Horse Racing

LLOYD DAVIS: A proud and dedicated owner

Wants to win the SVL series with Another Vigorous starting with the Cash Pot

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Lloyd Davis's name is not popular with many that follow horse racing, even though the soft-spoken owner has been involved in the sport for 19 years.

This is not a bother for the affable Davis. After all, horse racing is what he loves, as mere participation in the sport is more than a sufficient filip for the long-time owner.

For Davis it is about particpation in the sport of racing, but when this participation comes with winning races and visting the winners' enclosure, it is even better. Seeing Davis leading one of his horses after a victory, with hands apart in joy and a huge smile creased across his face, shows the enormous enjoyment he gets every time he steps on the hallowed grass of the winners' enclosure.

“I used to come to the track a very long time ago. In the early days when I was a youth growing up, I was always at the racetrack. After many, many visits to the track I got to love the game and the animals, and I told my good friend “Early B” that one day I am going to own some horses because I really love the sport.

“I eventually got involved in the racing industry as an owner in 1998; that is when trainer Rowan Mathie just got his trainer's licence as well. I claimed my first horse ( Mr Chin) and gave Mathie him to train. The first time Mr Chin raced he came second, and so one day I said to myself that if I buy a two-year-old, I would have a better chance at success.

“So in that first year of 1998, I bought two horses, Mr Vigorous and Ball Of Fire, at the Yearling Sales. I gave Mathie Mr Vigorous to train and I gave Owen Dawes Ball Of Fire to train.

“They did great for me. I won a couple of races with Mr Vigorous and Ball Of Fire. I went back and purchased Lady Lamtarra, Lady Vigorous and Getawayboy. Those horses did great for me as I won races with all of them.

“I just love the sport of horse racing. That is the real reason why I came into the game — for the love of it. I also bred a few horses in the past as well, and so you can see that I am all over in racing. I have bred some very nice horses. I bred a very good one but unfortunately he died, but that didn't stop me as I am still here in the game,” Davis told The Supreme Racing Guide.

With 27 winners so far, Davis said he is yet to achieve the dream of every owner, which is to win the Jamaica Derby or even anyone of the other Classic races.

And now Davis has a horse to match his infectious enthusiasm for the game — Another Vigorous. The two-year-old bay colt by Legal Process out of the Go For Gin mare Miss Nickels made a smashing debut when he won the Front Runner Sprint over five and a half furlongs (1,100m) in an impressive 1:05.4.

“From I came in racing, I always wanted to get a champion horse and that is why I am always buying two-year-olds. I just love the sport and every time my horses win I am always excited about it.

“I would love to win the Triple Crown of races. But moreover, I would love to win the Jamaica Derby. I ran in Derby already and came fifth with Mr Vigorous and fourth with Getawayboy. Getawayboy was second behind Miracle Man at the six-furlong marker when the saddle slipped and the jockey lost his balance.

“Yes, I feel like I can win the Jamaica Derby this time around. I feel as if I have the best two-year-old this season so far. Another Vigorous looks to have class and going places. I am looking for a brighter future next year and expecting him to do well,” Davis said.

He then explained how he got to purchase Another Vigorous.

“From I bought this horse, I knew that he [ Another Vigorous] was an extremely good horse. He was at many stables and everyone refused him, and so he went back to the farm. From the day I went to the farm this horse followed me everywhere I went and I said to myself, you know that this horse is telling me something — as if I should just take him — and I bought him.

“He was just working brilliantly in the mornings and so I was confident coming into the race. He is a very good horse — maybe the best right now as a two-year-old. My plan is that I want to win the three Two-Year-Old races in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series,” Davis declared.

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