Glorious day for Actspectations: left to r: Hon. E.
Parsons, Chief Minister
Orlando Smith, Mrs Lettie Hodge, and jockey Angel Rivera [photo Stephen McMaster]
Mountain man whipped into second
By Dean Greenaway
The most talked about local horse these days is Mountain Man and rightly so
as he as been racing and winning both here and in the USVI, but last
Tuesday he was beaten into second spot with St. Thomas's My Special
Delivery winning over seven furlongs in a time of 131 and three fifths,
mountain man came in a good second with the popular Blackberry Sting
running third and Peanut Prospect holding up the rear.
Race two saw Marlon Edwin put the first of his two new horses on show
coming in third on Peluzo Panzi Panzi, with Tilt halo out of the USVI first
in a time of 130 flat over seven furlongs and Mr. Roberto Trress out of the
USVI second. Autom Frost also out of the USVI was last.
Race three saw Marlon Edwins other horse princess of Heather get his first
win under her new owner in a time of 145 over a mile, second was Honest
Past and the lone entry out of St. Croix Miss Ray was last. It was a sad
afternoon for owner Fredricks who was banking on a good race in order to
sell the horse to a local buyer, but the Cruzan was less than impressive to
say the least.
Actspectation needs one more for twenty
The British Invader, Acspectation won his 19th race of the season on August
Tuesday, defeating a somewhat over rated Timber Yield over one mile in a
time of 143 flat. The first five furlongs of the race proved to be quite
eventful as the much larger Timber Yield attempted to overtake the minute
champ on two accasions.
As the two horses raced past the grand stand for the first time the crowd
roared in anticipation of a great race. Actspectation held the inside and
Timber Yield hustled and bustled on the outside, but at the famous five
eighths pole Actspectation did what he has done so many times before,
leaving Timber Yield for dead. The real challenge for Timber Yield as for
any horse racing against Actspectation, is to attempt to find his weak
spot, but as usual Actspectation showe no sign of any.
At his favourite mark, going on the back stretch for the second time,
Actspectation kicked up hill and Timber Yield had no response and
Actspectation the defending champion of the Chief Minister's Cup was
crowned champion again.
Wally calls for Timber
The Trevor Gordon Memorial Handicap, was the co-feature race of the day and
proved to be the most exciting race as well. With the largest number of
horses assembled to race, it was destined to be exciting. The favourite in
the race was Running Thunder, a horse which has the distinguished and rare
privilege of being one of the few horses to have ever defeated
Actspectation. Also in the race was Seattle Chief, Rushing Away, Wally and
The mile race saw Seatle Chief, Rushing Away and Supremacy battling for the
lead, but with under three furlongs left in the race supremacy and Rushing
Away made a gap in the front and Wally passed between the two horses and
never looked back. The amazing thing about the race was the time.
Actspectation won his mile race in 143 flat, while Wally won his race in a
time of 143 and four fifths. With Actspectation defeating Timber Yield by
more than five lengths, Wally's fans are now more than convinced that this
horse is ready compete and defeat Timber Yield.
In the final race of the day saw Two deposit Only out of St. Thomas defeat
another USVI horse Sunday F in a time of 1:04 and two fifths. Third was
Eddy Nathon and last Como Babe both locally owned.
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