Horses who were down to compete in the third annual Digicel Horse Race Classic which was scheduled to run off on Thursday (Emancipation Day) will have to wait in their paddocks a bit longer as the meet has been postponed to August 11.
According to a source, the event, which will be staged at the Kennard Memorial Turf Club, was pushed back upon the request of members of the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA) to avoid clashing with the Emancipation Day celebrations.
Next Sunday, the winning horse of the feature B and Lower event at this year’s eight-race Classic will run away with $2.5M and the champion’s trophy.
The second place finisher will pocket $1,250,000 while the third and fourth places finishers will receive $625,000 and $313,000 respectively.
In the co-feature Three-year-old event for horses bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies, the winner is set to gallop away with $1.3M, while $650,000 will be awarded to the second place finisher. The third and fourth place winners will take home $325,000 and $162,000 respectively.
Notable steeds like Score’s Even, California Strike, Elle’s Vision, Grande Roja, The Message, Got To Go, Settle in Seattle as well as horses from Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Barbados and Jamaica will compete in the Classic.
1) The races will be run under the rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority.
2) In the event that there are less than five horses entered for any event, the club reserves the right to cancel or reframe the said event or reduce the prize money after consulting with the horse owners.
3) Owners of horses must pay at least $5000 for each horse at the time of entry. If not paid, the horse’s name would not appear on the official programme and the horse will not be permitted to run.
4) Five horses to start before a third place prize is paid.
5) Seven horses to start before a fourth place prize is paid.