Changes made to Diamond Mile conditions

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Changes made to Diamond Mile conditions

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Some major changes were made earlier this year for the fifth running of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile race scheduled for Caymanas Park next month.

The first major change to the event is the date. The first four Diamond Mile races took place in early December and it was decided to bring the event forward by a month with the new date for this year's renewal being November 9. This change of date is to facilitate the possibility of horses from Jamaica participating in the Caribbean Classic to be run in December at Gulfstream Park in Florida, as well as the other four races earmarked for regional horses.

Prior to this year horses gained entry to the Diamond Mile based on their year-to-date earnings at designated racing levels; for example, Graded Stakes, Open Allowance and Overnight Allowance over all distances. These levels had remained the same but this year specific distances have been added.

Earnings for Grade One/Graded Stakes horses will be accumulated at distances of six furlongs (1,200m) and over; Open Allowance races will be done at seven furlongs (1,400m) and over, and the same for the Overnight Allowance races.

Another major change to the conditions of the Diamond Mile is that the winner of the Gold Cup will get first-preference entry to the race.

Automatic first-preference entry for the winner of the previous Diamond Mile had remained the same, providing that the horse raced in a minimum of two Grade One races and finished first to third in at least one race.

The win and you are in condition had also remained the same, with the winners of the Jamaica Derby, the Superstakes, the Sprint Championship, and the Invitational Mile in the same year of the Diamond Mile receiving automatic first-preference entries into the Diamond Mile.

For imported three-year-old horses not domiciled in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago since May 1, 2019, colts and geldings carry 59.0 kgs (130 lb) with fillies and mares carrying 57.0 kgs (126 lb).

For native-bred four-year-old and upward and imported three-year-old and upward horses that are domiciled in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago since May 1, 2019, colts and geldings carry 56.0 kgs (123 lbs) and fillies and mares carry 54.0 kgs (119 lbs). For native-bred three-year-old horses that are domiciled in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago since January 1, colts and geldings are to carry 54.0 kgs (119 lb) and fillies and mares are set to carry 52.0 kgs (112 lb).

The one-mile (1,600-metre) event carries a purse of US$115,000 and will again see purse payments to the first 10 finishers: $6,600,000 (first place), $2,200,000 (second place), $1,310,000 (third place), $815,000 (fourth place), $690,000 (fifth place), $557,000 (sixth place), $216,000 (seventh place), $195,000 (eighth place), $183,000 (ninth place), and $175,000 (10th place).

A commemorative trophy valued at $500,000 will be won outright by the winning owner. The winning breeder, trainer, jockey, and groom will also receive trophies. The Diamond Mile carries a nomination fee of $80,000.

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