Horse Racing

DIAMOND MILE: Time running out to earn


Friday, October 13, 2017

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With the Diamond Mile set for Saturday, December 2, the scramble to earn enough money to participate in the richest race on the local calendar and truly on.

Some of the more celebrated horses currently on the racetrack are finding it difficult to earn because of a number of issues with injuries playing a significant part in the equation.

The importance of the Gold Cup, to be competed for on Heroes Day (Monday October 16), and Superstakes Day, on November 11, with the Superstakes itself, the Caribbean Sprint championships and the Invitational Mile all in the mix — represent the last two major money spinners for horses to earn and thereby confirm their starting stall position for the big race.

Based on the latest list of earnings as at October 9, some calculations can be provisionally made as to a possible list of 16 starters to participate in the Diamond Mile.

Way out in front is She's A Maneater after her Triple Crown success.

Fearless Samurai has injury issues and was recently claimed. It is still unsure whether or not new trainer Stephen Todd will enter or not.

Campesino is more than qualified and is almost sure to represent the barn of Philip Feanny.

Three-year-old winner of the Lotto Classic, Market Force is on the comeback trail and did not perform up to par in the Fontainbleu, and his participation at this time is uncertain.

The two most improved horses in training, Will In Charge and Chace The Great, more than likely will take up their post positions as they have both earned enough to run in the Diamond Mile. Will In Charge has really been impressive of late and is sure to find the one-mile journey right up his street. Chace The Great found his success in the sprints with one mile therefore just a bit over his best journey.

Oaks heroine Marlene My Love is dealing with an injury and has not raced since the Derby in June, while champion two-year-old of last year, Sotomayor, is presently not in training.

Possibly the most exciting horse in training right now is the foreign filly Choo Choo Blu who should bolster her stocks in the Gold Cup and maybe in the Invitational Mile. Choo Choo Blu is a real-live contender for the Diamond Mile.

Gary Glitter, Sir Budget, Brawn and Houdini's Magic can all be considered Diamond Mile starters, with Houdini's Magic having the distinction of finishing third in last year's race.

Missing thus far from the possible top 16 are two-time winner of the Diamond Mile, Seeking My Dream, who is hampered by injuries, plus he has not earned enough to guarantee a place; Perfect Neighbour is also dealing with health issues and will probably not race until 2018, and Bigdaddykool has to earn big in his remaining races before the Diamond Mile to be sure of his position in the race with his best chance being in the Superstakes over 10 furlongs (2,000m).




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