By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Returning to racing after a 3½ months lay off, Apollo Sky ran away from Doughmaker during Sunday’s BVI Horse Racing Association’s One Mile feature that turned into a match race between horses from the territory’s top stables, for his fourth victory in his last five starts at the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay.
Apollo Sky sprinted away from Doughmaker as they left the gate and controlled the $5000 race for Class A horses, running the half in 48.4, en route to a comfortable victory in 1 minute, 46.1. Dough Maker who beat St. Croix’s St. Moose in St. Thomas last month, trailed by as much as four lengths in the race.
“My only concern was that my horse hadn’t run since Boxing Day and I didn’t know how fully conditioned he was in running this race, but, he showed me today that we could train and we are the best trainers in this camp,” said assistant trainer Enos Aaron of the Boy’s Stables of Apollo Sky who lost to St. Thomas’ Break Up The Game on Oct 26. “I train my horses to lead. Go back through our last three race and you’ll see, they were all victories.”
Aaron said the victory felt good as they were up against the big bad L& B Stables who had the great Really Up Town and the great Actspectation. “We don’t get recognized. Nobody talks about us because we are quiet, humble and don’t do anything,” he noted. “But, we are the best when it comes to horse racing.”
The card opened with debutant Yes By Eric making a victorious start to his career, winning the 6½ Furlongs race, which offered a $3000 purse in 1:26.4. He was followed by Mark it A Wynn, with Meddling Birdy, the other debutant the show horse. Power Ten finished ahead of Original Runner, in the opening race for Class E horses.
Prince of Speed won his second successive race as he outdistanced Buy, Buy, Buy coming down the home stretch to win the One Mile for Class D and E horses in 1:49.0. Oryithyia finished well off the pace as they raced for $3200 in prizes.
Bitter Sweet Dream put the field to sleep after running the half in 50 flat en route to going gate to wire in the Mares and Fillies battle for $3500 over 6½ Furlongs, with a wining time of 1:25.1. Miss Homer who tried valiantly to catch Bitter Sweet Dream, placed with Southern Dunn as the show horse. True Essence was scratched.
Fort Pyramid won the fourth race and was followed by Star Ship Titan. Debutant Kiton—nosed out Sin Mirar Atras in the $4000 race for Class B and C horses over 7 Furlongs. The winning time for Fort Pyramid was 1:31.0.
Chilean Boy stayed off the pace in the day’s final race, then matched strides with Trading Secrets over the last 3 Furlongs before outsprinting him on the stretch run to win the $4500 race for Class B1 and B2 horses over 7 furlongs in 1:31.0. Luxury Appeal finished well off the pace as the show horse.