning breeder, trainer, jockey, and groom will also receive trophies. The Diamond Mile carries a nomination fee of $80,000.

— Ruddy Allen

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