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Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Triple Crown returns

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) is now partnering with its wholly owned subsidiary, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited to host the 13th staging of the 2017 SVL Two-Year-Old 'Triple Crown' series of races

The series comprises three graded races over distances ranging from six furlongs to a mile and starts with the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy over six furlongs (1,200 metres) for a purse of $3.25 million.

Then, on November 25, it will be the Pick 3 - Super Challenge Trophy over seven furlongs (1,400 metres) for a purse of $3.6 million. The final leg is slated for December 26 (Boxing Day) with the 105th running of the SVL Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes (Grade One) over a mile (1,600 metres) with a $4-million purse.

SVL will inject $4.65 million to the purses over the three race days, with an additional $1 million listed as a bonus to be presented to the owner of the horse winning all three races.

To become eligible for the $1 million bonus and free entry to the first two races, horses must have either passed through, sold or unsold at the 2016 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) of Jamaica Yearling Sale or have been nominated by their owners to TOBA on/or before the 2016 TOBA Yearling Sale. Horses that were not entered, sold or nominated at the TOBA Yearling Sale are still eligible to run in the series, only if their owners pay a nomination fee of $50,000, but they will not be eligible for the $1 million bonus.

Also at the launch of the 'Triple Crown' series, which was held at the Spanish Court Worthington on Tuesday, the Jamaica Racing Commission was awarded for its 45th year of service to the racing industry. Chairman of the commission Anthony Shoucair collected the award.

Paul Hoo, chairman of SVL, believes that his company has latched on to something really special.

“This is an event that we created 13 years ago, and after taking a long and hard look at the racing landscape we wanted to create something new, exciting and different. The fact that we are still here 13 years later shows that we found exactly what we were looking for.

“This series allows not only significant income for young horses and their owners, but also previews the top contenders for the Classics for three-year-olds. Ultimately, and with continued work, the benefits will be reaped by all involved. This is already an industry that employs, directly and indirectly, some 20,000 Jamaicans. The potential for even more growth is there, and so we are very optimistic about the future,” Hoo said.

Possible starters in the first of the series are Nadeshico, Necromancer and Patriarch from the barn of Anthony Nunes; Wayne DaCosta's Without Exception; Another Vigorous from trainer Rowan Mathie; Honey Ryda — trainer Richard Azan; Gary Subratie's My Sister; Philip Feanny's Exhilarate; and Christopher Pierre's Dad's Luck.

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