Horse Racing

Ready for Diamond Mile – racing secretary

…race could decide fate of Horse of the Year plus owners', jockeys', trainers' championships

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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All seems to be getting in place quite well for the fourth running of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Diamond Mile on Saturday, December 1, at Caymanas Park.

That's the word from the racing secretary at the promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, Paul Roman.

“From our end, preparations for this year's Diamond Mile are getting into place quite nicely.

“The Diamond Mile horses are on the track preparing for this stellar engagement which this year is packed with added significance as the result of the race could be the main determining factor in the outcome of three major championships.

“After last Saturday's race meet, jockey Anthony Thomas leads Dick Cardenas by seven wins, while current champion trainer Wayne DaCosta still holds the advantage over his main rival Anthony Nunes and it is a straight duel involving Carlton Watson and Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh in the owners' championship,” Roman informed.

The racing secretary was then asked how the close battles in the various championships could affect the promoting company.

“The closeness of the three championships makes for heightened interest as both race-goers and non-racing fans are already having a say as to who will win and why they will win.

“People are very vocal about who they are supporting in these three championships and one can feel the excitement building in the air as the Diamond Mile gets closer.

“For us at the promoting company the more excitement we can get going into a race day like the Diamond Mile, the better it is because more people are going to attend at the racetrack and our off-track betting parlours and as is usually the case, the presence of more people at the track and our betting parlours usually translates into an increase in betting, which is good for both racing in general and for us,” Roman said.

As to the race itself, Roman offered: “Checks by the Racing Office and information gathered from our morning officials show that most of the horses already qualified for the Diamond Mile and those who are close to qualifying were doing their various gallops in preparation for the Diamond Mile.”

The fact that the two best horses in training at present, Will In Charge and She's A Maneater clash again in the Diamond Mile was not lost on the racing secretary.

“A race is a race and any horse can win a race once he or she gets to and out of the starting gates in good order.

“The 2018 Diamond Mile, however, has the added attraction of having Will In Charge winner of the Cal's Tomato Ketchup Gold Cup (seven furlongs) again defeating She's A Maneater, while She's A Maneater just got home in the Burger King Superstakes over Will In Charge.

“The finish of the Superstakes was really something to behold as a packed to the rafters Caymanas Park watched quality thoroughbreds fight to the very end with the bob of a neck being the decider.

“These two horses meet once more in the Diamond Mile and for sure racing fans want to see them, that is, Will In Charge and She's A Maneater at it again plus any other horse/s wanting to join the fray. You have to bear in mind, also, that if either She's A Maneater or Will In Charge wins the Diamond Mile, then it's a significant step closer to be voted as the 2018 Horse of the Year.

“There is much at stake in the Diamond Mile and we at the promoting company are stepping up our preparation to have an incident-free race day for all concerned. We are running our Diamond Mile adverts throughout our system on in general media daily to ensure interest is aroused so that the entire Jamaica know it is Diamond Mile time.

“We are inviting all to be present on December 1 when the fourth running of the Diamond Mile will unfold,” a now passionate Roman told the Supreme Racing Guide.

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